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

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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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Defective Flash Drive (read data errors). Useless? [on hold]

I have some flash drives that appear to be defective (I used H2testw to understand what’s going on in them, well, there are errors every few million bits). Are they unusable? Is there any file ...
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My pendrive is not working .. Please help me out [on hold]

I made my pendrive as a win7 bootable usb and installed win7 in my friend's lappy. and I have formatted the pendrive after installation of win 7.. and when I connected again to my lappy, it asked to ...
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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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rewriting the out-of-bound area [closed]

In flash memory, each flash page within a flash block has a small spare area, also known as the out-of-bound area (OOB), for storing metadata. This usually consists of the logical page number and ...
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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. ...
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USB 3.0 Port is not detecting usb 3.0 pendrive?

I am using dell notebook 3546/windows 7 64bit. There is one usb 3.0 port which is working fine for usb 2.0 pendrive but when i connect usb 3.0 pendrive it does't detect it. Is there any specific ...
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What is the correct name for a USB flash drive? [closed]

What is the difference between the names: thumb drive (USB) memory stick jump drive pen drive (USB) flash drive What is the technically correct name for the device shown in this image? What is the ...
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Fedora 20 not finding USB stick when booting

Fedora 20 system has a USB stick used to back up important files nightly. When I reboot the system it does not find the USB stick. If I then pull the stick out and plug it back in, the system finds ...
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Error installing Adobe Premiere CS6 on a removable drive

I try to install Adobe Premiere CS6 on a Windows To Go (Win7 Home 64-bit) installation and I get this error while installing: fatal: dw041: installdir is not on a local volume This is because Windows ...
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8GB memory stick only showing 49MB

I have an 8GB Sony USB memory stick and only 49 MB are being detected. I've tried on multiple USB ports and tried formatting it several times. I checked it for errors and it said none are found. I ...
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Kingston DataTraveler DTSE9H recognized but assigned no drive letter

I just bought a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler DTSE9H thumbdrive. Using the default Windows7 driver, the keydrive is correctly detected, but for some reason is assigned no drive letter: Kingston's ...
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Linux performance on Pendrive

What are the biggest factors that affect the performance of a Linux distribution installed on a pen-drive? Does faster(read/write) pen-drives offer a smoother experience than pen-drive with bigger ...
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Always show files and folders as tiles in USB Drive

I want all of my files and folders to show as tiles in my usb drive whenever it's plugged in. Is it possible to do with desktop.ini or something?
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Rufus burnt my new usb drive. Code 10 device won't start

Since it was a new usb I was doing a pass to check for bad blocks. Two hours later and 14% through I realised this would take way too long and cancelled. Now when I plug my usb in, it glows on and off ...
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Trying system rescue CD, but reboots when I try an option

I am trying system rescue cd to change a password. It gets to the option selection screen fine, but when I select anything, it just reboots before doing anything else. It then goes back ti the ...
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USB flash drive not working or is appearing as an empty disk drive, Disk Management reports “No Media” with 0 bytes size

I have a USB flash drive which is no longer recognized by my computer. Windows Disk Management and DiskPart report No Media with no storage space (0 bytes) on the drive and I cannot partition or ...
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Computer can't recognize USB Flash Disk [duplicate]

Something happened with my USB flash disk and I had to format it. Every time I tried to format it, I've got: "Windows is unable to format" message. I found a program SDFormatter and tried it. I don't ...
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USB created from using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool cannot boot

I try to install windows 7 using a bootable usb. I use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and run it without any problem. Then I reboot my computer and set the first bootable device to "USB HDD" and ...
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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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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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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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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. ...