Updated: May 24, 2023
Was it helpful?
by Zachary Finkelstein
Tech Expert & Writer
774 resolved issues

I want to open the files on a thumb drive

i also need help about how to remove the thumb drive

Short summary:

  1. Ensure that the thumb drive is connected to your laptop's USB port.
  2. Press the Windows key (with the Windows logo) and the E key on your laptop keyboard simultaneously. This will open the File Explorer window.
  3. In the File Explorer window, look for the USB drive. It may be labeled as "USB Drive" or have a different name. Click on it to access its contents.
  4. Now you can view the files stored on the thumb drive. Navigate through the folders to find the specific files you want to access.
  5. To remove the thumb drive safely, you have two options:
    Option 1: Take it out physically:Gently pull the thumb drive out of the USB port. Ensure that you do not force it or remove it while it's actively being accessed.
    Option 2: Eject the thumb drive using the system tray:Locate the upward-pointing arrow at the bottom-right corner of your screen in the system tray.
    Click on the arrow to expand the system tray icons.
    Look for the thumb drive icon and right-click on it.
    From the context menu that appears, select "Disconnect" or "Eject."
    Wait for a notification confirming that it's safe to remove the thumb drive.
    Once you receive the confirmation, you can safely remove the thumb drive from the USB port.
  6. You have successfully read files from the thumb drive and safely removed it from your laptop.

Hello, thank you for using Howly.
What troubleshooting have you done so far?

Customer Replay

No troubleshooting on this issue yet

Is thumb drive currently connected to your computer?

Customer Replay

i want to know how to read the files on a thumb drive, and also how to remove the drive from the laprop


Okay, got it. Is it inserted at the moment?

Customer Replay

it is connected now

banner 3

Okay, good.
What Windows version do you have?

Customer Replay

How do I see this?

Please, press Windows key + E key on your laptop at the same time. A file explorer should open. Let me know if it does.

Customer Replay

The window key is on the lower left of the keyboard and has 4 rectangles?

That's correct!

Customer Replay

I did this and now have a window “file explorer”

banner 6

Okay, good! Do you see your thumb drive there?

Customer Replay

USB Drive?

Click on it.

Customer Replay

ok…good…filé is open! Yeay!!!

Customer Replay

now how do I eject the thumb drive?

banner 9

Okay, you can take it out just like you inserted it, or you can click on the little up arrow at the bottom-right of your screen, and find the thumb drive icon. Right-click on it, and select Disconnect. Then take it out.

Customer Replay

ok, thx

Do you have any additional questions I can help you with?

Get answers until you're satisfied
14 verified experts are online now
Expert's Assistant
Ask your question here
Share on:
Copy to clipbord
Was it helpful?
Howly expert is ready to help you with your Laptops problem

No comments yet...

What about starting a discussion? Be the first to share your thoughts!

Write a comment

We use cookies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, and analyze site traffic.
More info