How to View a Flash Drive

Flash drives rarely break on their own.
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You can store entire gigabytes of data on a flash drive and use it to transfer the data to another computer. Furthermore, you can back up your important videos, photos and songs on your flash drive. In case something happens to your PC or laptop, you can recover important data from the drive. It's easy to manage the contents of the flash drive because Windows is able to access these devices natively.

1 Viewing a Flash Drive

Plug the flash drive into a free USB port on your computer and wait until Windows detects the drive and displays it in File Explorer. If Windows can't access the drive, make sure the drive is plugged into a USB port instead of a USB hub. Launch File Explorer and select the drive assigned by Windows to your flash drive to view its contents in the right pane. If you can access the drive but can't edit its contents, ensure that the drive is not read-only (write-protected). If Windows doesn't detect the drive at all, it may be broken.

Nick Peers has been writing technology-related articles since 2003. His articles have appeared in dozens of technical publications, including MSN UK, CNET, BBC Who Do You Think You Are, LifeHacker UK and TechRadar. He holds a Masters in information technology degree from the University of East London.