GPC Libraries -- Clarkston Library (JCLRC)
Using a Flash/USB Drive

Using a Flash/USB Drive

Flash drives (also called USB drives) are finger size devices that hold 'the equivalent of hundreds of floppy disks' worth of files. Flash drives on library computers are far more reliable than floppy disks. Library computers nearly always recognize flash drives and nearly never "eat" them. This handout explains how to save files to flash drives on library computers.

1) First, find your flash drive and remove its cover.

2) Next, plug the drive in to the computer. On library computers, the flash drive port is on the right side. When properly inserted, the flash drive lights up.

3) A pop up like the one below also appears on the screen signaling that the computer recognizes the drive. You can just close this pop up.

pop up message indicates the flash drive is plugged in

4) To save to a flash drive, click Save under Files or Save Target As (depending on the type of file you are saving) as in the illustration at the right.

5) Then set the scroll bar at the top of the screen to the drive letter for your flash drive. This may be any letter between D and Z. If you make a mistake or have forgotten, you will receive an error message like the one on the right. If this happens, just try again with different removable drive letters until you get the correct drive.

The drive lights up when it's in the port.

Saving an image to a flash drive

You're saving to the wrong drive

6) Then make sure you have the right name for your file and click Save to put it on your flash drive.

7) Be sure to unplug your flash drive and take it with you when you are done with your library computer.