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USB device storage

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Ecg4310, May 30, 2019.

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  1. Ecg4310

    Ecg4310 Thread Starter

    May 30, 2019
    how do you access the data on an outside usb device? Is it the c or d drive?
    How do you access the drives data and download it on your computer or lap top? Please help! I have some sensitive data I need access to!
  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 28, 2005
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    Hello Ecg4310, and welcome to TSG.

    Assuming you are plugging the USB drive into an MS-Windows based computer, it would normally appear as a new drive letter in Windows Explorer. The C drive is usually the Windows System Boot drive and if you have an optical (CD or DVD) drive, it is typically assigned as the D drive. You access the files on the USB drive the same way as on an internal hard drive.

    Some USB hard drives (as compared to flash drives) may use a special USB cable that has two plugs and require both plugs to be plugged in. The second plug is for additional power. Some other USB hard drives may require a separate power supply and can be recognized as such by having a power input jack.
  3. Johnny b

    Johnny b

    Nov 6, 2016
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    When you plug in your USB device for the first time, Windows assigns it a drive letter designation and will address it as such each time you plug it in, in the future. You can even change that drive letter if you want. As Chuck mentioned, typically, C and D are already taken.

    Personally, I prefer an external hard drive with it's own power source rather than relying on the usb ports of the computer
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