This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
Quick Tips: Quick Tips: Get started using a USB flash drive
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

Quick Tips: Quick Tips: Get started using a USB flash drive

2:00 /

Find out what a USB flash drive is, how to use it, and what it's good for.

[ music ] ^M00:00:01 >> Hi, I'm Tom Merritt, Editor from CNET.com with a quick introduction to USB flash drives. Maybe you have one, maybe you've seen one, maybe you wanna get one, but what is it, how do you use it? Well USB flash drive serves the same purpose that these used to but they're a lot easier to use. A USB flash drive is a hard drive, similar to the one inside your computer. But there's no moving parts. They're also smaller than your PC's hard drive. Not just size wise, but also in capacity. Your normal laptop hard drive has anywhere from 30 to 100 gigabytes of storage. USB flash drives run from 256 megabytes, up to a few gigabytes. Finally, to use one you just plug it into an open USB port on your computer. So it's a hard drive that uses flash memory that you plug into your USB port. USB flash drive. Here's how to use it. When you plug it in, it'll show up as a new hard drive. Then you just treat it like a normal hard drive. You can drag and drop files to it and even install programs on it. So why do you need one? Let's say I wanna send a large video file to a coworker or friend. You can try to email it, but it might not go through and it would probably take forever. Email isn't good with large file attachments. You could put it on a network, this might work depending on how fast and accessible your network is. But it also might take a long time to upload and download. So sometimes the old fashioned way is best. I can drag the file onto the USB drive, go over to my friend and she can then put the USB drive in her computer and get the file. Much better. There are a lot of other things you can do with a USB drive. See our Insider Secret on how to store all the data you need on one of these. That's it for this Quick Tip. I'm Tom Merritt, CNET.com. ^M00:01:47 [ music ]

New releases

Polaroid takes tiny cameras to...
1:18 September 23, 2014
It captures HD video and shoots photos and the whole thing fits inside the palm of your hand.
Play video
The SanDisk Ultra II is a new low...
2:44 September 22, 2014
Somebody alert the media -- while talking about the new SanDisk Ultra II solid-state drive, CNET editor Dong...
Play video
The Technivorm Moccamaster takes...
2:30 September 22, 2014
While it costs a lot of cash, it's hard to beat the Technivorm Moccamaster's skills of brewing delectable...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 055: A $1 microscope...
24:13 September 22, 2014
On today's show, we wonder what we'd use a cell phone microscope for, discuss the ongoing (and highly entertaining)...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,555: Netflix tries...
29:46 September 22, 2014
Today we're not spoiling anything, unlike what Netflix is trying to do with a random spoiler generator it...
Play video
iPhone sales records and 3D printing...
2:53 September 22, 2014
Apple reaches new records for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch weekend, HTC is said to be working on the Nexus...
Play video
Bose QuietComfort 25: Top noise-cancelling...
2:57 September 22, 2014
With the freshly redesigned QC25 ($299.95), Bose has not only enhanced the sound and noise reduction of its...
Play video
Give your MacBook a makeover
14:49 September 22, 2014
In this episode, learn how to improve your MacBook Pro's performance, add custom art to your laptop lid, and...
Play video