The First Things You Should Know About Removable Drive/Storage Devices
Storage devices are one of the most critical components of any computer. Every piece of data on your computer, whether it is an email, a photograph, or a document, is stored on one of the storage drives attached to your computer.
These drives come in many different forms. Some, like the one that is probably found inside of your computer, is a standard hard drive and has a high capacity. Usually, these are permanently anchored inside of your computer (unless you uninstall them). Others, like USB flash drives or external hard drives, can be taken with you and used wherever you might be, provided that you have the correct drivers installed.
So What’s That About a Driver?
Drivers, regardless of the type of device they are attached to, serve as a set of instructions. An easy way to visualize what a device driver is would be to imagine a violin player in a symphony. In this visualization, the computer would be the musician, and the violin would be the removable drive or storage drive. The music played by the musician - the sheet music - would be the driver.
In order for any device in your computer to function, it must receive instructions that are provided by device drivers. Like the devices they control, device drivers come in many different forms, although they all have a few things in common: only official drivers should be trusted, they need to be updated regularly, and they can all be best taken care of by using Driver Genius.
What Happens if My Removable Drive/Storage Drive Driver Fails?
Unfortunately, the driver that governs removable drive/storage driver can fail just as frequently as any other device driver. Even more unfortunately is the fact that if this particular device driver fails, then you can lose all of the data found on your storage devices! This means that you could lose all of the work of the semester, all of the photos you took of your summer vacation, and all of the games you have installed. Because of this, it is important to make sure that all of your device drivers - including that of your storage devices - are kept up to date and functioning at all times.
While there are many different ways to do this, and we will go over a few in the next segment, the easiest is to just install and regularly run Driver Genius.
Same goes with searching for a very specific driver such as: Verbatim Kingston Datatraveler 2.0 driver. In this case - rather than trying to find & download the driver from unknown sources, we also recommend using a professional driver update utility to save time and keep you on the safe side. Even though there is no guarantee that this specific driver will be found using a driver update utility – the scan process is very fast and user friendly, and you might as well find other drivers that needs to be updated on your computer to make the most out of it.
So How Do I Maintain and Update My Storage Device Drivers?
Like with most things in life and with computers, there are a few different ways to keep your drivers up and running
Unfortunately, most users deal with the problem by waiting until the driver fails, and then desperately searching the Internet for a solution. If you have already lost all of your data, there is precious little you can do.
A slightly more tenable option for most people is to manually examine and maintain your device drivers. This involves opening up Device Manager, finding the device driver in question, checking the release date of the driver, and then checking the official device driver’s website for updates. If one is available, then you must download it, uninstall the old driver, install the new driver, and then reboot your computer. In order to maintain all of your drivers, repeat this process for each device driver. Keep in mind that most computers have several dozen device drivers installed at any one time.
The easiest way to make sure your drivers are running correctly is to simply download and install Driver Genius. Once installed, Driver Genius will monitor all of the devices on your computer for updates and problems and, when either occur, it will update or fix the problem automatically - leaving you free to spend your time doing something more interesting to you than installing new drivers.
So How Can I Avoid Having Driver Conflicts and Errors?
The easiest way to make sure you never have to deal with a driver problem again is simply by running Driver Genius. As mentioned above, Driver Genius will automatically handle every aspect of driver maintenance, recovery, and repair.
Alternatively, you can manually update and repair every driver yourself - but who has that kind of time?
Can I Install Other Drivers?
The Internet is filled with scams, and unfortunately, device drivers has proven to be a very popular area for scams. Often, rogue developers will hide viruses, spyware, and other types of malware inside of faulty drivers. Usually these bad drivers are marketed as being faster, more efficient, or just a better alternative to other, official device drivers - but they should not be trusted.
The only drivers that you should ever install on your computer are those that come directly from the original distributor of the device. In addition to knowing that it will not contain any viruses or malware, it should also run better, because only the original developer will know the intricacies of the device as well as they do.
So What Can Driver Genius Do For Me?
- Driver Genius can save you a ton of time: capable of rapidly scanning and monitoring all of the device drivers on your computer in as fast as two minutes, Driver Genius will ensure that all of your drivers are always up to date. It will also make sure they are running exactly as they should be without taking up any of your time.
- Driver Genius can save you both trouble and money: by dealing with driver issues long before they start, Driver Genius will save you all of the money you may have had to spend at the computer repair shop, as well as saving you the hassle of having to deal with a driver issue when you don’t have the time to do so. As most of us know, computer problems are much more likely to occur the more badly you need to use your computer - Driver Genius will make sure that these problems are never driver related.
- Driver Genius is recognized industry-wide as an invaluable resource: used by both amateur computer users looking to save time and professional IT consultants to boost productivity, Driver Genius is award-winning software that handles driver maintenance better than any other software on the market.