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

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OSX Yosemite USB Flash Drive Missing Space Issue

I purchased a 128GB flash drive. Available space after exFat formatting is 123.6GB I transfer roughly 25GB (a TON of files beyond the 100,000 range) from another flash drive onto this one. I now have ...
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What is windows 7 secretly putting on formatted USB drives? [duplicate]

Initial actions: I wanted to copy some files that were very close in total size to the USB stick memory size (<8G). So I checked size of all files vs available space. A few more KB were needed for ...
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My USB has my stuff in it but it says it's empty [duplicate]

Yesterday my USB was working 100% fine before I went to college yesterday. I added some new files to it, took it to school, plugged it into my teacher's computer, and nothing shows up. It says it's ...
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Can't Format PenDrive(SanDisk Cruzer Blade)

Plz read complete question before marking Duplicate. I have a Sandisk Cruzer Blade 16GB Pendrive(No warranty left). It have one movie file in it now, though copyable, not playable. Problem is I can't ...
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Most SECURE way to store IMPORTANT files? [closed]

what should I do if I want to store for an example: bitcoin private key? Or even more important stuff? Should I use a USB or maybe a SD card or anything else that might be good for: -Long life ...
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Trying to boot Kali Linux from Flash Drive on a Windows 8, just boots Windows 8 instead

It took a lot of headache to get to the point where I actually had Kali installed to my PNY flash drive (using Universal USB Installer), but when I finally reached the moment of truth and tried to ...
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USB Flash Drive Capacity Lost

I have formatted a UFD with low level format tools (PNY company) for a reason and now i have lost some of the original capacity. I'm sure that flash drive had not bad sectors. how I can return these ...
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How do I upgrade BIOS on my Asrock E350M1

I've downloaded the latest BIOS for the Asrock E350M1 motherboard to have DDR3 1333 compatibility. I followed the instructions: I formatted my USB drive with sudo mkdosfs -F 32 -I /dev/sdb1 and df ...
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How do I solve the issue with CD/DVD drive device driver missing when installing Windows 7 from USB memory stick?

I downloaded the official 30-day trial ISO of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit from here but after using different USB memory sticks, I always get to a problem of required CD/DVD drive device driver ...
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USB 3.0 linux live boot issues

I have a problem with booting any live linux distribution from USB flash drive 3.0 (Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 16 GB). When I do the same with USB flash 2.0 (Philips) => create bootable usb (using ...
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system halts when booting from USB drive with 64bit system

Hi I battle with the troubles lately. x58-ud5 rev1; i7-920, 12GB RAM; system start halts with error code 50h when bootable USB drive inserted with 64bit system Description: During upgrade from ...
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When I non-quick format a USB flash drive in Windows, what actually happens?

Using quick format (right-click on drive in file explorer) in Windows (8.1) is a quick way to remove the files on a USB flash drive. But what happens when I use the ordinary format on a USB flash ...
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Install Debian to USB without unplugging Hard Drives

As the poster of the following question Install Debian To USB With State Saving I want to install Debian TO a USB drive. The problem is that in said question is said to make the process easier if the ...
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Cannot reformat bootable usb drive on windows

So I made this linux live usb and I'm having trooble returning it to being a regular storage drive. I'm using windows 7, by using compmgmt.msc I can see the drive but I can't format it. usually when ...
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How important is the 4k speed test for real world applications, in a USB flash drive? [closed]

So I am evaluating which flash drive to buy, and at the moment I am considering some USB 3.0 drives, which has a similar sequential R/W value. The difference is that for the 512k test, the values are ...
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How do I identify is a thumb drive is a USB 2 or a USB 3 in Windows if there is no markings on the thumb drive to identify it

I have a thumb drive and it has a black colored USB port. I plug into a computer that only have USB 2 port. At first, it can be identify. I did a format and suddenly, the device cannot be recognized. ...
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not to safely remove non-spinning drives will damage the hardware?

I know that if we disconnect a spinning drive without safe remove, the computer may be writing some data on it and it's spinning, so it may get damaged. But is it necessary to safely remove a flash ...
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New PNY 64 GB 3.0 USB Thumb Drive Not Showing up in Windows 7

Just bought this thumb drive, I plug it into my desktop, and nothing shows up in File Manager or anything else. It is listed in my Device Manager, but doesn't seem to be recognized fully. The thumb ...
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How to change the label of USB flash drive that gets assigned to default drive letter (“F” in this case)

I have a USB flash drive (FAT32 format) with the label "DT100G3" If I assign the drive to the letters "G" or "J" the label shows on Windows Explorer. However, if I assign the letter "F" to it, the ...
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file is too large to copy on 8 giga USB Mass Storage Device

I am trying to copy a boot win 8 iso file (4.50 giga) on my USB Mass Storage Device with 8 giga free space and it says the file is too large? so is it possible?
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Thumb Drive Organization

A thumb drive is obviously a chunk of EEPROM, including a controller/microprocessor to store/retrieve the files stored on it. The operating system normally communicates with the thumb drive, and all ...
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Can't automount USB stick with Fedora 21+systemd-udev, could with Gentoo on same machine

In Gentoo I had created a small script that was called by udev and allowed me to mount an USB device, identified by its serial number, to any mount point I chose. Basically, ...
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USB HDD disk not recognized in BIOS Boot order

I installed Ubuntu 14.10 along with Windows 8.1. Obviously I used a USB drive to install Ubuntu. I made all changes to UEFI so I could boot from USB. I could see the USB in the Boot Menu and was able ...
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Windows 8 pro: backup to pendrive connected to router usb

I have a Windows 8 pro pc, I'd like to connect a pendrive to my router (it supports this, the pen is seen as a network share) and use it to backup my pc with the standard MS backup tool. Will it ...
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Linux returns “No space left on device” while copying data to a non-full USB flash drive

I'm trying to copy a file to a USB flash drive. The drive does not have a write-protect switch. df gives the following: $ df -h . Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sde1 ...
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How to make a bootable usb stick and cd disk? [duplicate]

so the operating system does not work on one of my laptops due to some reason. However I decided that I want to put the operating system on again. I have a USB drive and 8gigabyte CD disks and would ...
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How to install Windows 7 onto cFast USB flash disk

I have a cFast USB 3.0 (eSATAp) flash disk and I am trying to install Windows 7 to it. When the installer displays partition list, my cFast drive does not appear. It is formatted as a normal NTFS disk ...
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What is it that makes some USB sticks not-bootable?

I recently got a 64GB USB stick and planned to make it a system repair multitool, with different Linux and Windows installers and live images, but I seem to have a USB stick that cannot be booted. ...
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USB Flash Drive issue

I have a PNY 128 GB USB3 flash drive that has stopped working properly. I had some media files on it and they would not play. I then tried to delete the files thinking I could re-copy them to the ...
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Media file won't play from the flash drive, playing from HD

I have a number of media files (avi, mp4) which are working properly and can be played on my PC. (Windows 8) However when I copy the files to a flash drive (exFAT, fresh formatted) just a few can be ...
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Trying to create windows 8.1 bootable usb using windows tool

I purchased a student copy of windows 8.1 pro, I downloaded the installer, ran it. It took forever to 'set stuff up' (over 9hours) so I quit it. I then launched it again, this time it went straight to ...
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How to make Trisquel 7.0 bootable from usb flash drive?

I am attempting to make Trisquel 7.0 amd64 bootable from usb flash drive. If I use Unetbootin the booting message is Unetbootloader failed to load com32 file menu.c32 boot: If I use Startup Disk ...
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Revive a dead USB flash drive that doesn't show up anywhere?

I had a sandisk memory card that I used in my phone, whenever it would read/write it would get very hot. One day it just completely died. It didn't show up any device. I kept that card in a draw for a ...
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Create multiboot usb stick in addition to live + persistence OSs

I have a strong usb 3.0 32GB stick, and I would like to make a "super stick" from it. I wish to be able to: Install various OSs (windows/linux/osx) from the stick onto Internal PC HDD. Use various ...
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How to unlock bitlocked usb flash drive

I locked my flash drive by an accident using bitlocker, and now I cant remove this lock. I know the password but when I type it on autoplay it says :"the system cannot find the file specified". I ...
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Storing info from wmic as variables in command prompt (Windows 7)

I'm trying to write a batch file that copies a folder from my flash drive to the desktop. I want the batch file to achieve this on any pc in my college. the command wmic logicaldisk get ...
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Data on mapped network pen drive does not get updated

We have a Windows Server 2008 R2 with remote desktop services installed. The users that work on the server often need to read files from a certain network share. This network share is actually a pen ...
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Using PC as a virtual USB flash storage device

I have a Linux server that has an application installed which writes its logs to a connected USB flash drive. I need to have a constant access to these logs which means I cannot unplug the USB flash, ...
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USB flash drive keeps activating 'write protection' by itself. Disarms after unsafe removal

Drive history My 16gb Kingston USB flash drive has been consistently giving problems. Under Windows XP it kept saying 'This storage media is write protected' after copying over approximately ...
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USB Flash Drive became read-only during use

I was using IntelliJ when my USB flash drive suddenly wasn’t being recognised and IntelliJ became unresponsive. I tried safely removing it but it wasn’t showing up there, so I force closed IntelliJ, ...
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erase USB drive after written with win32 disc imager

I am following this tutorial: http://www.macbreaker.com/2014/01/install-osx-mavericks-on-pc-with-niresh.html?m=1 to install Niresh. However it says I need to write the OSX mavericks .dmg to the USB ...
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Flash Drive/External Drive driver not recognized - Windows 8.1

I can't find a solution to my problem. I'm connecting a flash drive to my laptop and Windows doesn't recognize it... The same drive was used to be recognized and all of a sudden it doesnt work ...
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Exclude letters for automount drivers letter usage

I would like to be sure that some letters are not used for the driver automount because i reserved that for other programs
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sdcard performance bottleneck

I have loaded my 4 GB FAT32 sdcard almost entirely with mp3 files. Now, I cannot remove none of them because "discovering items" never ends. Even command line tools last forever, including format e:. ...
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usb flash size decreased from 32 Gb to 5 Mb (after trying ubuntu) [duplicate]

I've used my 32 Gb USB flash to try ubuntu. Now I don't want ubuntu anymore so I formated my USB flash. But size of it now 5 Mb instead of 32 Gb (likely this is because ubuntu uses two partitions and ...
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Read-only, encrypted flash drive [closed]

Is there any hardware or software way to make a flash drive encrypted and read-only? I want to give this flash drive to someone, have them be able to open and read files, but not able to copy the file ...
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How can I log into a windows domain with a usb key

I would like to log into a windows domain (active directory) with a USB key without having to install a client on every workstation. My use case is for Elementary School kids who have issues typing ...
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USB flash drive suddenly stops working, file system cannot be determined

I have a Corsair Voyager Slider 16GB USB drive (USB 3.0) I was working using my USB yesterday and after a 30 minutes break I went back to continue and suddenly my USB stopped working completely, ...
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Cloned Linux does not recognize the new flash drive's space?

I installed CentOS 6 into my 4GB flash drive, and everything worked fine until I needed more space. I have another flash drive with 8GB of space (which is all I really need) and so I formatted it with ...
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dd copy iso 2 usb flash drive & add a writable partition

I made an install of Xubuntu inspired by : http://en.opensuse.org/Live_USB_stick#Using_commandline_tools Is it very good, you have an install bootable drive, like an optical drive. But bit 2 bit ...