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All About USB Memory Sticks & How To Use Them

USB sticks are now one of the most popular options for storing your newly digitised memories on. The amount of data that be held on a single USB stick is truly incredible, so whether you have 1 or a 100 videos to convert, the new files will all fit on one memory stick, we just use one with a larger memory. However many people are still confused about what you can and can't do with a USB stick and how to use it in the most effective way.

Well here is some information and help.


USB memory sticks are more versatile then many people think. Not only can they be used on computers & laptops but they be used on most modern TVs. Just check at the side or back or your TV and you should see some USB ports:


USB sticks can be formatted in different ways, and they can re reformatted again and again. The are three different formats for a USB stick: FAT32, ExFAT, & NTFS. Photo Revivals only use FAT32 and ExFAT formats on USB sticks we provide to customers. The difference in formats only become an issue when used on TVs and other AV devices.


FAT32 format works in pretty much all TVs; there are however two limitations

  • The maximum file that can be used is 4GB. This will accommodate video files we create up to approximately 3 hours long. If we have a file larger than this then it will not copy. So we have to use ExFAT or split the video file into two.

  • When using USB sticks larger than 64GB with Windows you are only allowed formatting in ExFAT, there are work arounds to this, but it is complicated. We often use 64GB and larger memory stick for customers so we have to format them in ExFAT.

Wherever we can we use FAT32 format but we sometimes have to use ExFAT. In most cases you would never have a problem with using it on your TV. The good news is that if you have an issue we can help, we have backups of all your files and can split the large video files if necessary. Also we are available to talk you through steps you can take if you are technically minded enough; or we use two smaller USB drives (at extra cost).


Copying Files From A USB Stick


When you receive your USB stick it is good idea to make copies of what is on the USB. If you just leave all your new memories on the USB stick and put it a drawer then it is easy to lose the USB or mix it up with others. You can copy the files from the USB stick once you connect to any computer, any other family and friends who you want to share the files with to make copies as well; the more the better. Once you have the files on the computer you can then copy the files again to other USB stick or memory cards.


How to import files from USB flash drive to Windows 10


To copy files from a USB flash drive to your computer running Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Click on This PC from the left pane.

  3. Connect the removable drive to your PC's USB port. Quick tip: If you get a toast notification, click it and select the Open folder to view files option.

  4. Under the "Devices and drives" section, double-click the USB flash drive to see its data.

  1. Select the files and folders.

  2. Click the Copy to button from the "Home" tab.

  3. Click the Choose location option

  1. Select the folder to import files from a flash drive to your PC.

  2. Click the Copy button.


Once you complete these steps, the files will copy from the USB drive to the computer.


Make sure you COPY and not MOVE the files, this way the files will remain on your USB drive for you to use in other devices and make further copies of.


If you have any questions just call Photo Revivals on 01937 349970.

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