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

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Unable to format or write to USB drive

By mistake removed USB drive from Mac while copying something to it. After that, not able to either format it, or write to it. On clicking "Erase" on disk utility in mac, am seeing this error: ...
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Bitlocked USB drive lost power, doesn't work

PC lost power while it was copying files to my encrypted 64gig USB thumb drive. When it came back up Windows 10 would just repeatedly pop up and say the drive needed to be formatted. I disabled ...
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Windows 7 laptop no longer sees USB drives - how to fix?

When I plug USB drives in to my computer the icon on lower right shows that a USB device is ready to use, but Windows 7 does not show the drive anywhere. Under Disk Management (screen shot) I see the ...
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Can I boot an Acer Power S260 from a USB flash drive?

I have an Acer Power S260 which I am trying to boot from a USB flash drive to install a Linux variant. There are options in the BIOS for booting from USB-FDD, USB-ZIP, and USB-CDROM, but not from ...
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USB pen drive suddenly became read-only

Kingston DTSE9 16 Gb USB pen drive (genuine one) suddenly becomes read-only. It has been used in a car, permanently plugged in into the USB socket as music collection for approx 6 months. It was ...
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USBest USB2FlashStorage 8GB [duplicate]

I cannot access flash drive in my computer,it is grayed out.In diskpart it says: Disk 2 Status:NO Media Size:0B Free:0B Description: [F:]USB Mass Storage Device(USBest USB2FlashStorage) Device Type: ...
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Computer only starts when I insert, then withdraw, my USB drive

So, for some time my desktop has been having infrequent fits, after which it refuses to start. It hangs right before it tells me about its memory stuff (I don't really know any of the technical ...
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USBSMC history on a Mac

How do I find the USBSMC history on Mac if it was cleared from the console? I am trying to see devices previously connected with date stamps. The operating system is El Capitan.
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Thumb drives over networks

If I insert a thumb drive on a network computer with 5 files on it and I open one file, and then remove it, would the other 4 files be accessible to anyone at a later time?
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Cannot write to USB drive in Win 7

My company computer is Windows 7, anytime I try to use a third-party software program to write to a removable USB flash drive, I get an error below. "Cannot write to Drive F:. Access is denied." ...
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why does my USB show as an unknown file system with 0bytes used and 0 bytes free [duplicate]

This is my first time posting a public comment and my first time with a usb problem i can't solve. When i plugged my USB into my PC it takes a while to be recognized, and then when it is, it appears ...
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Access file on a USB drive after drive removal

Can an Excel file, opened from a USB flash drive, edited but not copied to the computer, be accessed after flash drive removal? If I open an Excel file on my private computer with Windows installed, ...
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How to have a file update all other similar files

I want to be able to put a text document on each of my flash drives, and have it so that if and when I edit one of the files on one of the flash drives, I would either run a program or have it done ...
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How to write FreeBSD image to USB flash drive

I am trying to write FreeBSD-10.3-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img to a USB flash drive, in the hopes of installing FreeBSD on an x64 computer in my house. Here is the image: ...
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How to reformat a thumb drive that is listed as having 0bytes free?

I have a thumb drive that has somehow been corrupted. When I plugged it in, Windows prompted me to reformat, so I did, and that did nothing. I checked on the drive in computer management and there was ...
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Unable to access any USB device

I'm trying to use an USB device but i get a "Access denied" error. This happens with any USB devices. If I go in "properties -> security" of the device, I can see that i'm not even authorized to see ...
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usb disk 64gb only shows 58.59gb

I have an unformatted usb stick Kingston Datatraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 64 GB. When I clean out the disk and I am about to partition and format it, it lists as 58.59GB and in properties it lists as ...
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How to protect file on USB from being copied?

How can I prevent file on USB flash drive to being copy and paste either via right click or drag and drop copy to other device that is hookup to it like a PC ? The file will be PDF, document file, JPG ...
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having troubles booting yumi multiboot on my windows 10 pc with a sandisk ultra usb 3.0 flash drive

I have been trying to multi-boot Linux distros on my MSI WS60 Windows 10 pc with a new 64gb Ultra 3.0 SanDisk flash drive. I have tried to troubleshoot the fast boot with Windows 10 and format the ...
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A powered USB hub that automatically formats? [closed]

I am going to start off by stating that I don't know if this exists yet or not, but I am stuck. What I am trying to make/purchase is a USB hub that is able to automatically format the drive, wiping ...
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Not able to Format USB from all possibilities

I have a Sandisk Pendrive of 16GB. Unfortunately, I filled the pen drive full except for 0.98 GB free space. Now when I am trying to use that USB drive in my PC, it is just loading and then I get ...
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What damages can occur if flash drives are not safetly removed?

What damages can occur to my computer or my flash drive such as pendrive if I don't safety remove it before plugging it out after any read or write operation on my pendrive also if there is no read ...
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How to fix a write protected NTFS type usb

Tried registry method and musb tools. But doesn't work. It's a 32GB Sandisk pendrive, and it's formatted in NTFS. The following write protection error appears:
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effects of partial Coca Cola exposure on Lexar flip-drives and Cruzer Glide [duplicate]

I had three Lexar Micron flip-drives and one Cruzer Glide on my desk when I spilled some Coca Cola and about the bottom one-quarter of each flash drive was immersed in the cola. All of the Lexars were ...
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What happens if you just unplug swap drive from running system?

I'm running heavily leaking apps on server which have already swapped out about 60gb of garbage in their over 100 days uptime. At the point when I've run out of swap for the first time (32gb) I ...
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Can I make a bootable Mac OS USB drive with access to a Windows PC and Inernet but no running Mac?

I've inherited a MacBook Air with no internal drive that is otherwise working and has been diagnosed at the Apple Store Genius Bar. I don't have access to any other Mac but I have Windows PCs and ...
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My computer recognizes the flash drive but I cannot open the files

My computer recognizes the flash drive but I cannot open the files. I got a prompt showing USB name, date modified and time, type(shortcut) and size (0KB). What can I do?
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Size 0 B listed in diskpart, can't create partition

I have a 4GB flash drive that I'm trying to use, but it seems to have become corrupted somehow. When I run list disk, it shows Size 0B Free 0B, and tryig to create a primary partition gives "DiskPart ...
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Device not initialized, can't reformat

So I'm unable to access my flash drive because it doesn't initialize when I plug it into my computer, and when I try to initialize it I get "device not ready." There's nothing incredibly important on ...
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Regularly plugging in SSDs to increase data lifetime

I am aware that SSDs and flash drives lose data while unplugged. How much does plugging them in regularly (monthly or weekly) increase data lifetime?
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Captive portal from USB dongle

I need a router which will show an html-page stored on usb-flash-drive to newly connected wifi-user. The page will contain a form, and results of this form should be stored to usb-flash-drive. Is it ...
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Connecting a USB Flash Drive to Storage Spaces

I have been playing around with Storage Spaces for a while now, originally in Win 8.1 and now 10, and have found the technology to be so useful. I have recently come into possession of 10 64GB USB ...
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How to remove USB stick properly and without elevation when no drive letter is assigned [duplicate]

I have a USB stick which has no drive letter assigned because its only partition is encrypted with VeraCrypt. Before removing the stick from my computer physically, of course I first dismount the ...
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Unable to format a Pendrive (UDF)-TrusCont Protected

I received a Pendrive from my coaching classes loaded with notes and videos. The content in the Pendrive is protected and now the content has expired. I am unable to view the content any more and it's ...
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tring to take read only and write protect of flash drive

I have a 125 GB flash drive that is read only and when i take that off then it goes to write protected. and goes back and forth between the two how can i fix it so it wont be read only and take the ...
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USB flash drives doesn't show up but ports are working

My USB flash drives do not show up when I connect it to my USB ports. The USB ports are working fine because I can connect other USB devices such as mice, printers etc and they are working fine. The ...
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Cannot boot to a Windows usb disk [closed]

I have legacy boot enabled and have tried to forcefully boot to it but it says: "No partition active". I need to boot into this to do a system repair.
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running Xubuntu on usb

I want to be able to run Xubuntu on usb. I have made the usb bootable using pendrivelinux, and set persistence to the maximum so I can save changes I make. The question I have is: Is it safe to go to ...
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EFI Boot Grub on USB Stick

I'm trying to install ParrotSec Linux on an MBR USB stick. The root folder in mounted on sdc5 and I have an ext2 partition on sdc3 containing grub configuration, vmlinux and initrd. I have another ...
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USB flash drive running Windows 10? [closed]

I want to run Win10 from a USB flash drive but I want it to run fast. I found a specific product and it can r/w sequentiallly 245/190 MBps which is more than some SSDs are capable of. Although I don't ...
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USB flash drives or SD cards with S.M.A.R.T

Do any mainstream manufacturers incorporate Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) into their USB flash drives (aka "USB sticks") or SD cards? If not, why not? It can't be ...
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USB Drive Only Detected If Connected At Boot

I'm running Elementary OS, a Linux distro based on Ubuntu. My computer would only detect a USB device (including USB flash drives, portable hard drives, graphic tablets, etc.) if it is connected ...
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Can't boot from USB Stick on USB hub anymore

So a while ago I've created a bootable USB stick with Kali Linux (with encrypted persistence) on it. Since I wanted to use it with a mouse on my Surface Book 3 I have bought a USB hub (Kali Linux has ...
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Chrome extension via USB

Is it possible to download a Chrome Web Store extension onto your USB stick, plug it into another computer and use it? Chrome Web Store is blocked and there is no way of bypassing it. I want to use ...
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Partitioning a SanDisk Cruzer Extreme 64GB drive

I want to partition my Cruzer Extreme into a 32 Gb YUMI bootable recovery/install drive FAT32 and a 32 Gb exFAT data partition but Windows disk manager is not even letting me delete the volume and ...
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windows 10 iso on usb refuses to boot

I am using a windows "standard" ISO file: Win10_1511_1_English_x64.iso and I have verified its md5 matches the expected. The iso is mountable in OS X as a "UDF" format. I then copy it "straight" to ...
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Pendrive shows up, but no data is accessible

I have lots of private data on my ADATA S107/32GB USB 3.0 pendrive, that recently stopped working. On linux, the pendrive does not show up in file manager, as well as programs like gparted or ...
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Disk Unusable and Unavailable - Sony Media USB Device

After I opened the flash disk and tried to open a file or folder I got the following error: "Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (H:)" Clean or format doesn't work. I checked it [again] in ...
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EXTREMELY slow transfer speed

I'm getting VERY slow transfer speeds with 3 different usb flash drives on different computers. This are the aspects I consider relevant: USB 3.0 driver is installed USB 3.0 is enabled from BIOS ...
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Detecting new USB devices with bash?

I'm writing a bash script that needs to detect when a usb storage device is inserted and assign it to a variable that would otherwise, typically look something like: usb=/dev/sdb. I have a few ...