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

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Variability in Memory on USB Drives

I teach some basic statistics to computing students and have this basic question... I have no idea is this the correct stack to ask this question on... Take a brand of USB drive --- say USBforMe --- ...
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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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win 10 bootable device not recognized in bios

My PC is stuck on recovery message(err 0xc0000034). I tried to boot from a win 10 usb device but its not recognized in BIOS. Surprisingly' on the same usb device, I flashed ubuntu and it was ...
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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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Windows 10 USB boot drive Is write-protected [duplicate]

I'm currently running Windows 7, but I created a Windows 10 boot flash drive (using a SanDisk Cruzer 8 GB) for a different computer a couple weeks ago. I didn't delete the boot media after I used it, ...
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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 ...
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fix raw flash drive with corrupt table

I have a 32GB HP flash drive with zero free and used space. I was making it bootable using Rufus but at the last moment when it was finishing, Windows pops a message that "unable to format...". I ...
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Can a live USB be “partitioned” so I can use it for both normal files AND an OS?

I normally use a USB for carrying files around, like anyone. However, I'm now also carrying a Linux distro around on a live USB to boot from. Is it possible to combine these? The USB is 16GB, so it is ...
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How reclaim a bricked USB stick

I used the USB Stick formatter on a linux system to format a USB stick (Kingston DataTraveler). Everything appeared to succeed, but now when I plug it in, it no longer is recognized. I've tried ...
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What makes a USB pendrive bootable? [duplicate]

Note that this is not about software/partition/bootable flag issues. I have just flashed three different USB sticks of different brands with the same bootable image (dd if=foo.img of=/dev/sdd). In ...
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Cannot Manage Flash Drive

I have a brand new Kingston DTSE9 64GB flash drive formatted as exFAT. I was able to use the flash drive at home on my Dell laptop (64 bit Windows 10, Administrator), so now it has some files on it. ...
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Changing device boot names that show in BIOS?

When I enter the "Select boot device" menu, there are three USB flash disks, with different distributor brands, all confusingly named USB PMAP 2.0. I found that the bootable one's location is USB-HDD0 ...
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Bootable Usb Thumb Drive

I have a 'gotcha' type question. I want to make a Kali Linux bootable usb thumb drive on Mac. What would happen if I take it out after I boot into Kali? The reason I ask is because my wifi adapter I ...
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After creating a bootable pendrive the size of storage space reduced in Pendrive

I had created my pendrive as bootable drive to install windows 7, After installing windows, i formatted my pen drive but it shows ******3.72 GB free of 3.77 GB****** While i was trying to repair the ...
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Soft killed USB flashdrive

I flashed Chromium OS on my flash-drive, installed it on my laptop and then formatted the flash-drive in Windows. While formatting error occurred which killed my flash. When I insert it in PC it ...
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Pen drive not showing any data but it shows that much space allocated. in cmd dir also not showing files

Pen drive not showing any data but it shows that much space allocated. In a cmd shell dir is also not showing files. I tried -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* But its not working: ''-h'' is not ...
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How to force bios to boot from usb

Imagine you have Hiren's Boot Rescue CD on a flashdrive on a flashdrive, and your intention is to restore windows password, but you cannot access the bios, because it is locked with a password. I ...
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What is the maximum USB capacity that can be used with car stereo? [closed]

What is the maximum USB cap that can be used in a car stereo that is formated with FAT32? Is there any such limitation in terms of a size that can be used? e.g. 32GB, 64GB...
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USB flash stick attaches but mount fails

When I plug-in my 16GB Alcor Micro Corp. Flash Drive into my openSUSE 13.2 (Linux 3.16.7-35-desktop x86_64 GNU/Linux) system, I get the following from journalctl -f: kernel: scsi 25:0:0:0: ...
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HP BIOS Corruption Recovery failure

My HP laptop model Pavilion dv6 7039tx is not able to boot. The screen remains blank and the Caps Lock LED is blinking twice. I checked on the HP site, it says the blinking pattern means it is a BIOS ...
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What format should I use?

I have a USB flash drive. I would like to use it on 3 platforms. The problem is that, I can't find any format that supports both reading and writing on OS X, Windows and Android. (I am now using ...
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Procedures to install Win 7 ULT on SONY Model SVE141J11W

I've been trying to make USB pendrive a bootable device to install OS into my friend's PC. But it said that I need an additional amount of certain space to copy windows into the USB. I have also tried ...
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Error when I boot a server from a USB key

I am trying to boot my Linux server using a USB key with CentOS 6.5 installed. It gives me the boot error message remove disks or other media, press any key to restart. What should I do in this ...
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Grub2 boot unpacked Windows iso from usb

I'd like to boot unpacked Windows 7 iso from usb. What I have: 16 GB usb with ext2 and fat32 partitions (both about 5 GB). Grub2 installed on usb, which loads pure iso images from ext2 partition ...