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This type of USB plug is a “USB A”. there are several types of USB cables, I will be focusing on the USB-A cable.

The purpose of this instructable is help you not be so frustrated when plugging in your cables and drives. This is for the people who bend over and peer into their drive ports and then peek into their USB plugs followed by some
slight sweating while hoping you are plugging it in correctly. The frustrating thing is, you are usually right, but because you lack the confidence to push a little harder and not hurt your plug, you flip it over a few times before getting it inserted correctly.

Turns out, there is a trick to knowing which way to plug it in!

I have found that there are rare circumstances where this trick doesn’t work. With your new found skills and confidence you will find those rarities easily!

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Step 1: Look for the USB Symbol or Flash Drive Logo

Examine your USB cable/drive and notice that one side has the USB symbol imprinted into them or a logo for the flash drive of some sort. Everyone once in a while you will find a drive or cable without either, but they are usually older. This is the top of the drive/cable.

Step 2: Look for the Side of the Cable or Drive With the Seam

Examine your USB cable/drive and notice that one side has a seam. It looks like the metal was folded over and this is where they joined together to make the box. This is the bottom of the drive/cable.

Step 3: Plug It In, Top Side Facing You

Plug in the drive, cable with the USB logo facing you.

Viola! You are a genius and you did it with confidence.

<p>I usually put the side up which show the 2 square holes open and deep. The bottom side shows the holes but they are not as deep. This works for nearly every USB device I use with the exception when using with some Dell computers.</p>
that works too!
<p>never noticed how that worked before!</p>
<p>Good tip!</p><p>Is there a secret for sideways USBs?</p>
<p>It's not really a secret ;) (it's all in the USB-specs) - the USB logo must be up, as demanded by USB org and if some member company doesn't comply, they're stripped of their right to use the logo (for which they paid dearly).</p><p>If, by sideways, you mean on e.g. a laptop where the connectors are sometimes rotated 90&deg; the logo should face you (as sitting in front of it). It gets a little undefined when they're mounted that way on the back, of course, or when on a loose hub, but in general, you should be able to see the logo when you plug it in.</p>

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