Operate a Personal Computer
Storage Devices
Hard Drives
The main storage device for most PC’s is their hard drive/s. This component is
typically contained within the System Box and holds both the System Software
and the Application Software that allows our computers to accept data input,
perform processing as required and output information both routinely and
on demand.
Flash drives other alias’s include Pen drive, Stick drive, USB drive and memory
stick. These devices are small and portable and are capable of holding a great
deal of data. These drives have replaced the Floppy disk drives that were only
capable of holding 1.44MB if data
CD’s come in CD-R which can be written to only once and then become ROM
read only memory. These are used to hold data that you do not want altered and
are often used for music and computer software programs.
CD-RW these CD’s can be written to and read from. To use these you need a CD
DVD’s DVD’s can hold more data than CD’s and have almost replaced CD use.
Flash Memory
• Flash stick (USB stick, Thumb drive) are small and very portable.
• They are very cheap to purchase.
• They are able to be used between devices and can hold a lot of data.
• There is no moving parts to a flash drive so nothing mechanical to break
• They get their power from the computers USB port so you don’t have to
plug them in to 240 volt.
• They are non-magnetic so you don’t have to worry about magnetic damage
when you place them next to speakers etc.
Care tips
Do not force flash memory into a port they only go one way.
Insert and remove at a 90 degree angle from the system box.
Avoid excessive heat.
Avoid the device become wet. (coffee, water, coke etc)
Keep the cap on when not in use.
Always remove the device using the Safely Remove hardware routine
Keep a back up of your data in case of hardware failure or damage.
Label your device both externally and by naming it as explained below.
Jo Sorensen
Storage Devices.docx
Created – Feb 2010
Operate a Personal Computer
Inserting your flash drive and accessing it through My Computer
Insert your flash drive into any USB port on your PC it will only fit one way.
Navigate to My Computer and in the list displayed you will see a your flash
memory displayed with a name and a drive letter (which is assigned by the
operating system and can change from computer to computer).
If you cannot see the type and other details about your drives in this window
click on the view button and in the list choose details.
If you can’t see all the
detail left click and drag
on the column width line
and drag left
I have lots of different removable disks available on my PC so I have named my
Flash Drive “JOS BS 1gig” this allows me to find the device very easily and also
tells me what I use it for and how big it is. BS – Business Services 1 gig in
Name your Flash Drive so you can find it easily
1. Find your flash drive in My Computer
2. Right Click on your flash drive
3. Click on Rename
4. Type a new name
5. Press Enter or click into a blank area of your window to apply the name.
Removing your flash drive from the USB Port
1. Single Left Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification
area (bottom right of your screen)
2. Click on the drive to remove
3. Remove when the system tells
you it is safe to do so
Note: You can damage your data if you remove your flash drive without going
through this procedure.
Jo Sorensen
Storage Devices.docx
Created – Feb 2010