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How to use Disk on Key (aka USB Flash Drive or Stick Memory)

Remove the cap (if any) and plug the unit into the USB port on the front of your computer. The USB port for some older models and laptops is located on the back. If your USB port is located on the back you can purchase a USB extender so you don't have to reach behind the computer each time to plug it in.

What does a USB port look like? The picture at right shows two USB ports on the back of an older computer. These are located on the front of newer computers for easy access.

When you plug the disk on key into the USB port the computer will automatically recognize it. The Found New Hardware screen will appear and show the installation of drivers. This should only happen the first time you plug it in.

After the installation has stopped running your disk on key is ready to use in the same way you would use a floppy disk that is also known as the A Drive. In "most" cases this new drive will show up as the E Drive and be labeled "removable storage." You are now ready to save or transfer documents to this new drive as you would on a floppy drive or CD ROM.

There is a proper way to eject the disk-on-key. In the lower right hand corner of the tool bar there is an Unplug/Eject Hardware icon. Click on this and check Stop USB Mass Storage Device. In a few seconds you should get notification that it is now safe to unplug this device.

Click on OK and you can now safely remove the disk on key. You should never remove the device if the light on the end of it is blinking. If you remove the disk on key without using the unplug/eject hardware icon you will get the following warning.

The disk on key works on most Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems as shown above. However, if you are running Windows 98 then you may have to install the drivers separately. These directions should be on the paperwork that comes with the disk on key.