How to Read a Memory Stick

Written by louise balle | 13/05/2017
How to Read a Memory Stick
Learn how to read a memory stick in a few simple steps. (memory card image by Dariusz Urbanczyk from

A memory stick is another name for a memory card. It is used for storage with small electronic devices like digital cameras. It is a miniature hard disk with similar storage functions as the disk you have in your computer. You can save information like photos or videos to your memory stick. It's easy to read the storage device and then save the information to your computer.

Remove your memory stick from your electronic device. Be careful not to bend the disk, put it near heat or place it near a magnet. These actions can compromise the data.

Insert the stick into a memory card reader. This is small device that has a slot on one end and a USB connector on the other for your computer. When you purchase your reader, make sure that it is compatible with your type of memory stick—check the size and brand of the memory stick to confirm that it will fit.

Insert the memory card reader into your USB port and allow a few minutes for your computer to recognise it as new hardware. Follow the hardware wizard to install drivers to your system if necessary.

Navigate to "My Computer" on your "Start" menu and click to open the folder. You'll see a new drive that represents your memory stick. Double-click the icon to read the stick and access your files. You can copy or cut and paste items to another folder on your computer. Delete files you don't want, add new ones or organise your files as needed.

Things you need

  • Memory card reader
  • USB-compatible computer

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