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

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WinToFlash - Loading FreeDos No Kernel Sys

I used WinToFlash to create a bootable flashdrive but I think I didn't check the right drive for the destination of OS. I think it formatted my Local C Drive where my main OS installed. My question ...
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cannot boot kali usb

I downloaded - from http://www.kali.org/downloads/ - Kali Linux 32 bit ISO and then sha1sum-ed. blkid shows my usb on /dev/sdc1 then dd if=<path-to-kali.iso> of=/dev/sdc (I have also ...
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USB mouse and keyboard stopped working after plugging in a flash drive

My friend needed to print something so I gave him my flash drive to transfer the files to me so that I could print them. As soon as he plugged the flash drive into his computer, his USB mouse and USB ...
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My USB pendrive always goes read-only, what can I do?

I have a transcend 16 Gb usb pendrive. I save my daily works to it. I wrote a bash script to copy the contents of my working directories to the pendrive. The bash script contains only "cp" and "mkdir" ...
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USB Drive Format for Reading/Writing 4GB+ Files on OSX and Windows

I am trying to settle on a drive file format which is compatible with OSX and Windows for reading/writing 4GB+ files. Linux support would be a bonus. Using FAT is a no go since it does not support ...
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Booting OS X from flash-drive. Possible to install OS X on that flash-drive only?

I created an OS X flash drive. When booting from the flash-drive on my mac, it is the installation process. Can I install OS X on that flash drive (16GB) or does it have to install on my mac? I don't ...
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How do I make a bootable USB flash disk of Windows setup on my Kali Linux system?

I have Kali Linux currently running on my laptop. I want to install Windows 7. I don't have CD ROM ,how do I make bootable USB having Windows ISO? Which software will help me? Or just how to make ...
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Reclaiming an infected pen drive

My pen drive might be infected with virus/malware. I'm running Windows 7. I never stick it into an unsafe computer but this time I had to (because of some urgent work). I haven't inserted it into my ...
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An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data

I have the Windows 7 installation media on a USB drive. I get the error "An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data" when I boot to it on an older computer. The drive ...
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How Do I Enable Developer Mode on Chromium OS Build Running from a USB Stick?

I've been interested in Chromebooks and Chrome OS for a while. Upon learning about the existence of openly available PC-compatible builds of the OS via ArnoldTheBat, I'd figure I'd get a first-hand ...
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Booting from UDF formatted USB flash drive

I would like to know if a UDF formatted USB flash drive can boot properly on any computer. Will it also work well under UEFI?
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Where is target folder on USB booted Debian?

I need to fix some stuff on my debian sitting on my hard disk. So I booted from an USB, as it has its own ash shell. The file system is mounted to /target (so it says), but there is no folder called ...
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Pen-drive / USB-Drive not working after installing ubuntu in it

I put in ubuntu in pendrive and made pendrive bootable by unetbootin. Now the pendrive doesn't work anymore due to that, it is not opening, when I put in windows OS, it doesn't show its total space ...
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USB not correctly formatted

I have formatted a usb flash drive withs size of 2,5 GB and now it shows me that it's size is 8 MB. How can I fix it to be 2,5 GB again?
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Disabling access to usb flash drives on windows 7

How can I restrict someone to copy paste my files from pc to a flash drive or any other mass storage device on windows 7.
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Format USB thumb drive

I got the following drive: Device Identifier: disk1 Device Node: /dev/disk1 Part of Whole: disk1 Device / Media Name: SanDisk Firebird Media Volume Name: ...
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Restoring Windows 8.1 is blocked by UEFI

I accidentally wiped my Windows partitions while installing Ubuntu, but fortunately, I did a complete backup before trying to install it. The laptop is a Yoga 2 Pro, if that helps at all. The ...
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Lock USB pendrives to specific computers

We have pendrives for data operators, they look at sensitive data and the pendrives are for work use in case they need to transfer data between their computers (Their network is isolated and is not ...
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Unable to ZERO a block device

I seem unable to formate this flash drive, every method offers a read-only error. There is no physical "lock" switch on the flash drive what so ever. sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=1M [sudo] ...
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Will 2.0 USB port accept a 3.0 flash drive [duplicate]

Will 2.0 USB port accept or use a 3.0 flash drive? I have a HPE-380T using window7 Thanks
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Sandisk USB drive is read only

For some reason, I have recently been having problems where my SanDisk 32GB Cruzer USB Flash Drive will mount as read-only. It was occasional at first, but now it is full blown and will not allow any ...
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Are there drawbacks of cache in usb drives?

Background A few years ago I was glad to find out that there is a new flash drive with on-board caching (the SuperTalent Express RAM Cache), which gave it a really neat performance on small files. I ...
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USB is read only when not used with my computer

I have a 32GB Sandisk USB flash drive that works great, except for when it is not used ony MY user and MY computer. If I use it on any other computer, user, or even a Live USB, it is mounted as ...
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Is it possible to create bootable linux on USB drive using windows command line?

we can create bootable windows 7 on usb drive(here) using windows command line, is it possible to create bootable linux using windows command line? ( i.e. not using any software) I've entered the ...
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assign drive letter via batch fil based on label

I need a script which would change the drive letter to e.g. P:\ of an USB drive named e.g. "MY_VOLUME". I know this is somehow possible with diskpart /s script.txt > output.txt (using: "list volume" ...
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How I can use Iozone to measure USB sticks?

I need to do some benchmarkings with various file systems (ext3, ntfs, ...) on a USB flash driver. I will format the USB stick every time to do the tests. The problem is I don't know how appoint the ...
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USB hub damages an external hard disk (and storage devices) on use attempt

I recently bought a USB hub because I find myself needing more than just two USB ports on my prebuilt laptop. However I come to the problem that when I use an external hard disk with it I cannot ...
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Running and using Windows on a flash usb drive

I want to be able to use Windows completely from a flash usb card without to install anything on my drive at all (or at least - very a little bit) because I've already have 2 Linux distributives ...
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Installing OS from a flash drive's directory?

I have quite huge (64GB) flash drive with some data on it. And I'm wondering if it's possible to create a directory with bootable Windows 7 / 8 / Linux on that pendrive so I'd be able to install OS ...
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Read Only USB Drive can't be erased/re-set

I bought a 32 GB flash drive several months ago, and after using it for a month or two, something happened to it. Right now, the drive has become read only. I tried using Mac OS X's Disk Utility, ...
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Virus effect on flash drive filesystem (FAT)

I've found viruses on my flash drive, but curing with antivirus didn't solved the consequences. All files and directories on the drive became links (*.lnk files) pointing to a not existing executable ...
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How will I make a pendrive write protected?

I just want to make my pendrive write protected just to make sure, when I insert it public PCs like in cyber cafes in order to just read the files, it doesn't get virus affected. How can I do this?
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HID usb advertisement keyboard

I got a advertisement "usb pen-drive" when plugged in autostart windows run (win + r) and writes the company website and press enter, In device manager it is shown as a keyboard. Does anyone know how ...
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Unable to mark pendrive as active

Unable to make my Usb-flash-drive Active.I have used the dos command but nothing fruitfull happend what should i do.I can not clean it though clean command using DOS.
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How to backup a flash drive automatically each time I plug it in?

I remember using a program to do this in the past, but I can't find it anymore. Regardless of that, in Windows is there a way I can automatically backup a USB flash drive each time I plug it in?
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Unable to format RAW USB Flash Drive

I have a Kingston 4GB Datatraveller USB flash drive that has seemingly become corrupted. On my main computer, the drive continually connects and disconnects and shows up as an Unknown Device. On my ...
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Is it possible to install Vista from a flash drive? [duplicate]

I'm looking to reformat my laptop that is running Vista, and I had planned on burning an ISO to a DVD-R and installing Vista to the laptop from that after reformatting, but I don't have any blank ...
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How to clear any partitioning on an USB flash device on Win7 without admin rights?

I am in a bit of a bind. I need to use my USB device to create a live-usb in order to boot into either my Windows7 partition. However, I do not have access to a computer with admin rights in order to ...
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Flash Memory device now shows 31MB capacity after using as linux live-usb device [duplicate]

The actual capacity of the USB device is 8GB, but after using it as a live-usb device the available memory has reduced to 31MB. I tried formatting the device but that does not solve the problem. Any ...
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Is it possible to re-create the Windows 8.1 install image after the upgrade

I have downloaded and installed the Windows 8.1 upgrade from the Windows store. The hardware was a 64-bit Toshiba P50 laptop. I need to upgrade a second P50 and wish to do so without another 3.6Gb ...
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Linux partitioning scheme for Dell PowerEdge Server with 2x 2GB internal SD Card (RAID 1) and 10T SAS Raid 5

'm in the course of ordering a new Dell PowerEdge server to run XEN for virtualisation purposes on top of either Ubuntu or CentOS server. I'd like to put the OS on a flash drive to boot as fast as ...
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How to remove Write Protection appears due to a virus

I have follow up the below process in cmd DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly Disk attributes cleared successfully. Even I do that it displaying Read-only:yes,So I guess It happens because ...
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Fast way to sync HDD and Flash Drive?

I need to manually sync my HDD to my Flash drive. What I mean by sync is, the HDD must be an exact copy of the Flash drive but not vice versa. Currently every time I need to sync, I simply erase my ...
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Can I format a truecrypt encrypted stick?

EDIT (PROBLEM SOLVED): Sorry for the waste of ones and zeros, but it turns out a simple stick unplugging did the trick. After unplugging the stick and then plugging it back again the usual formatting ...
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16GB USB flash drive turned to 1GB after writing an ISO image onto it

I have a 16GB flash drive for almost seven years. It was all good before not long ago, when I tried to write a Ubuntu image onto it. I made it many times before and had no issues about. But this time, ...
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Password protect folder on USB flash drive

I would like to password-protect a folder on my USB flash drive, so when someone tries to open the folder, they are prompted to enter a password. I have a mac, but also need to use the flash drive ...
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Machine doesn't recognize some USB flash drives

My friend's Windows 7 x64 ultimate machine recognizes some USB flash drives but not some other ones. The types of all are USB2 and also all drivers are installed (device manager). I don't know what is ...
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How to make a computer not detect flash drive?

One of my acquaintances often comes to me with his pen drive and uses my laptop for a long time, which gets me annoyed. How do I make my machine temporarily not detect any external flash drive ?
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Flash drives do not have the memory they're meant to have [duplicate]

Whenever you buy a flash-drive, it always says it has 4GB, but when you plug it into a PC it says it has 3.72 GB, why is that? I don't really care too much for the 200MB, but with my 512GB pen-drive, ...
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Can a USB be removed with out un-mounting during de-fragmentation

I have a USB flash drive formatted to fat32 and I have a batch file to defragment it. Would there be any damage done to the flash drive or it's files if I was to unplug it from the USB port while it ...