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USB drives can be your best friend or worst enemy.
USE with caution. USB sticks are easily lost and prone to corruption.
SAVE work to the network. Save any work you cannot afford to lose (dissertation, research notes) to your network drive.
BACKUP only. USBs are useful for saving additional copies of your work and for transferring files between home and university PCs but do not save your only copy here.
Your USB key will show up as the L: drive on all Drill Hall Library PCs.
EJECT safely - click on the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon in the System Tray at the bottom right of the PC screen. This will minimise corruption and loss of files.
TAKE it with you when you leave - get in the habit of checking both sides of the PC.
LABEL it with your email addres - save your contact details to a file named 'Owner' so that lost drives can be returned.
LOST your USB drive - check with reception to see if it's been handed in.
FOUND a USB drive - hand it in to reception so the owner can claim it.
We urge you to follow these guidelines. Every year we see students in tears who have lost their entire work due to a lost or corrupt USB drive.