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Installing OS from a flash drive's directory?

I have quite huge (64GB) flash drive with some data on it. And I'm wondering if it's possible to create a directory with bootable Windows 7 / 8 / Linux on that pendrive so I'd be able to install OS ...
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1answer
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Preparing USB flash drive for openSuSe installation

As I have had some issues with my notebook harddrive I will replace it with an SSD. To do this I need an installation medium and I do not have a DVD drive so I would like to do that with a USB flash ...
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1answer
113 views

Reformat Debian Bootable USB Drive back to Regular Storage

I created a Debian Netinstall Bootable USB drive using a SanDisk Cruzer Edge. The USB stick booted fine but now I cannot reformat it back. Diskpart reads it as 0B used and 0B free, Disk Management ...
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78 views

Would (potentially) hundreds of formats of a USB drive degrade its quality in any way?

I have been considering the following setup for a home forensic workstation: Machine A - my main machine, used for preparing files Machine B - the isolated forensic workstation, disconnected from my ...
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35 views

Partitioning a hard drive with Linux already installed

well I have a problem with my current linux installation where it freezes the entire system when I try to write to my external USB 2.0 hard drive. I think it might be a bug with NTFS but I don't want ...
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1answer
317 views

Recommended Settings To Format USB Sticks

I have always formatted USB sticks (aka flash or jump drives) to the default settings that Windows suggests. Do these settings provide the best performance? Under what situations should they be ...
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3answers
272 views

Clean install vs disk image

Once a year I am making a clean install on windows, in order to keep my system fast. After posting a question on making a bootable windows usb with exe programs where I was adviced to make a disk ...
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1answer
69 views

When plugging a cell phone into my PC, I always get a Windows warning “You need to format the disk before you can use it”

I have a Motorola Atrix phone (although I don't believe this is relevant to the issue). My PC is running Windows 7. When I plug the phone into the USB slot I always get the modal warning dialog that ...
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2answers
1k views

Format USB drive to NTFS/FAT from UDF

I formatted a USB drive UDF to boot an ISO image and now I can't find a way to get it back to being in NTFS/FAT or another usable format. Do I need a 3rd party tool?
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2answers
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need advice on USB bootable Format tools

I need some tool to use with my work incoming weeks i have to format like hundreds of PCs i have 64 mb USBdrive i need to put it too good use in this work.so tool have to be below 64 mb As far ...
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1answer
118 views

Method to format HDD with a USB (Without boot into window install Just DOS on boot screen)

anyone know how to like i want to plug the Flash Drive in then PC boot from it then DOS come up press Enter 2-3 times and Everything Gone. :) i try to find this and alway end up with method ...
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1answer
297 views

Format a protected disk

I have an external HD that I want to format. The disk doesn't appear in the device list, neither in xp, nor in Windows7. Here's what I did so far: Ubuntu: Ubuntu sees it but I can't mount it, nor ...
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2answers
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USB thumbdrive write protected. Cannot reformat

I accidentally pulled out my USB stick while formatting. Now when I insert it, a window pops-up saying it needs formatting. But formatting fails because it says that the stick is write protected. I ...
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1answer
56 views

creating shared storage space for linux build on 32 GB USB

I'm building LFS to a 32 GB USB key and I am wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction for some information on how to format my USB key to meet the following requirements: when ...
0
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1answer
237 views

USB not registering on Linux

I have a usb with a hidden cdfs partition that I want to purge, but when I plug it into my linux box, it doesn't register. fdisk -l only shows my hard drives, and the usb doesn't auto-mount. I pulled ...
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3answers
5k views

USB - Harddrive - How to use a USB Flash drive as a HDD harddrive?

As you see in the picture below, Windows knows which devices are USB's and which devices are hard drives. How can I make this USB into a hard drive? Can I format it or something? I need to do this ...
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2answers
106 views

OS agnostic (external) hard disk drive preparation

I am a trans-OS user (coming out, I love linux and windows, one with the heart and both with the mind ;)) Somewhere in the back of my head I remember, formatting an external usb drive with windows or ...
0
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1answer
805 views

Installing Windows XP on Samsung SENS 145 plus notebook (no CD drive)

Hi I was trying to install Windows XP on a Samsung SENS 145 plus Notebook. It does not have a cd drive and I already managed to format it and semi install Windows XP, so now it does not even boot up ...
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1answer
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USB Diskdrive cannot be formatted nor accessed

So I have just recently bought and 8GB USB stick(Kingston DT 100 G2) on which I had installed Linux. However I needed to reinstall said Linux so I formatted the stick to "default" settings which ...
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1answer
1k views

How to partition and format a new HDD when it is connected via USB 3.0 (Linux)?

I just received a new unformatted 2.5" hard disk (1 TB) and an external USB 3.0 enclosure to use with my laptop (Thinkpad). I'm running Kubuntu 12.04 on my laptop. How do I access and format this HDD ...
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Make Data Un-formatable on USB Devices

Sometimes ago one of my friends, copied some pictures in my USB, then He made them hidden by a software. After that He did a trick (which I did not understand). After that He told me those hidden ...
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1answer
489 views

How to set back the USB device to its factory state?

I've a 2GB Kingston USB drive. I'm using it on USB audio device and two days ago its started to hanging at some tracks. So I format the device and copy-paste the tracks again but the result was same. ...
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USB stick formatting problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: USB drive not showing full size Well I'm embarrassed to even put this up. I wasn't really paying attention and formatted my 8GB USB stick to 3.21 GB in windows 7. Is ...
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3answers
466 views

Format USB pen Ubuntu

I'm a new ubuntu user (loving it), but I have a little problem right now. I have a USB Pen that needs formatting. What's the best GUI driven USB formater for Linux? Thanx in advance
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2answers
624 views

Formating USB pen that emulates a CD rom

I currently have a USB pen that when inserted on the computer also emulates a CD rom. Even when I try to format it, the CD rom emulation is still there (and with a virus). How can I completly format ...
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4answers
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Reusing a USB Boot Drive - Format back to factory state?

I am trying to reuse a USB boot drive (Mac) for regular file storage on Windows ... when Windows detects it, it won't let me reformat to anything greater than a 40 MB or so - and this is an 8 GB ...
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1answer
600 views

Problem in Formating usb drive on mac os x

I have 4 GB USB drive and as I formated it with Mac OS X's Disk Utility in FAT format, it shows me 3.98 GB on my Mac but only shows me 200 MB on my Windows computer. Why this is so? What am I doing ...
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3answers
374 views

Recover my pendrive

I've got a problem with my pendrive. I haven't used him for 2 months and now when I try to open it it says that it's unformatted. Do you know any program (I prefer something free or opensource) which ...
3
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1answer
3k views

hdparm - how to secure erase SATA SSD over USB

I have been following this guide on how to secure erase an SSD (trying to improve the performance of mine, which currently only writes at about 30mb/s seq). However, I'm using an USB-->Sata docking ...
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1answer
887 views

HP Usb storage Format tool : Error

I have a 2 GB Kingston Usb drive. This is working fine- I am able to format and access from 'My computer' I am trying to format this drive using HP USB Storage format tool to load a bootable image ...
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3answers
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“Windows was unable to complete the format” - Can't format flashdrive!

I have a 8GB Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive that I had ruined a while back trying to make it bootable. Anyway now when I click on it I get a message that it needs to be reformatted to be used. So when ...
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3answers
112 views

Problem with opening pen drive

I've a Pen Drive. And I'm not able to format it.. when I'm going for formatting it shows that its formatting but even after half an hour its still formatting... The PD is not opening. and AntiVirus ...
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3answers
108 views

Formatting old computer fails and loops

I have an old Toshiba Amilo. I had to reinstall Windows XP on my computer as it seemed to have a virus. I did the install thing where you don't need to restart and run from CD. Now, the problem is ...
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4answers
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Kingston USB flash drive formatting problem !

My 2GB kingston flash drive is not being formatted in windows XP OS !! When I try to format it, it doesn't get formatted through windows standard formatting option or even in Partition magic 8.0 (DOS ...
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2answers
7k views

How to change usb file system?

How to change the traditional file system of a usb flashdrive(fat32) into ntfs or other file system?
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1answer
661 views

I have a broken USB drive, that shows as two physical disks, one with a negative size

My USB drive has broken quite spectacularly. What has happened is that I used to have one, 1GB pendrive. Now, apparently, I have two physical disks (yes, physical disks not partitions - linux and ...
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0answers
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How do I recover files from an USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: flash drive ejected improperly- lost files I have a USB flash drive that claims it needs to be formatted every time I put it into my computer (Windows). Yesterday the ...
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7answers
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“Need to format the USB Flash drive” message… can the data be recovered

I have a USB flash drive, that when plugged into any machine (XP, Vista or Windows 7) the following message is displayed: Indeed looking at the drive in Disk Managment the file system is recognized ...