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Protect your USB ports

If you stick in one of the many USB devices into any desktop or laptop USB port, be careful with it. These USB flash drives are an easy target because they stick out so far. The same goes for mp3 players, wireless adapters, and blu-tooth adapters. If you laptop has only 2 USB ports, the chances of you damaging both are quite high. They are usually the same piece internally. That means if you break one, you could easily have broken both.

What’s the big deal you ask? Why the alarm?

If your laptop only has 2 ports, and neither of them work, you lose out of a host of external devices that you can no longer use. The cost or repairing on-board USB ports can be costly. Replacing that broken USB flash drive will be the least of your concerns.

If the same thing happens on a desktop, there are other options. You can get a new USB car. You can use the on-board USB headers. It is not the end of the world. On a laptop, netbook, or tablet. this is a very bi deal as you can’t easily add USB capabilities.

Safe USB device practices:

Remove USB devices when not in use.

Try to use a port that is as far from your hands as possible.

Try not to move the laptop around too much with any USB device plugged in.

Plug in your USB devices with care. Make sure you are sticking it in “right side up”

Gently people!

Don’t force it. If it will not go in, there may be another problem. More force is not the answer!