How to Install a USB Memory Stick

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Universal serial bus, or USB, memory sticks are "plug-and-play" devices, which means installation is as simple as plugging in the device. Windows 7 automatically recognizes the device and loads the necessary drivers. This makes the USB memory stick available for storage. However, you can also install the memory stick to speed up your system via Windows' ReadyBoost feature. This feature acts like external RAM where data is quickly accessed.

Storage

  • Locate the rectangular USB port on your computer. Most computers have USB ports located in the front and back of desktop tower or on the sides of laptops.

  • Insert the USB memory stick into the computer's USB port. Windows automatically recognizes the device and launches an "AutoPlay" window.

  • Click "Open folder to view files" to view the contents of the USB memory stick. From the Windows Explorer window, you can also copy data to the newly installed device.

ReadyBoost

  • Insert the USB memory stick into an available USB port on the computer.

  • Click "Speed up my system" from the general options on the AutoPlay window.

  • Select the amount of memory you wish to reserve for ReadyBoost in the properties window. By default, Windows automatically enters its recommended value.

  • Click "OK" to complete installation.

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