USB Flash Drives are portable USB drives that rely upon flash storage, also known as pen drives or USB sticks.

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Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB Write speed drops

The problem started about a week ago. My Sandisk USB drive normally writes at 150-200MB/s (SSD to USB drive) but all of a sudden the write speed dropped to 5-10MB/s. The problem keeps occurring: it ...
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Changing drive names in windows 7 won't stick

Tried the Admin Tools route, tried right-click "Rename" over the drive icon and also tried this method, which as far as I can tell, does not really rename the drive but the usb port where it is ...
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Taking ownership of a 64 GB USB flash drive

Whenever I try to take ownership of my Kingston DTSE9G2 64 GB USB 3.0 flash drive the Windows Security / Explorer windows gets stuck on "Changing ownership of:" which never recovers, even if ...
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Dead flash drive, can't format or partition

Today I when I was working with my flash drive (thumb drive) it gave some errors in different OS. Now I can't format it. I tried in MacBook and got this error. Posix report: the operation couldn't be ...
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How to access an ejected USB flash drive without removing and plugging it back in [duplicate]

If you eject a USB flash drive in Windows and do not remove it from the port, you cannot access it any more unless you remove it from the port and plug it in again. How can you access it again ...
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Bootable USB does not work [on hold]

I tried to install Windows 7 on a bootable USB. It was successful and it told me to reboot now. I clicked it and then it rebooted, and when I selected the USB on boot, this happened: When I opened ...
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Install Windows 7 from bootable USB flash drive [duplicate]

I want to install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive. I have a Windows 7 ISO and I have already made the flash drive bootable using Universal USB Installer. What do I do next? How do I mount the ISO ...
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Usb Flash Kingston 64gb DTSE9 connects and disconnects all the time

i recently bought the above flash drive.At first it worked just fine After some tampering though with the MBR using rufus to install bootable software such as win7 installations/Different Live usb ...
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How to increase the Write speed of Usb 3.0 flash drive?

Currently i am getting the below mentioned average speeds while tranferring (Writing) a big video file of 2GB by using SanDisk ultra Usb 3.0 16 GB on WIndows 7 64 Bit on Lenovo B590 Laptop :- Usb3.0 ...
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OpenWRT and USB write cycle limit

Background (feel free to skip) I am currently usin OpenWRT at home. I have an external HDD connected to router's USB port for the network shared storage. Actual transfer speed from the HDD to the ...
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USB flash drive not recognized, but only on one computer - flash drive recognized by other computers and computer recognizes other flash drives [duplicate]

This question is similar to USB flash drive cannot be read only on a specific computer, but I did not do anything (that I know of) to trigger the change. My Cruzer 4GB USB flash drive worked for a ...
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Cannot delete files on ExFat flash drive without running chkdsk

When I go to delete/create/modify a file from a flash drive that is formatted with ExFat when Windows says the drive needs to be checked for errors, I cannot delete any files. Why can't I ...
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Booting Win7 64bit from USB 3.0 thumb drive - is it possible to use the 3.0 speeds?

As it sits it takes 4-6 minutes to load a web page using my USB 2.0 slot. My Thumb Drive(PSF32GTAB3USB) is 3.0 and I have a port on my laptop (N53SV) that's also USB 3.0. However, if I try booting ...
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Formatting USB-stick to NTFS or FAT32

After reformatting my USB-stick it became unreadable by Android filesystem. Android Supports only NTFS or FAT32, but whenever I try to format USB-drive from Ubuntu to any of the types I can see flag ...
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How do I get back “replaced” files?

I just copied and replaced files in the exact opposite direction I needed to; from the USB flash drive to the computer, rather than from the computer to the flash drive. Is there any way to get back ...
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Linux command to identify the USB connected to a server

Imagine you have two identical USB-stick connected to your server. You are connected with ssh. When you type lsusb you can see the two USB drives. My question is: If you want mount this stick "Bus ...
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files in usb drive are not hidden but not showing

I copied some hidden files from another computer and when I open them in my computer I noticed that a folder is missing. But my computer shows that folder's space is taken. When I set to show hidden ...
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How to copy files and folders in clipboard to all connected removable drives? [duplicate]

I am a teacher. Usually, at the end of my classes, I want to share some files and folders in my computer (Windows 8) with my students. I have bought a USB hub that supports 4 parallel usb drives. ...
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Remove write protection of flash drive from firmware

I bought an HP v220w 32GB flash drive 2 months ago and it's been working perfectly until yesterday when all of a sudden it became write protected. I've tried evey simple, non technical way to solve ...
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How to make bootable pendrive for Windows 10 from Ubuntu?

I want to install Windows 10 Technical Preview x64 in my computer, I have downloaded the .iso file. Now I need to make the USB stick bootable but I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit so how can I make ...
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Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth USB 3.0 speeds not working in Ubuntu Linux 14.04.1 LTS (Recognizes as a USB 2.0 device)

I'm finding that a Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth (USB 3.0 capable drive in Windows 7 with 200 MB/s Read speed) only connects at USB 2.0 speed in Linux (Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS). Watching the ...
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Does Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth use MLC or TLC flash?

(This also probably pertains to the "non-Stealth" version as it's just a different housing I believe). I have searched online everywhere I can possibly think of. I find no datasheet designating if ...
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Dropbox offline on USB

I have a Dropbox account and I use it to share files among a few PCs. Now I need to use these files on a PC where Dropbox is blocked. I'm thinking on moving these files to a USB and use them there. ...
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Programming on Flash Drive [closed]

I've always had separate setups on several different computers for coding, such as IDEs. I've always synced code files on dropbox when I needed to access them on a different machine. Now, I'm ...
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What else limits readyboost space?

I’m trying to use about 5GB a 64GB usb flash drive—already formatted as exFAT—for ReadyBoost on a 64bit Windows 7 machine, but the slider for space to reserve ends at 4094MB. After 2 hours of ...
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Acer C270 Chromebook “An Unexpected Error has occurred” / verbose mode

I am not exactly sure if this exchange is the best location for this question, but bear with me. I am having issues restoring a Acer C270 Chromebook. Booting with POWER+ESC+REFRESH notifies I must ...
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Images from usb to pc / emulating usb thumb drive [closed]

I have a device, which can save files to a usb thumb drive. Can I anyhow get these files straight to my pc automaticly? For example can I somehow emulate USB thumb drive with my pc and connect the PC ...
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How to repair corrupt pendrive?

I have an HP pendrive of 16GB. One day my little brother tried to make a bootable Hackintosh using that pendrive and we had a power cut when the write process was going on (my brother was using Mac OS ...
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Should a new 64GB USB Flash drive have 64,000,000,000 bytes available and does it slowly decrease this number over time? (internal maintenance, etc)

First regular Hard Drives (spinning disks): When looking details of a brand new hard drives, I've noticed that the available space usually ends with xxx,000,000,000 For example, a 750 GB drive is ...
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Why 45MB Unallocated space at the beginning of a Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB Flash Drive AND Why Drastically different sector counts?

I have a brand new Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB USB flash drive has 45MB of unallocated space preceding the 58.89GB of available space. I don’t care about having less than 64GB since I know it’s due ...
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Wipe secure USB drive showing up as 2 devices

I have a 16GB USB flash drive that has been set up by a program, memup/memorybar, to be separated into a public and a private part. I am not the one who set it up, so I do not know the password, and i ...
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Cannot acces in centos 7.0 in virtualbox any pendrive

System is up to date, I did everything as answered here How to access USB pendrive on using VirtualBox? and have not any results. What could cause such behavior?
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How can i recover data from a USB stick which is showing no storage medium? [duplicate]

I have a USB Flash drive which has begun displaying some odd behaviour. It's a Lexar 32GB JumpDrive S70 USB Flash Drive if it matters. In windows, what occurs is when I put it into my computer, it ...
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How can I reset password to Windows 8 on a PC I have access to through Windows 8 on a thumb drive

I lost the password to my Windows 8 PC, so I tried doing several troubleshooting: Tried using password recovery installation from another Windows 8 PC. Booting up in recover mode. System Restore ...
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Is there any way to prevent a USB flash drive from being written to? [duplicate]

I see lots of articles about preventing a specific computer from writing to a USB flash drive or preventing malware from getting from a USB flash drive to a computer; what I can’t find anything for is ...
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Kingston USB 3.0 Flash Drive write speed too slow

I have a Dell Optiplex 990 mini tower and I bought a Digitus USB 3.0, 2-Port, PCI Express Add-On card. I've connected it to the PCI-e 4x connector, I've installed the Renesas Usb 3.0 Host Controller ...
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What read/write speeds must an external storage have to make it worth putting a swap partition there? [closed]

This question is for my Raspberry pi A+ (256MB RAM) which is on Raspbian Linux. I have no qualms about using a flash drive and using up its read and write cycles if need be. I'm just curious on what ...
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Windows initially takes long time to recognize Flash Drive then mistakenly thinks it's empty

I'm seeing some strange behavior with my 32GB SanDisk Cruzer Glide memory stick on my 64-bit Windows 7 machine. When I first insert the flash drive, Windows takes a very long time (>1 minute) to ...
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How to setup a NTFS partition on an Acronis Bootable Rescue Media USB drive

Anybody know if it's possible to partition the drive that currently has a bootable USB on it without erasing or formatting the entire USB drive?
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Is it possible to make Windows treat my USB stick as a portable device to skirt Removable Media Protection?

I am trying to move a file I downloaded on my work computer to my laptop via a thumb drive but I keep getting an access denied error because my company uses Symantec and has set a block on on ...
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Cannot use a Kingston 16GB USB stick as 'live bootable USB'

I use USB sticks to install different operating systems, mainly Linux distros, which can fit on a 2GB USB stick. I have one 16 GB Kingston USB stick ( in fact: 16 GB Kingston Datatraveler G3) that I ...
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Flash drive not recognized

I was copying some files to my flash drive and removed it from my laptop.  When I plugged it into my PC, it didn't recognize it and it doesn't show up in disk management, and I can't find it in device ...
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How I can create a multiplatform portable pendrive of Ubuntu?

The goal is to carry a pendrive with your personal files and Ubuntu. Just plug in a computer and boot it. Is this possible? Across Mac/Windows/Linux?
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Booting a Sony Vaio VGN FE31H from USB stick when BIOS has no such option [duplicate]

I have a laptop Sony Vaio VGN FE31H which has Windows installed and I wanted to boot a Linux distribution from USB stick. Unfortunately the BIOS has no such option. I am looking for a suitable boot ...
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USB 3.0 HDD is working in High-Speed mode instead of SuperSpeed

I've got Asus R500V with one USB 3.0 port. I've installed a proper driver from Acer site. I've got WD My Passport [USB 3.0 version] and I connected it to the 3.0 port. Treeview says it's working in ...
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Windows Recovery Creator cannot see my USB drive

I am trying to create a Windows recovery drive on a USB key using Windows Recovery Creator in Windows 8.1 (64-bit). The computer is a Dell XPS 8700. When I run Windows Recovery Creator I uncheck the ...
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Create a bootable UEFI USB

How do I create a bootable USB with Windows 7 SP1 64bit using OS X? I need to setup a fresh new ASUS laptop, the only thing I have is – Macbook Pro. What I have: Fresh new ASUS laptop with ...
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USB 3.0 flash drive not working on USB 2.0 port

I've recently bought a USB 3.0 flash drive and wanted to try it out. I connected it to a 2.0 port and it didn't work. The light on it starts blinking for about 1 second and stops. I also get a message ...
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Installing Windows XP through Pendrive On windows 7 using Rufus or WintoFlash didn't get detected at boot time

I'm currently in a situation where i want to install windows XP on my system which currently has windows 7 installed on it. I've an ISO image of Windows XP sP3.I've tried Rufus,WintoFlash even cmd ...
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Copy Contents of Recovery Pen drive to HDD

So, I bought a laptop with Win 8.1 I Created a recovery Drive using a 8 GB pendrive I had. So My doubt is: 1. Does this recovery is like a Factory reset? I mean without the softwares I installed? 2. ...