Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
formerly Los Angeles Family History Library
Flash Drive Use at the LAFSL
The LAFSL has about 78 PC computers with Windows 7 and XP where you may use your Flash Drive. The USB ports are located on the left edge of the computer monitors.
Connect your Flash Drive.
There might be a "Found New Hardware" notice on the screen.
Open "My Computer" and look for the "Removable Disk". There might be one or more false "Removable Disk" items. The correct one might be "Removable Disk (W:) or (E:) or (F:) or (T:)"
A false "Removable Disk" will give a statement, "Please insert a disk in drive ?:."
Do your work.
Close all files and programs for the "Removable Disk".
WARNING:To avoid permanent damage to your Flash Drive and loss of data, do the following on your computer: Before removing your Flash Drive from the computer, you must close all Flash Drive files and programs and left click once on the "Green Arrow" icon located in the "System Tray" on thr lower right corner of your monitor.
Left click once on image
Stop USB Mass Storage Device - Drive (_:)
Left click once on "OK" on image
The light on the Flash Drive must be off before you remove it and/or you see a notice that it is safe to remove/unplug your flash drive. If the light does not go out, shut down the computer at "Start". Remove your Flash Drive.
Working at home and elsewhere
The Flash Drive works with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.6 or later, Linux kernel version 2.4.0 or later and in a Tower, Desktop or notebook computer with a USB 1.1 or 2.0 Port, BUT not Windows NT. If you have Windows 98/ME, you will have to go to the Flash Drive's Website and find the driver to download and install on your computer.
See more about how to use a USB Flash Drive at: http://bama.ua.edu/~gurle001/tutorial.htm
General information is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_flash_drive
Software for use on your Flash Drive may be obtained at http://www.snapfiles.com/features/ed_usb_software.html, http://portableapps.com/, http://www.portablefreeware.com/, http://www.filesland.com/software/memory-stick.html
How to Back Up Data to a USB Flash Drive may be seen at http://www.udel.edu/topics/backups/flashdrive.html
The LAFSL assumes no responsibly for your use of your Flash Drive in any of the computers at the LAFSL and you are warned that you do so at your own risk.