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What is a USB?

A USB flash drive or memory stick (same thing) can be used to store documents, pictures and more.  Files can be easily saved, updated, moved and deleted.

They are available in very large capacities, widely compatible, easy to use and very reliable (if used correctly, please see below).

Forgot yours?  Need one?  Our IT Staff Service Desk and Media Loans counters sell them.

Tips for using USBs

USB flash drives are a very safe way to store and carry your data if used correctly, however:

  • always back up important files to more than one location. No storage medium is 100% reliable
  • never just unplug your drive, always use the Safe To Remove Hardware procedure above
  • if you disconnect the drive while data is being transferred you could lose some or all of the files on the drive
  • use the usb ports in the back of the PC rather than the front
  • if the drive comes with a protective cap or has a retractable USB connector, please use this when the drive is not in use

How to use USB storage

A USB can be plugged into any spare USB port on the front or back of the PC.  It will appear as a drive in Windows Explorer (usually as a 'removable drive').

These instructions are for using the Library PCs, but most PCs will be similar

  1. Plug the USB into a free USB port, but do not force as you risk damaging the PC/USB
  2. After insertion you should see 'Installing Device Driver', then when your USB is ready to use, it will say:
  3. Click Start  > Computer to access the drive.  Your USB device will usually appear with the 'E': under 'Devices with Removable Storage', but this can vary.  You can save any document to your USB using the 'Save As' option.
  4. When you want to remove your USB left click on the 'Show hiden icons button > Safely remove hardware and eject media' and select your 'removable disk' from the list:
  5. Do not remove the USB until 'Safe to remove hardware' message is displayed - you could damage your device:


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Don't leave them behind!

Over the year we get hundreds of USB memory sticks handed in as lost property, so please don't forget to take yours with you.