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USB Device Connection: Learn How to Do It

by Garry S.

USB, USB Flash Drive, USB Computer Connection
How to Connect Portable USB Devices

Universal Serial Bus or USB is a portable device with flash memory to store data. Also known as USB stick, USB flash drive, and USB key, these devices typically weigh less than 35 grams. USB devices can be used to connect some devices such as keyboards, printers, and mice to a computer. Connecting a USB device to a computer is a fairly easy task. All you need to do is follow the steps we have listed in the post. Take a look.

1.Install drivers

Typically, a USB device comes with a driver that helps establish the connection between the device and the computer. To find out whether your USB device has a driver, check its packaging. Operating systems are designed to download drivers. In some cases, you may have to install the driver manually using the CD that came with your computer. To install the required driver, insert the CD in your computer and follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

2.Switch on your computer and USB device

Many USB devices come with a power switch or a power cord. If your device has one, turn it on before trying to connect it to your computer. Make sure your computer is switched on too.

3.Attach the USB cord to the drive

While most USB devices come with an in-built connector, some, especially portable hard drives may need a cord to establish the connection with the computer. If your device falls in the latter category, you'll have to plug the cord to get it ready.

4.Locate the USB port on your system

To locate USB ports on your computer, look for the USB logo (a circle accompanied by a 3-pronged arrow). Usually, USB ports are rectangular with four metal contacts. If you look carefully, you will find your computer has USB ports at the front and the back. If you want to use the device permanently, consider using the ports located at the back. When in a hurry, use the front ports.

5.Connect the port of the USB device with your computer’s port

Once you have decided the port you want to use, insert the USB device’s connector or cord in your computer’s USB port. Make sure the connector fits snugly into the port. If the connector does not fit in one direction, consider flipping it.

6. Wait for drivers, if any, to install

If you are connecting the USB device to your computer for the first time, your system’s operating system will search for and install necessary drivers. The exercise shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. Once the installation is complete, you will get a message notifying that the installation was successful and the device is ready to use. If you have already installed the required drivers manually, you can skip this step. You can now perform your desired activity.

USB Flash Drive

7.Disconnect the device

After using the device, avoid ejecting it manually. Instead, right click on its icon. From the different options that you get, select Eject. If you’re using a Mac, drag the icon to trash where you will get the Eject option. Make sure the drive is selected. Once you get a notification to eject the device, remove it manually.
What to do when your computer does not recognize the USB device

Though USB devices are a great help most of the time, in some cases, they can be a real pain in the neck. Many users using old systems or OS, to their dismay, may struggle to connect their device to their system. If you are experiencing this problem, instead of losing your cool:

● Make sure that you’re using the latest version of your OS.
● Ensure your USB drivers are up to date.
● Run a virus scan
● Make sure you are using the latest version of your BIOS.

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