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October 12, 2013
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Document Title: Technology World's Official Windows Hardware Installation Guides
Author: Michael J. Casimir
Creation Date: October 12, 2013
Last Modified: Saturday, October 12, 2013 11:16 PM
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Applies To:
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Document Overview:
How To Install A USB Flash Drive For Use With Windows 7, Vista, and XP


Flash drives are small, portable data storage devices that plug into a computer's USB port. These devices can hold as much as 64 GB of information. At their largest, they are only the size of a pack of gum. Some flash drives offer their own security in the form of built-in encryption. A few offer fingerprint authentication for times when securing information is of the utmost importance. There are also flash drives that are water-resistant and shockproof, for those who tend to be a little rough with their equipment. Flash drives are sometimes called USB drives, thumb drives or jump drives.

Install The USB Flash Drive

  1. Insert the flash drive into a USB slot connected to your computer. These are small, rectangular ports typically on the sides or backs of laptop computers, or on the fronts or backs of desktop towers.

  2. Plug your flash drive into the USB port. The drive will slide in only if it is turned in the right direction, so if you have trouble inserting it, turn it over.

  3. Make sure your computer sees the flash drive. It should launch a menu, letting you know that it has found a new storage device. You can choose an option from the menu or close the menu if you don't need to immediately access the flash drive.

  4. Install the flash drive's driver if your computer doesn't recognize the flash drive. The flash drive's packaging should include the manufacturer's website address. Open your Internet browser, go to that address, and download the flash drive's driver from the site. Install the driver on your computer. After that, your computer should be able to recognize your drive.

  5. Most USB flash drives are plug and play compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7, so the operating system should automatically detect the drive and install appropriate drivers.

Ejecting The Device

To remove a device safely without data loss use a "safely remove hardware" procedure or Eject function from Windows Explorer.

1 - Safely Stopping a USB Device Prior To The Removal

Hardware Specifications:
SanDisk Cruzer 32 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Hardware Specifications

  • Black and red design
  • 32 GB capacity
  • Retractable USB 2.0 connector
  • Premium, reliable and secure storage for your videos, music, photos, or other files
  • Protect your sensitive files - included SanDisk SecureAccess software lets you protect access to your personal files in a password-protected private vault.
  • Easy to use
  • Plug and Play compatibility with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
Installation Walkthrough:
  1. Open My Computer.

  2. Select Format on the flash drive.

  3. Choose NTFS in the File System dropdown box.

  4. Right click the drive and select Properties.

  5. Choose Policies tab and select the "Optimize for performance" option.

  6. Device formatting is completed.

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