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USB Flash Drives

(USB) flash memory drives are compact, fast and reliable file storage. Every new computer sold in recent years has several USB ports (sockets). The USB Flash Drive simply plugs into one of these ports (usually found on the back but now increasingly popular also on the front). No cables, power supplies, or batteries are required. No need to shut down your computer.

Alternative names are USB Flash Disk, Thumb Drive, etc.

Current USB Flash Drives are truly ‘plug and play’ on all Windows and Mac OS – meaning no additional software is required - the device automatically becomes visible as a new hard drive.

All the computer labs on campus have the capability to use USB Flash drives. Ask a consultant in the labs how to utilize this file storage method.

Network File Storage

Every UMSL student on campus has their own personal “virtual” drive.

Network File Storage is a service that allows you to use your free space (up to 500MB for students) as a network drive to store your documents. These files can then be accessed from any computer lab or classroom computer (automatically maps as drive K: in the labs) or from your home.

When you log into the computers in the labs and classrooms, your File Storage Space drive will be located in “Computer”. All files can be saved in this folder and be accessible from any lab or classroom computer. These are also accessible from home.

For more information on File Storage Space, as well as information on how to connect to your File Storage Space drive from your home computer, please visit the following webpage:


Another file storage method is “burning” your files to a DVD. Many of the Instructional Computing labs have drives that allow you to write files to a DVD. This is a viable option if you are saving files that are too big to fit on a USB Flash or File Storage Space. 

Remember: There are two types of blank DVD media available; DVD-R/DVD+R and DVD-RW/DVD+RW. Once files are written to a DVD-R or DVD+R, you will not be able to erase or modify the files. If using a DVD-RW or DVD+RW this type of disk allows you to erase and resave multiple times.