So you have got yourself a USB flash drive, and you want to use it with your Windows 10? The good news is that it’s fairly simple and anyone can do it, keeping few things in mind.

There are tons of things you can do with your flash drive ranging from transferring files, creating backups up to formatting. The truth is that you can do all of them on any kind of operating system -any Windows, IOS or Linux. The only real difference will be the interface and steps how to do it. In this article, we have created a guide on how to use your flash drive with Windows 10.

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How to use your flash drive

  1. Plug in your USB flash drive into any USB port. If your USB flash drive has USB 3.0 connector, make sure you plug it in USB 3.0 port for maximum performance and data transfer speeds. Although it will work just fine if plugged into USB 2.0 port – most USB 3.0 flash drives are backward compatible with USB 2.0. But beware of slower speeds.Flash drive plugged in laptop
  2. Open “File Explorer.” The easiest and fastest way to navigate to File Explorer is through Windows 10 Toolbar – look for an icon that looks like a folder.File explorer
  3. Once File Explorer window is open, in the left selection pane find “This PC“. Click on it. Under “Devices and drives” you can see all drives that are connected to your PC – USB flash drives, internal hard drives, external hard drives as well as cameras or smartphones. Double click on your USB flash drive or just click on it and press Enter.
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4. Now you can do whatever you want or need with your drive – manage documents, media files. Copy and delete files, format your USB flash drive.

5. When you are done, remember to safely remove your flash drive so you don’t lose are corrupt any of your valuable files. You can do so by locating arrow on the right side of the Toolbar, then click on it, find an icon that looks like a USB flash drive. Click on it and then click on “Eject.” That’s it!Safely remove USB

How does flash drive work?

Just like any other drive, USB flash drive is also a storage device. This means you can do the same things as you could with an external hard drive, for example. The only real difference is how USB flash drive is made. Unlike conventional drives with a mechanical spinning disk inside, flash drive or thumb drives use NAND or NOR flash memory, and their working principle is similar to Solid State Drives. All you have to do is simply plug your flash drive into any USB port, and that’s it.

Final words

Using a flash drive on Windows 10 is super easy, all you need to do is plug your drive into the USB port and your good to go. Flash drives don’t require any additional drivers and work great with all operating systems. Managing one on Windows 10 is very easy thanks to the simple Windows 10 interface.


  1. when i go to devices and drives my thumb drive does NOT SHOW UP. So now what do I do. I can just remove it but i don’t want to corrupt my file. Why did the icon disappear from the taskbar after the windows 10 upgrade?


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