How to Use a Memory Stick on Windows XP

Updated April 17, 2017

Memory Stick is a Sony Corporation brand flash storage device introduced in 1998 as an alternative to 3.5-inch floppy disks. Memory Sticks are approximately the thickness and size of a common stick of gum. Memory Sticks store between 4 megabytes (MB) and 128 MB. These storage devices can be connected to a compatible reader and accessed with a PC running the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. This article will guide you step by step to using a Memory Stick with Windows XP.

Find a Memory Stick reader. One may be built in to your computer or you can use a separate unit that can connect to your Windows XP computer via a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port. If you do not have a Memory Stick reader, you can find one at the link in the References section.

Insert the Memory Stick into the Memory Stick reader. Windows XP should automatically recognise and mount the Memory Stick. If your Memory Stick does not mount, see the next section on Troubleshooting Your Memory Stick.

Click the "Start" menu (commonly located in the lower left corner of your monitor) and click "My Computer."

Double-click the icon with the name of your Memory Stick. A window will appear showing the contents of your Memory Stick.

Drag and drop any files you would like to copy from your Memory Stick to one of your other volumes mounted in Windows XP. You can also copy to your Memory Stick by dragging and dropping files into the window displaying the contents of your Memory Stick or on the icon that represents it.

Remove your Memory Stick from the reader to store your device or connect your Memory Stick to another computer.

Remove and reinsert your Memory Stick in your Memory-Stick-compatible reader. It should slide easily into the reader and fit securely.

Disconnect and reconnect your Memory Stick reader in the USB port.

If Windows XP still does not recognise your Memory Stick, see the How-To Geek link in References for troubleshooting instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Memory Stick
  • Memory-Stick-compatible reader
  • PC running Windows XP
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Steve Hane has been a professional aerial photographer since 2005. In 2006, he became a licensed realtor in Maryland. He has published work and given presentations on subjects such as standardizing psychological autopsies, suicide terrorism and re-entry planning for inmates. Hane holds an M.A. in forensic psychology from Marymount University.