One of the most frustrating things that can happen to a student is losing a 10 page paper you have worked on due to not saving it properly. ResNet sees this often and unfortunately, if you have not taken the right steps to save your work there is not much you can do but start over. This happens often when students to not properly protect or eject their USB drive. If something like this happens feel free to visit ResNet located in room 160 at the Information Technology Center. If you want to take matters into your own hands here are a few helpful tips to properly saving your work!
Properly eject your USB Drive.
Many times users just pull the USB drive out of their computer and this can harm it. If you don’t, you risk corrupting your USB which in turn will deny access to your files or a user can lose them.
The proper way to remove a jump drive (or external hard drive) from your PC is to go through the Windows taskbar and eject the device before removing it physically. If you simply unplug it, you risk corrupting files that are still open.
To be safe, go to the Windows 7 taskbar, find the removable drive icon, click it and on the menu that pop us click > Eject Mobile Disk for the drive you wish to remove. (Sieber, 2011).
To eject a USB drive from a Mac follow these instructions:
Select the device you want to remove, such as a flash drive, by clicking on it once.
Drag the device to the Trash, which will become an Eject icon as you drag.
At that point it is safe to turn off and remove the device from your computer. You can also eject a device by selecting it on the desktop and using the keyboard shortcut Command + E, or you can open up a Finder window and then click on the eject icon next to the device’s name. (Tech-Ease Mac, 2011)
Not ejecting your USB drive properly is common but losing your work due to this mistake is easily preventable and it can save you a trip to ResNet! There are a few other tips you can follow to ensure you do not lose your work if your computer crashes.
- Always e-mail yourself the file you are working on.
- Save the file to your desktop.
- Set up a DropBox account.
If you have not used DropBox stay tuned…a blog will follow shortly! J
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