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How to Use a USB Memory Stick for Laptop Memory

Updated March 23, 2017

A memory stick--also known as a jump, flash, thumb or pen drive--is a memory device that plugs into your computer's USB port. Depending on the amount of storage space that they boast, these small drives can potentially hold thousands of files. USB memory sticks are ideal for transferring files back and forth between computers and are also handy for laptop users, because they are small and removable. Using a memory stick helps free up important space on your laptop, which can boost speed and performance.

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  1. Insert the USB memory stick into an open USB port on your laptop. Wait for the computer to recognise the device, and select "Open folder to view files" when the AutoPlay window pops up. This opens a window that shows all of the files on the memory stick.

  2. Store files on the USB memory stick by clicking on them and dragging them to the memory stick window. To transfer multiple files at once, click on the first file, and hold down the "Ctrl" key while you select the others. Once they are all highlighted, drag them to the memory stick window. It may take a few minutes for the files to transfer over.

  3. Remove the USB memory stick properly. Click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the lower right-hand side of the system tray. Select the memory stick from the list of removable devices. Windows will notify you when it is safe to remove the device.

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Misty Rodriguez, born and raised in Orlando, Florida, has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has a wide variety of experience and mainly focuses on search engine optimization, mystery shopping narratives and how-to articles. Misty has an Associate of Arts degree in general education from Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL, and is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in nursing.

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