Everyone has them now but not everyone uses them properly which puts their data at risk. If you do not use a USB drive properly, you could lose all of your files. Here is how to properly use a USB drive.
USB drives are also known as jump drives or thumb drives. They are great to carry files between computers and to store files you want access to wherever you go.
When you insert the USB drive into the USB port of a computer, it may or may not automatically open. This is dependent on the computer settings and / or the settings on the USB drive. Some people set their computer to not open USB drives automatically because they do not want it to interfere with what they are doing.
When USB drive is inserted, the computer will recognize it and you can use it as you would a hard drive to store your files. If you delete a file(s) from the USB drive, it will NOT go to the recycle bin - it will be permanently deleted so be careful when deleting files on a USB drive.
When you want to remove a USB drive, do not just pull it out of the computer. If you do this, you may lose some or all of your files. The USB drive must be uninstalled. To uninstall the drive, click on the Safely Remove hardware icon in the notification area (generally lower right corner - the right side of the taskbar) You may need to expand the notification area to see the icon. Click on the icon and select the drive you want uninstalled and only remove the USB drive when it says it is safe to do so.
There are many brands of USB drives to choose from. I prefer SanDisk because the connection retracts into itself and there is no cap to lose although other brands work just as well too.