Video:How to Insert and Eject a USB Safely from a Macwith Arif Anyabwile
Insert and Eject a USB from a Mac safely so you don't lose or corrupt any important files on the USB device. Check out all the important steps and notes to safely insert and eject a USB device from a Mac.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Insert and Eject a USB Safely from a Mac
Hello, my name is Arif from ReelChord Media for About.com. Today I will show you how to properly insert and remove a USB device from a computer.
Identify the USB Port
The USB port is a rectangle, but there are other ports that look similar but are not used for the USB connector. Also look for the USB symbol as a guide. The actual piece that is inserted into the computer is always rectangular in shape and can only be connected in one way.
Insert the USB Correctly
Looking directly into the USB connector you can see that there is a thinner rectangular block inside. That piece should always be on the bottom as the connector is inserted into the computer’ port. Looking at the USB from while it is resting on a table, the silver piece has two small openings on either side. One side is open the other the other is closed. Before inserting into the computer make sure the open side is facing up.
How to Eject a USB Device:
1.Click and drag to the trash bin, it will change to the eject icon
2.Position the pointer over the icon and with two fingers, tap the track pad to access the “right click” menu and eject your device.
3.Position the pointer over the icon press control, and then click, to access the “right click menu, to eject your device.
4.When the computer is completely shut down you can safely remove your USB device.To remove a USB device while the computer is on, do not physically disconnect it until you have ejected it from the computer’ software.
USB Eject Warning
If data is being written or waiting to be written and you remove the device data on the device can be rendered useless. If you incorrectly remove the device you will see a warning sign stating this.
To physically remove the drive, firmly position your fingers on either side, and pull straight out. Never twist, bend, or pull at an angle, you could damage your USB device and or computer.
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