How to Maximize Space on Lexar Flash Drives

by Jeff Grundy
The Lexar 64GB JumpDrive Triton USB, the company's largest drive, can store up to 21,000 3-minute MP3s.

The Lexar 64GB JumpDrive Triton USB, the company's largest drive, can store up to 21,000 3-minute MP3s.

While Lexar brands their portable USB storage devices as JumpDrives, the drives are essentially the same as other USB flash drives. Lexar sells JumpDrives in a variety of sizes, and most modern drives are large enough that you can carry a considerable amount of data on them. Nevertheless, the space on even the largest Lexar flash drive is limited. To maximize storage space for adding files when you need them, you should employ techniques that allow you to manage files and folders on your Lexar JumpDrive efficiently.

Connect the Lexar USB flash drive to an empty USB port on the computer. Wait a few seconds for Windows to recognize the Lexar device and configure it as a removable disk automatically.

Click the "Open folder to view files" option after the AutoPlay window appears. A new Windows Explorer windows appears and displays the contents of the Lexar flash drive.

Delete unneeded files and folders from the Lexar flash drive. If you no longer use a file or folder on the drive, it simply wastes space. You can delete a file by highlighting it and pressing the "Delete" key or right-clicking it and clicking "Delete" on the pop-up menu. Alternatively, highlight a file or folder you want to delete and drag it to the Recycle Bin on the Windows desktop. You can select multiple files or folders by holding down the "Ctrl" key while you click the files or folders you want to delete.

Compress files or folders you seldom use on the drive to reduce their size and the amount of space they take up on the Lexar flash drive. Windows includes a built-in compression utility you can use to reduce the size of files and folders on hard drives or flash drives. To compress a file or folder, right-click it and then click the "Send To" link on the pop-up menu. When the slide-out menu appears, click "Compressed (zipped) folder" to create a new compressed folder with the same name as the original file or folder. After you compress the file or folder, delete the original.

Move program setup files you don’t need to the hard drive on your computer or delete them altogether. You may have used your Lexar flash drive to install programs on another computer and not removed the installation file. Unless you need to install the application on other computers, move the setup file to your computer or delete it. You can copy and paste files from the Lexar flash drive by pressing "Ctrl-C" to copy a file or folder, then pressing "Ctrl-V" to paste the selected folder on your computer's hard drive.

Format the Lexar flash drive to remove all files and folders permanently. Formatting the drive may also help repair file or folder error messages you might receive due to corrupted sectors on the storage device. To format the drive, right-click its drive letter icon in Windows Explorer and then click "Format." After the Format Removable Disk window appears, click the "Quick Format" option and click "Start" to format an error-free Lexar flash drive quickly. If you receive warning messages regarding the drive's files or folders being corrupted or inaccessible, disable the "Quick Format" option and simply click "Start." Without the "Quick Format" option, the process takes considerably longer, but the longer format process does a much more thorough job of rewriting the file allocation table for the drive and repairing any sectors with corrupt data.

About the Author

Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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