USB flash memory drives, aka thumb drives or handy drives, are a great way to store information and to transfer information from computer to computer. Simple to use and very affordable, the popularity of these drives has increased over the years. These drives are now as common as were the old floppy disks that they have replaced.

But are you aware that when using Windows ME/2000/XP there is a procedure to follow before unplugging the USB flash memory stick from the USB port?

When you plug in a USB flash memory device into an available USB port, the USB monitor icon will appear in the system tray of the taskbar. You know, the area down where the time is located at the bottom right of the screen. You may also hear a sound once the memory drive is inserted.

To remove the USB flash memory drive after you are done, follow this procedure:

  • Confirm that all activity has completed. Normally the light on the USB drive will cease to flash.
  • Click on the USB monitor icon in the system tray of the taskbar.
  • A “Stop USB Mass Storage Device -Drive E” pop-up list should appear next to the icon.
  • Click on the pop-up list and a “Safe to Remove Hardware” windows will appear.
  • Click “OK” to close this window and then unplug the USB device.

That’s it – you’re done.
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