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

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Free space in a USB flash drive

after i erase a 8GB USB flash drive in FAT 32 format I try to save the drivers with the Bootcamp assistant. I get the message: there is only 2.8 GB space in the Disk and you need 3.2 GB
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USB-problems - NAND + IC

I've got a very important USB holding very important things, that I'd need to save at any cost really. I've figured out, that the NAND isn't responding with the IC Controller. The USB always worked ...
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Is pendrive durability data available? [on hold]

I intend to run a Linux and a database application from pendrive. The current MLC pendrives, like Sandisk Cruzer Extreme or Kingston HyperX are good in I/O speeds, but I am wondering whether they are ...
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Does a running Linux write on the SD card it was booting from?

I intend to install a consoled Linux on an SD card. The small computer it will run on, have 128MB memory. There will be a database server and a HTTP server installed, but the data files will be on an ...
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Windows 10 Media Creation Tool “We can't find a USB flash drive”

I am running Windows 8.1 and am trying to download Windows 10 for installation on another machine. I have a brand new 4GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB drive that has been formatted. In the Media Creation ...
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Screwy USB - is this even fixable

I attempted to create a bootable USB drive with Kali Linux or Tails (not sure which). An error occurred during the process of flashing the drive, and I saw an icon saying the USB had malfunctioned. ...
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What data storage solution to choose HDD vs SSD vs Pendrive for an event storage?

I intend to buy a PogoPlug for a small server. I want to install Debian or Arch on it and I will use it for sharing and backing up photos between computers and as a HTTP server or/and event storages ...
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Flashdrive - expand partition without disrupting installed os

I have a 256gb flash drive. I've a 40gb NTSF partition where I store files and miscellaneous data. After that is a Kali EXTENDED partition. I want to extend the 40gb partition without loosing data ...
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Windows 10 To Go still requires “fixed” drive?

More details: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/windows-10-to-go-still-required-fixed-drive.378528/ Unfortunately, TechNet was of no help either: ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installation USB not recognized when boot from UEFI

My HDD is GPT disk. I installed Windows 8.2 before, now I make an Ubuntu installation USB by Universal USB Installer, in BIOS boot menu (I set is to UEFI boot before), I can't see my Boot USB in UEFI ...
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Booting Fedora22 from a non live usb drive

I am trying to install fedora on a flash drive and then boot off of it from a pc that is not especially accessible. I tried setting every thing to by label to get past the uuid issue. I got it to ...
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VirtualBox: USB device is busy with the previous request

I want to use my pendrive on Arch Linux that is currently on VirtualBox. My host system is Windows 10. I've already added a USB device filter, but Arch doesn't see any USB disk. When I try to connect ...
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How to fully erase promotional USB stick Autorun partition

I have a 2GB USB stick from a free promotional giveaway. It has a second "partition" with Autorun for advertising every time I insert it in a computer. I know I can disable autorun, but how can I ...
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Can I use WD My Passport locked drive to boot directly as USB drive?

My question is regarding WD My Passport Ultra 2GB. I have locked my drive with secure password. But Can I use that drive to boot my laptop directly from USB port ? My Lenovo Thinkpad E440 laptop ...
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Unable to boot Kali Linux 1.1.0 using a bootable pendrive

I have made a USB livestick for Kali 1.1.0 with Win32DiskImager and tried to boot it in Windows 8.1. When I came to the boot order menu my USB was recognized as an EFI-device, but when I tried to run ...
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How to install rooted bluestacks in Pendrive?

I was using rooted bluestacks without any problem in my laptop [Windows 7] before it gone bad. Now I use lots of things using pendrive in portable manner. Can I install rooted bluestacks in Pendrive ...
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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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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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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 [closed]

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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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 ...