How to safely Remove your USB Drive:
- Plug into the computer
- The computer should automatically install the drivers
needed. On school computers, you will
need to select “continue” three times.
- The school computer will see the flash drive as “E:\”
- You can save to the drive like any disk.
- Save or Save-As
- Select the "E:\" Drive (Removable Disk)
- DO NOT pull out USB drive when green light is flashing
can wreck the drive!)
- DO NOT pull out USB drive without clicking the “Safely
Remove Hardware” button at the bottom of your screen.
What is U3?
- Double Click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon.
- Click on the "Stop" Button.
- Click "OK"
- You will see a message saying it is OK to remove your drive. An
LCD light on the drive may switch off.
- You may remove your drive.
Some newer and larger USB Thumb drives (above 2 GB) use a technology
called U3. U3 tends to work well with most Windows based
computers. However, with some of the school machines the U3
drives show up as a "CD ROM" when the drivers install and then assign
two drive letters to the thumb drive (E and F). This creates a
challenge because the F drive sometimes is obscured by the network
drives. You will need to use "Computer Management" to reassign
drive letters to access the data. I tend to avoid U3 drives
because they are not as compatible with other platforms like OSX and
USB Digital Camera Connections:
In Technology 2 we covered how to connect and transfer photographs from
a camera to a computer. In review - most computers will "see" a
digital camera as an external hard drive and assign it a drive letter
(Usually E:\ or F:\). You than can copy (drag and drop) picture
files from the camera to the computer.
Computer Help: The file system on a Camera Card typically has a
folder called "DCIM." Inside this folder will be another folder
labelled with the model number of the camera. It is within this
folder you will find your picture files. If the memory card in
the camera was used in several different cameras, you may need to
navigate from directory to directory to find your pictures.
Transfering Pictures: Windows XP has a wizard that prompts you to
transfer the pictures. If you choose to use this wizard, note
where the picture files are saved. Usually they will in the "My
Pictures" folder in your "My Documents" folder. I prefer to
directly transfer the pictures.