How Not to Lose Your USB Drive

Pulling Hair OutEver lose your USB drive? I think we’ve all left it someplace at one time or another. It’s an awful feeling to think you’ve lost everything. Here are some tips that may help.

First, and most importantly, ONLY use your USB drive for transport. Never use it as the only place you’ve saved a file. Ever. (Got that?)

Second, e-mail critical files to yourself before you leave the library, lab, or wherever you’re using your USB drive. That way, if the drive gets misplaced, you’ll still have a copy of the really important stuff.

Third, attach your USB drive to your keys. It’s unlikely that you’d leave your keys behind.Fourth, write your name on the outside of your USB drive with a Sharpie. Or, if it’s a dark USB drive, write your name on a tiny piece of paper and tape it to the drive. 

Fourth, create a simple TXT file that you put in the root of your USB drive. Save the file with the name “Thank you for finding my USB drive” so that if an honest person finds the drive, it will be easy to get it returned to you. Put the following information in the file:

Owner Information:
Your Name
Address (optional)
Phone Number(s)
E-mail Address

And finally, if you decide that your USB drive is dirty and needs washing in the pocket of your jeans (like I did last week), it may still be usable. Take the cap off and hang or place it upside down to dry. Let it dry for a day or two before trying to use it again.



3 Responses to “How Not to Lose Your USB Drive”

  1. May 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I have not lost many but I have left them behind plenty of times. One time I left one in the computer of a high school where I teach adult education classes. A couple days later someone from my church called me and asked me if I had left it behind. Apparently she knew the teacher who’s classroom I’d left it in, the teacher had opened it, seen files related to the church and called this person. Small world, eh?

    The worst flash drive experience for me, though, was when a drive with MY ENTIRE LIFE on it became totally unusable. My lesson – backup and backup often!

  2. May 3, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Daisy — I can’t tell you how many of my students have come to me in tears over a lost USB drive. It must be more than a dozen in the last year.

  3. May 16, 2008 at 4:42 am

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