USB Drive and USB Insertion Port on CPU

Shauraya Rawat, IISc, Bangalore

By looking at a USB drive or even the USP insertion port on the CPU one cannot make out the way to insert into the port.

The USB drive is designed in such a way that it does not give a clue of which way it has to be used. User has to either try inserting it in both ways (which damages the port and drive) or one has to see the positive and negative spaces in both the port and the drive and then insert it, which is tedious.
The orientation of the USB drive should be clearly indicated such that it is convenient to insert it in the port.

2005 - 11.02.
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rajeev on 03-11-’05 13:35 said:
hello, all standard usb devices are marked with the 3 conjoined arrows (standard USB device symbol) for right side up, ie while inserting, the arrows should be visible to the user.Thats the right side.
GR on 04-11-’05 08:32 said:
Seen the sign of the devil behind a USB plug???
another on 10-11-’05 03:59 said:
sign or not, I've fiddled with the usb drive so many times, and seen my friends as well do the same...
another contributor to the confusion is that some PCs have the drive slot inverted as compared to Laptops...
I guess people working with more than one system can identify with this confusion
Robert Carnegie on 09-03-’06 23:36 said:
The standard USB marking is often hard to see. I like to stroke a marker pen carefully over the raised design so that it is visible, or else stick a paper label with the design drawn on. On the opposite side of the plug, I can draw an X to remind me to turn the plug over.

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