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

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Is it a sign of trouble when Windows mis-recognizes the brand/model of my thumbdrive?

I have an assortment of USB thumbdrives, which I use often on a few different Windows 7 machines. Occasionally, when I insert one or the other of them, Windows will completely mis-identify it--I'll ...
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Audio player corrupts USB stick: workaround?

Consumer radios, CD players, and car stereos often have a USB port, to play mp3's from a FAT32-formatted USB stick. However, some models don't just read files, they also corrupt files. How can such ...
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USB device not detected in Ubuntu 12.10

I have Ubuntu12.10 installed. But none of my USB ports detects any USB device. But the same USB is detected in Windows OS . How to detect USB device in my Ubuntu system ? Output of lspci : 00:00.0 ...
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How does BIOS read from flash storage without installing driver first?

Whenever we plug in a new thumb drive, we get a pop-up saying Installing Device Driver and then after sometime the autorun dialog pops-up. So when installing another OS from bootable flash drive - ...
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What's the technical difference between a flash drive and an SSD?

I was just reading this question on backups with flash drives, but I was not quite sure why SSDs would be better than flash drives for backups. To me, solid-state drives look like larger versions of ...
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Can a USB flash drive be used reliably as a (manual) backup drive?

I am considering using several large USB drives as my backup media, with redundancy for important files. I am curious if this is a viable alternative to an external HDD. Everything I've been able to ...
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My pendrive became write protected after I used it as a Windows installation disk [duplicate]

I used the pen drive as my Windows installation disk now without any operation from my side it is write protected and I cannot remove the write protection using cmd or other tools.
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Is a USB pen/flash drive susceptible to data loss at elevated temperature? [on hold]

This article drew my attention recently. It writes to say Cox warned that the period of time data is retained on some solid-state drives is halved for every 9°F (or 5°C) rise in temperature where ...
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Can a rfid / contactless reader damage a USB flash drive?

I own a very small usb flash drive I like to carry in my wallet but recently I started using contactless cards (bank, transport) and I'm worried the induction power readers emit might damage / corrupt ...
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Nuke thumbdrive and set GPT+Partition

After using my 16GB USB2.0 thumbdrive as an ESXi boot stick I am now unable to format it. Windows Explorer would just say: The drive could not be formatted (or something likewise) Diskpart is ...
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I have sandisk cruzer force 16Gb thumb drive for booting linux

I have a sandisk cruzer force 16Gb thumb drive that i want to use as a 'usb boot device' for an old laptop with no hard drive or windows recovery disk (IF it is possible). I have seen mention of ...
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All my pen-drive content appear inside a single shortcut [duplicate]

I have been noticing this problem in a few pen-drives for quite a lot of time, and now this has occurred to mine. When I double click on the pen-drive icon, I find a pen-drive short-cut icon to ...
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How to repair USB flash drive?

I have some kind of 8 Gb Feiya Technology Corp. Flash Drive, which is stopped working - it is seen by the system, but I can not write any info there. I tried to use some of Transcend recovery tool and ...
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External Drive Detected but not Recognized

I have a 32 GB Kingston USB 3.0 pendrive which had write permission problems. After searching around and trying a USB Low Formatting Tool which never managed to get past 30%, I used the command line ...
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Windows detects all flash drive file systems as RAW

My computer that's running Windows 7 detects all flash drive file systems as RAW, and thus shows an error message to format them as soon as they're plugged in. I tested all the flash drives in other ...
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Boot of the Ubuntu not recognize pendrive

I'm using Ubuntu 4.14 on my notebook Samsung NP270E4E, I gave permission for 0777 "etc" folder (which I should not have done), then want to re-install ubuntu 14:04 in my notebook, the problem is that ...
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Filesystem fails when trying to boot Arch from USB pendrive

Lately I was trying to make bootable pendrive with Linux Arch. Following "Begginers guide" from wiki.archlinux.org, I made it, using syslinux as my bootloader, however, it doesn't work properly. ...
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How to rename a flash drive (not just a partition)

How do I rename a flash drive on a Mac? I know how to rename a partition, but how do I rename the actual drive? I highlighted what I want to rename in the image below:
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How to convert iso file to USB (don't even know how to mount)

I'm a total total noob who is trying to download Linux Mint on a Mac OS X using a (8 GB) USB flash drive. I know there is some way to go into terminal and convert the iso file, but I don't know how. ...
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Way to recover my corrupted php file in my thumb drive?

My files are there but when I open the file it gives my weird looking letters. http://i.stack.imgur.com/nqPXz.png http://i.stack.imgur.com/xFWtK.png My res folder is now a file for some reason. So ...
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How to remove undeletable USB drive partition

I received a free 2 GB USB from my school and was wondering if I can remove the small partition of 6 MB that they reserved to store a html file that will take me to a website link for information ...
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Rufus says my USB drive has bad blocks, how do I fix it?

My USB drive have 256 bad blocks according to Rufus, and yes it does contain bad blocks since it always give corrupted error message when I try it to install Windows, but running chkdsk on this USB ...
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USB Drive not working with Windows 7. Works on Linux and Windows 8/8.1

I have a USB thumb drive (PNY 128GB) that works fine with Windows 8/8.1 and with Linux, but does not work on Windows 7. Doesn't show up at all. I have tried formatting it in both Win8 and Linux ...
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Cannot create bootable usb

My problem is that I'm always getting some problem with the cdrom. Firstly I think the ISO is fine because I can install the OS on vmware. However when I moved it in usb flash (I used 4 different ...
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Linux Mint doesn't boot properly

I created USB flash drive Linux Mint 17.1 using Linux Live Usb (Lili - link) with persistence storage. When I boot my laptop with my USB flash drive, it shows the page that says "Try Mint Linux live" ...
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Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB Write speed drops

The problem started about a week ago. My Sandisk USB drive normally writes at 150-200MB/s (SSD to USB drive) but all of a sudden the write speed dropped to 5-10MB/s. The problem keeps occurring: it ...
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Changing drive names in windows 7 won't stick

Tried the Admin Tools route, tried right-click "Rename" over the drive icon and also tried this method, which as far as I can tell, does not really rename the drive but the usb port where it is ...
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Taking ownership of a 64 GB USB flash drive

Whenever I try to take ownership of my Kingston DTSE9G2 64 GB USB 3.0 flash drive the Windows Security / Explorer windows gets stuck on "Changing ownership of:" which never recovers, even if ...
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Dead flash drive, can't format or partition

Today I when I was working with my flash drive (thumb drive) it gave some errors in different OS. Now I can't format it. I tried in MacBook and got this error. Posix report: the operation couldn't be ...
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How to access an ejected USB flash drive without removing and plugging it back in [duplicate]

If you eject a USB flash drive in Windows and do not remove it from the port, you cannot access it any more unless you remove it from the port and plug it in again. How can you access it again ...
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Bootable USB does not work [closed]

I tried to install Windows 7 on a bootable USB. It was successful and it told me to reboot now. I clicked it and then it rebooted, and when I selected the USB on boot, this happened: When I opened ...
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How to increase the Write speed of Usb 3.0 flash drive?

Currently i am getting the below mentioned average speeds while tranferring (Writing) a big video file of 2GB by using SanDisk ultra Usb 3.0 16 GB on WIndows 7 64 Bit on Lenovo B590 Laptop :- Usb3.0 ...
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OpenWRT and USB write cycle limit

Background (feel free to skip) I am currently usin OpenWRT at home. I have an external HDD connected to router's USB port for the network shared storage. Actual transfer speed from the HDD to the ...
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USB flash drive not recognized, but only on one computer - flash drive recognized by other computers and computer recognizes other flash drives [duplicate]

This question is similar to USB flash drive cannot be read only on a specific computer, but I did not do anything (that I know of) to trigger the change. My Cruzer 4GB USB flash drive worked for a ...
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Cannot delete files on ExFat flash drive without running chkdsk

When I go to delete/create/modify a file from a flash drive that is formatted with ExFat when Windows says the drive needs to be checked for errors, I cannot delete any files. Why can't I ...
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Booting Win7 64bit from USB 3.0 thumb drive - is it possible to use the 3.0 speeds?

As it sits it takes 4-6 minutes to load a web page using my USB 2.0 slot. My Thumb Drive(PSF32GTAB3USB) is 3.0 and I have a port on my laptop (N53SV) that's also USB 3.0. However, if I try booting ...
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Formatting USB-stick to NTFS or FAT32

After reformatting my USB-stick it became unreadable by Android filesystem. Android Supports only NTFS or FAT32, but whenever I try to format USB-drive from Ubuntu to any of the types I can see flag ...
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How do I get back “replaced” files?

I just copied and replaced files in the exact opposite direction I needed to; from the USB flash drive to the computer, rather than from the computer to the flash drive. Is there any way to get back ...
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Linux command to identify the USB connected to a server

Imagine you have two identical USB-stick connected to your server. You are connected with ssh. When you type lsusb you can see the two USB drives. My question is: If you want mount this stick "Bus ...
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files in usb drive are not hidden but not showing

I copied some hidden files from another computer and when I open them in my computer I noticed that a folder is missing. But my computer shows that folder's space is taken. When I set to show hidden ...
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How to copy files and folders in clipboard to all connected removable drives? [duplicate]

I am a teacher. Usually, at the end of my classes, I want to share some files and folders in my computer (Windows 8) with my students. I have bought a USB hub that supports 4 parallel usb drives. ...
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Remove write protection of flash drive from firmware

I bought an HP v220w 32GB flash drive 2 months ago and it's been working perfectly until yesterday when all of a sudden it became write protected. I've tried evey simple, non technical way to solve ...
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How to make bootable pendrive for Windows 10 from Ubuntu?

I want to install Windows 10 Technical Preview x64 in my computer, I have downloaded the .iso file. Now I need to make the USB stick bootable but I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit so how can I make ...
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Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth USB 3.0 speeds not working in Ubuntu Linux 14.04.1 LTS (Recognizes as a USB 2.0 device)

I'm finding that a Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth (USB 3.0 capable drive in Windows 7 with 200 MB/s Read speed) only connects at USB 2.0 speed in Linux (Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS). Watching the ...
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Does Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth use MLC or TLC flash?

(This also probably pertains to the "non-Stealth" version as it's just a different housing I believe). I have searched online everywhere I can possibly think of. I find no datasheet designating if ...
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Dropbox offline on USB

I have a Dropbox account and I use it to share files among a few PCs. Now I need to use these files on a PC where Dropbox is blocked. I'm thinking on moving these files to a USB and use them there. ...
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Programming on Flash Drive [closed]

I've always had separate setups on several different computers for coding, such as IDEs. I've always synced code files on dropbox when I needed to access them on a different machine. Now, I'm ...
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What else limits readyboost space?

I’m trying to use about 5GB a 64GB usb flash drive—already formatted as exFAT—for ReadyBoost on a 64bit Windows 7 machine, but the slider for space to reserve ends at 4094MB. After 2 hours of ...
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Acer C270 Chromebook “An Unexpected Error has occurred” / verbose mode

I am not exactly sure if this exchange is the best location for this question, but bear with me. I am having issues restoring a Acer C270 Chromebook. Booting with POWER+ESC+REFRESH notifies I must ...
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Images from usb to pc / emulating usb thumb drive [closed]

I have a device, which can save files to a usb thumb drive. Can I anyhow get these files straight to my pc automaticly? For example can I somehow emulate USB thumb drive with my pc and connect the PC ...