The exchange of information goes as far back as mankind’s pre-history. Humans have been swapping cooking tips, trading fishing secrets, and telling unfunny jokes for as long as anyone can remember.
It was a simple process at first. One caveman would grunt to another and immediately a discussion began about how much they hated Wilma Flintstone. Then it got a little more complicated when one barbarian decided to draw images on a piece of paper to convey his message to another. Eventually these pictures on paper evolved into various alphabet systems. This turned into the typed word, which eventually spawned the telephone, fax machine, AIM Instant Messenger, text messages, and good old file sharing. Now things are a bit more complicated. Oh how far we’ve come.
File sharing is a very advanced form of information exchange. Instead of taking actual dialogue or general information, the potential for exchange is limitless. Music, save files, documents, programs, pictures- all are possible with this miracle of technology. To enter this world of data exchange, you need one of the following: an SD card, a floppy disk, a flash drive, or a general memory card. Because the floppy disk is all but dead, we’ll focus on the others.
The SD card, the most common data storage device of today, requires something extra for most PCs- an SD card reader. This adapter offers a slot to insert your SD card in order to convert it into a USB port friendly device. At this point you need only insert it into a free USB port on your computer- you’re good to go!
Next you need to enter your ‘My Computer’ folder. You should see the device listed among your drives. Click it and you’ll see the contents of your SD card or USB flash drive. Now you have two options- though it depends on your intention.
Option #1. Looking to save information to the SD Card or Flash Drive? Go to the file source, right click, and select ‘Save Target As’. For the file destination, select your USB device. The file or files will then be automatically saved to your USB device and are now ready for any on-the-go use.
Option #2. Looking to share some of your own data from the SD card? First you’ll need to locate it on the USB device. At that point you then access the destination that you wish to share said file(s). Let’s say you want to upload a video onto your website for others to view and download. You would need to go to the upload page, bring up the list of contents for your PC, select the USB device, and specify which video you want to upload. Congratulations! You’re now free to share with the world and partake in whatever you’re interested in experiencing as well!