A flash drive is a portable storage device that is designed to save data through flash memory that is connected to a main device like a computer through the USB.
What is a flash drive
A USB( Universal Serial Bus) flash drive can be compatible with any operating system format, as long as it is formatted for use to store files using a specific operating system platform.
What used to take a large infrastructure to store a few bits of data could now be compressed into one dynamic file that can be transferred from one device to another. The memory capacity of flash drives are capable of storing extensive amount of data that can be stored and transported.
Why use a flash drive
The flash rive was designed for practical and portable uses. It stores memory by as much as hundreds of gigabytes of storable memory whether it be document, audio, image or video files.
Its dynamic features are all packed into one tiny USB-enabled powerhouse that can fit into the palm of your hand.
There are several ways to format a flash drive and can be easily done through a computer or laptop.
Format the flash drive using the computer
If you are using a desktop computer, plug in a USB flash drive and let the computer detect the device.
For Windows, try to open up your Explorer and look for the flash drive file directory which is added to your file drives. Just right click on the icon with your mouse and scroll down to the option where it says ‘Format’.
You will again be directed to another window showing you options to format. Do take note that formatting will delete all data in the card.
For Macintosh, you can insert the flash drive and allow the computer to detect the flash drive. Open the Disk Utility program from the Utilities page from Applications.
Just select the Erase tab when highlighting the flash drive option that shows up and select FAT32.
Take caution when formatting flash drives
Always remember to not rush any process and always follow formatting instructions because it will delete all sorts of information on the drive.
When you connect a flash drive on to your computer, it will show up as one of the storage drives in your PC, where it can be found on the same folder location as your primary drives.
One false move by accidentally choosing your primary drive instead of your flash drive could cause problems and format your system files.
So make sure that you are always wary about where you plug in your flash drive and avoid deleting the wrong drive.
One of the major problems that often occur with flash drives is that it can be a carrier of malware or a computer virus when it is plugged in to an infected device and affect other devices that it connects to.
Make sure that computers often used with flash drives must have installed software that would detect possible infected files and clean it before opening.