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USB Flash Drive Instructions

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The USB Flash/Thumb Drive is a popular means of transporting files and media. These devices can be used in lab and classroom computers, but the procedure may be different from what one might be used to on their home or personal computer. Most of the time when a user encounters an issue using a USB memory device, it is because the device is trying to map itself to a drive letter that is already in use by a network drive (i.e. the g drive). Below is an illustrated walkthrough on using a USB Drive on a shared Loyola computer.

Step 1 - Insert the USB Memory Device into one of the computer's USB ports.

Step 2 - Verify that the computer has installed, and recognizes the USB drive.

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Step 3 - Find the USB device among the volumes displayed. It is likely the volume with the FAT file system.

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Step 4 - Right-click on this volume and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths."

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Step 5 - In the new window, select the "Change" option.

Step 6 - In the dropdown menu, select a drive letter that is not currently in use by the computer.

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Step 7 - Click OK, and you should now see the USB Memory Device in "My Computer" mapped to the drive letter you designated. 

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Step 8 - When finished and wish to remove the drive, Left-Click "Safely Remove Hardware" in the taskbar, and select the device.

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