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

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Asus 501JW computer wont start

I have an ASUS ROG 501JW, I put it to sleep and after trying to wake it up, the ASUStek application said it was erasing everything from the flash drive, panicking at the imminent loss of information, ...
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How to recover lost data from USB pendrive device?

My USB flash drive doesn't show any content in it, except a shortcut. But, properties say 4 GB files are already present in it. Presuming that the files got corrupted, I installed EaseUs,and it ...
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Unzipping from Flash Drive and Drive Wear

If I have a zip file on a thumb flash drive and I want to unzip it to hard disk, is there any write activity on the flash drive, or is it reading only? Because if there is any writing, I would want ...
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How come monitoring the status of a write to USB isn't reliable?

I write ISO files to USB thumb drives a lot, and I'm trying to find a way to monitor the status of a write. Googling this, I have found a bunch of solutions, including pv, dcfldd and the USR1 signal ...
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Can't read the USB flash drive?

I have a Transcend 8GB usb flash drive. Suddenly stopped working this. When I put it in,my computer says it's there. It opens but when I try to put my files on it just says "could not find this item. ...
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Can frequent erasing of USB flash drives cause damage?

I have been told that frequently 'full erasing' memory sticks can damage them. Is this true? I work in a situation where the same sticks are re-used numerous times.
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Install Windows device driver without restart

After plugging in a USB flash drive just now and not having it appear in Computer, I found it's Generic Volume in Device Manager was reporting that Windows cannot load the device driver for this ...
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Move partitions from pen drive to unallocated space in hard drive

I have built and installed Chromium OS on a pen drive following the instructions on this page. I can boot into the pen drive and use Chromium OS as if it were installed on my computer, I'm able to ...
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After formating a pen drive, the drive appears full of undeleatble garbage files

I'm trying to format a pendrive, under linux (Debian). I insert the pendrive and do not mount it. I log in as root and write: mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb This gets me the error: mkfs.vfat: Device ...
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Upon booting an Arch Linux installation media, how do I know which drive is which?

So let's say I have a 5 disks. How do I know which one is /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc and so on?
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How to create USB flash stick for win 7 x64 for ASUS UX32L?

I'm quite at the end of my resources with this one. Maybe someone else has an idea. I attempted to create a usb flash stick using these guides: ...
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Is there a way in windows 7 to make a flash drive use the same drive letter regardless of port?

So at my work, we are allowed to bring music in on thumb drives and listen to it, but for legal ownership reasons, we are not allowed to store local copies on the computers hard drive, and we are ...
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Can I use the diskpart utility to remove malware from a flash drive

I have a flash drives that has malware in it. Is it possible to use diskpart to remove malware from the flash drives? I would use my hp os win 8.
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USB flash drive is inaccessible

My 32GB USB flash drive now state "drive is write protected" reads ReadOnly in Windows Disk Management. This is the result from diskpart... DISKPART> detail disk Generic Flash Disk USB Device ...
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cannot find file on my usb flash drive

my USB flash drive doesn't working fine, but i cannot find a video file on it (looks as a hidden file), the used space is 7 GB but when i select all files it's just 3 GB. what I tried is to show the ...
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Virtual Machine on a flashdrive [on hold]

Is it a good idea to have a virtual machine in a flash drive? Since operating systems frequently read & write, would this degrade the flash drive very quickly? Right now, I have a virtual machine ...
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Windows does not allow lower case letterns in drive names [duplicate]

I have been facing this weired problem for some time. When I try to rename a removable disk, if there is any lowercase letters, windows will convert them to upper case. My attemp in vain: Why is ...
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USB 3.0 flash drive doesn't work on USB 3.0 hub?

I purchased a Transcend 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive last month. It does not work on the two USB 3.0 ports on my computer, which has an ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard. The device doesn't even light ...
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Recover data from a usb pen showing 0-bytes capacity [duplicate]

I have a 2GB usb pen that suddenly has stopped working. Now when i plug it in my PC, it appears in the drives but without showing its capacity, if I try to go in the properties it says that the ...
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Can a FlashDrive auto sync with my Cloud storage?

I want my flashdrive to automatically sync and upload all its data to my cloud storage when plugged into my computer (with internet). Is this possible? If so, what existing software can I use?
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RAW CD Image (3.1 GB) while downloading, now its 0 bytes

I damaged my original windows 7 DVD. So I was forced to download an image file from the internet and use my product key. But when I downloaded, it showed 3.1 GB. After the download completed, I ...
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toshiba 16gb drive turns to 4mb [duplicate]

My toshiba pen drive is now 4mb and i'm really freaking out. I have tried everything from easeus partition master, testdisk, hp usb disk utility. I've searched the entire web for help and nothing has ...
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Can Windows CE 6 auto-run an application on an inserted USB stick?

By default, does Windows CE 6 auto-run applications found on an inserted USB stick? We are actually trying to make sure this does NOT happen, but the documentation we're finding is contradictory as to ...
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Unique identifier for USB drive in Powershell

According to win32_volume class documentation here the device name that shows up under device manager is is unavailable as a property of win32_volume. Is the SerialNumber property unique to the device ...
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Thumb Drive Loses Files

I have a thumb drive - a Lexar JumpDrive FireFly 2GB - that will lose 50-80% of the files every now and again. It is formatted as FAT32 using "Quick Format" option. I usually use it between Windows ...
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Branded USB sticks drivres

I plugged in my flash drive, and my computer didn't detect it.so I plugged it in the other 6 ports, but they didn't work either. so, what do I do?
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After an error with rufus, my 8GB USB shows as an 8MB usb and will not format?

I was using rufus to create a windows 8.1 bootable usb, using a new 8gb usb. Half way through the program gave an unidentified error and then when trying to re start the process and checking the ...
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Cloning USBoot prepared USB stick to internal hard drive

Is is possible to clone an installation of Windows XP, prepared with USBoot and put on a usb flash drive, to an internal IDE hard drive?
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Flash disk capacity turns from 32GB to 4MB

I have a brand new 32 GB flash drive that was bought from Hong Kong but manufactured in China made. When I plug it in, it's detected, and when I examine the properties of the drive the size is ...
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How best to manage mapping drive letters?

I have the below configuration on my home computer: C: Operating system (Windows 8.1) D: SSD (quick scratch drive) E: Large HDD (large storage) F: Optical drive I: NAS storage directory #1 J: NAS ...
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Discrepency in number of files transferred in Teracopy

Over the past few days, I've been using Teracopy to transfer over a large number of files and folders from a small flash-drive (well, 32gb) , to an external hard-drive (4tb). However, I noticed that ...
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How to install ubuntu from usb?

I have windows 8.1 and ubuntu 12.04. I want to install ubuntu 14.04 on 12.04. I downloaded .iso file and unetbootin. I made a bootable usb using unetbootin. I want to install ubuntu but pc don't ...
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How to get back my remaining capacity of my 8GB pendrive?

A few weeks ago, I inserted my pendrive into my college's PC to transfer my assignments, but it was not working. It was corrupted and was asking to format. I couldn't even copy files, and was forced ...
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how to Portable Apps permanent file type association?

I have windows 7 64bit. I have many portable apps in my D Drive. PROBLEM: I was able to before, now I cannot associate my files (txt,docx,...any extension) to PortableApps[dot]com portable apps such ...
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USB Copy Protection [duplicate]

I am providing video and pdf content to my buyers/readers. And looking for some solution, where I can protect USB to get copied, means : People should not be able to copy from USB (Copy/SaveAs) ...
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VMware ESXi: best practices for running off USB thumb drive?

I'm running VMware ESXi 5.5 (and 6.0) on my servers off of a SanDisk Cruzer Fit 16GB flash drive. The VMs are stored on a RAID array of internal physical drives on the server. If that flash drive ...
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Windows 7- Unable to format disk

I had a USB drive that I was previously using for a live linux install. It had several previous installs, and there were a lot of unused empty partitions on the disk as a result. I used the DISKPART ...
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“Directory doesn't exist” & “Cannot cd into flash drive” errors: mounting flash drive OpenWRT

What I am trying to do: I have a TP-Link Router running OpenWRT. I have files on my router in the OpenWRT OS that I want to save to a flash drive. Steps to complete the task: 1. I navigated to the ...
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How to fix broken flash drive

I think I just broke my flash drive - the metal tip bent a little, it did not actually break, but now my computer doesn't recognise it. It doesn't look damaged at all at first sight, but it does seem ...
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USB HDD replace by “ubuntu” in boot order

After installing Ubuntu, it seems that USB HDD has been removed from the boot configuration entries. In the GRUB Boot Menu, I only see: ubuntu Windows Boot Manager SATA HDD: SATA CD: USB CD: USB ...
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Toshiba pendrive shows 4 MB instead of 8 GB; what could have happened to it?

I have a Toshiba 8 GB pendrive. All of a sudden, it's showing total space 4 MB. I have tried diskpart and various other software, but no gain. The disk management is also not showing unallocated ...
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How long can I store the data on the flash drive? [duplicate]

how long can I store the data on the flash drive safely, without connecting it to a computer or any other host? Edit I understand that flash pens are absolutely not suitable for backup and storage. ...
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Suitable flash module as OpenMediaVault boot partition

I'm currently planning on buying hardware for a home NAS and I'm planning on using OpenMediaVault (based on debian wheezy) as OS. I want to install OMV on a flash drive but am quite unsure about the ...
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HP pendrive 16 gb used less than a year went blank

i plugged in the pen drive in another system at office which i have never used, the system did not respond to the plug in (Windows XP system) further i removed pen drive and tried in another system ...
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Are microSD cards essentially the same inside the shell as a flash drive?

I use a 64 GB Class 10+ microSD card with the computers' built-in card reader (sometimes requires a microSD to SD adapter), in place of a pen drive. This allows me to connect the card to devices ...
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Create EXE that mounts virtual CD-ROM or floppy disk when run

I was looking through my old USB drives and I found a flash drive that had a file called "SecretDrive.exe." When I ran it, it mounted a virtual floppy disk that contained stoke other files. There ...
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USB drive not getting recognized as scsi device in custom linux kernel

I am facing a slow write speed problem with a USB drive in my custom linux kernel. I suspected to be a hardware problem but with the same hardware and Opensuse 12.1 OS, write speed of my USB drive is ...
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Using ready boost on a partition than USB drive [duplicate]

Is it possible to use ready boost on a partition of my HDD(I have only one) instead of a USB drive. I want to so this because sata write speed is faster than USB. Thanks
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USB “condom” for USB-storage

There is plenty of evidence that you should not let other people connect their USB devices to your computer. But I would really like to allow untrusted people to attach a USB-storage device to my ...
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USB flash drive disconnecting and reconnecting continuously [closed]

I have almost the exact same issue as described here with my flash drive, but on Windows 7. My flash drive disconnects and reconnects continuously every few seconds, on the USB 2.0 ports, BUT on my ...