You have been given a USB stick with some files that you need to view on your PC but, after connecting it to your computer, you don't see anything happening on the desktop. You would therefore like to understand if the device has been correctly recognized by the operating system or if there is some problem that prevents you from browsing the data inside it and transferring new ones. The problem is that, not being particularly knowledgeable about technology, you have no idea how to proceed.
Well, don't worry, I'm here to help you out. In this guide of mine, I'll show you how to open USB stick in such a way as to be able to manage the data contained within it, whether you have connected it to a PC with a Windows operating system or to a Mac. Furthermore, in case you need to access the files contained in the USB stick from your smartphone or tablet, I'll give you some useful tips about it. If you then encounter any operating problems with the device, I will also show you some possible solutions to restore it.
So what are you waiting for? Let's get started immediately: sit down comfortably and give me five minutes of your free time. I can assure you that, at the end of the reading, you will have learned all those useful notions to open a USB stick and manage the files inside it. All that remains for me is to wish you a good reading and a good time!
Open USB Stick on Windows
When you insert a USB stick into the appropriate slot on your PC, the autoplay function generally starts on Windows (AutoPlay), which shows a number of options for managing the content on the drive.
These options are shown in a box that is shown in different positions, depending on the version of Windows installed on the PC. Up Windows 10, for example, after waiting for the automatic installation of the drivers necessary to access the files on the key, you can immediately click on the box that appears at the bottom right of the desktop, in order to display the screen with all the possible operations to be performed .
The options available depend on the type of files on the USB key and the software installed. In any case, to view the files inside the key, click on the item Open folder to view files.
Su Windows 7instead, after the drivers are installed to recognize the hardware, a box is shown in the center of the screen through which to make some choices: play the audio / video contents (Play), import multimedia contents to PC (Import images and videos), browse the contents of the USB stick (Open folder to view files) or use the hardware as a backup drive for Windows 7 (Use this drive for backup).
In case the function does not work AutoPlay of Windows, you can act from the Control Panel (for all versions of Windows) or from Settings on Windows 10.
Su Windows 10, press the key combination Win + i or click onicon with an ingranaggio you find in the menu Start. In the panel of Settings select items devices > AutoPlay and make sure it is moved to ON the lever near the wording Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.
So make sure the voice is set Ask for confirmation every time under the heading Removable drive, to show you the options selection box when you connect the USB stick; alternatively, choose the item you prefer from the drop-down menu, in order to automate the behavior of Windows when inserting the USB key into the PC slot.
If you still use Windows 7instead, press the key Windows on the keyboard and click on the item Control Panel. If you do not see it, you can start the Windows search function by typing the words "control panel”And selecting the corresponding search result.
In the screen that is shown to you, then reach the items Hardware and Sounds > AutoPlay and make sure the box is activated Enable AutoPlay for all media and all devices.
In case you missed the autoplay pane or disabled this feature, you can browse the files inside the USB stick manually. To do this, open File Explorer, by clicking on thefolder icon that you find in taskbar, and select the item corresponding to the name of the USB stick, Such as Kingston (F:), located in the side menu.
I remind you that, in order to be able to properly open a USB stick on a Windows PC, it must have a compatible file system. The device must be set in FAT32, exFAT o NTFS. If you have a USB stick set to HFS o HFS +, ie those developed by Apple, this will not be accessible from Windows.
In this case, you need software that allows you to do this, such as MacDrive, of which I told you in this guide of mine. If you want to learn more about the topic, you can consult my guide on how to format a USB stick, in which I explained in detail the different types of file systems to choose for your storage device.
Open USB Stick on MacOS
Su MacOS, opening a USB stick is really simple. What you need to do is simply connect the peripheral to the USB port, so that the operating system mounts it on Desk, ready to use. By double clicking on the icon in question, you will be able to launch the Finder and access the files it contains.
If your Mac doesn't have a standard (Type-A) USB port, it probably has one Thunderbolt (USB-C), for which you will need an adapter, such as those listed below.