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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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0answers
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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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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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109 views

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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2answers
97 views

Why my USB drive is treated as Internal Hard drive?

I have 8GB Sandisk Cruzer USB drive, just purchased few week ago. I use two system viz Window XP and Windows 7 Professional. When I connect my drive to win 7 its working properly as external usb ...
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1answer
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Cannot delete partition in diskpart - invalid argument?

I'm trying to delete a partition on a UFD using Diskpart. I am running it through an elevated CMD prompt. But the problem is it reports that I am using an invalid argument. Please see the log below. ...
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5answers
133 views

Why is deleting a file faster than copying?

Why it takes more time, say 10 minutes when copying a file But It takes very less time when deleting the same file, it would take 10-20 seconds.
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127 views

Flashing bios on an HP Machine with no hard drive

I have an HP Elitebook 2530p http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=3782222 There is a common bios problem (I know I am not the only one who had this problem) that asks ...
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115 views

Hard drive is detected as USB flash drive

My external hard drive (USB 3.0) is detected as a USB flash drive in 'My Computer' and I can't access the device by using Window Explorer and from the command line. Before that happened, it installed ...
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74 views

The disk is not formatted error

I tried to insert "any" working USB flash drive and Windows XP says: The disk in drive I is not formatted. Do you want to format it now? The flash drives working on other computers, but not here. ...
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2answers
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Can't access USB drive anymore

I have a 32 GB Lacie Cookey USB flash disk that doesn't show in the Computer window but it's visible as a device. cmd > diskpart DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size -------- ...
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5answers
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How to format/repair a write-protected USB drive with I/O errors?

I ordered a bunch of 1GB usb drives from a semi-shady Chinese company. Most of them work just fine, but a couple of them won't let me format them because they are "write-protected." There is no write ...
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1answer
4k views

USB Flash Drive is writeable but can't delete files

I have an external HDD, which can be powered by either using a Power Supply or the USB port itself. When I use the USB to connect directly to my computer, I can access the Filesystem, can Copy Files ...
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1answer
189 views

How does Windows tell if a drive plugged into a PC is a hard disk drive, a solid state drive or a flash disk drive?

I know that this may be a stupid question, but can someone explain technically on how Windows identify the type of drive plugged into a computer? Edit: I'm asking this question because I'm about to ...
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1answer
610 views

USB Flash Drive For Long-Term Storage Of Data [duplicate]

Is it a good idea to store the archives on a USB Flash Drive for at least 5 years? Will data be removed with the passage of time? Use Case:- I'll keep adding data in the USB with the passage of ...
2
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1answer
371 views

Can I still use a usb flash drive after spilling water on it?

So a few months ago I accidentally spilled a little water on a few of my usb flash drives. I really want to test and see if they work, but before I do, I just want to make sure that there's no risk of ...
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1answer
694 views

Pendrive became 8Mb automatically [duplicate]

I was copying some stuff in one friends pen-drive from my Windows 8. At 400-500MB it stopped copying. So I tried to Safely Remove, but as copying process was on / paused. it cant be safely removed. So ...
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2answers
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USB drive shows 'RAW': can't format and can't delete volume

I have an 8GB USB drive that shows up as 7.46GB RAW in Disk Management (it also says "Healty (Primary Partition)". I don't believe there is any physical damage to the device. When I right click the ...
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1answer
121 views

Long life storage devices [closed]

Which is the best storage device for long life(to preserve the data for more time)? Is it pen-drive or DVD or Hard disk? Or is it any other than these three? I also want to know why one is better ...
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2answers
362 views

load USB drive as CD drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make a USB Stick act like a CD After reading the comments below, it seems that Windows 7 only supports the label and icon entries. I followed the link they commented and ...
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0answers
18 views

Is it necessary to wipe Flash-based drive using a multi-pass overwrite? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any data remanence issues with flash storage devices? Let's assume there is some sensitive material on the drive, that we wouldn't want to be on there even if ...
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2answers
680 views

Cannot reformat flash drive

I have tried to reformat on Ubuntu using gparted, in Windows using their tool, and OSX using Disk Utility. I have also attempted by using the terminal but also failed there. When I verify disk using ...
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3answers
1k views

Make HDD out of USB flash memory

My old laptop's hard disk is broken so that I can't install OS on it. They told me there is a way to make your PC recognize USB flash memory as HDD? Is it possible? how to do that? thanks
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3answers
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USB drive is not opening

I don't know why I cannot open the contents of my flash drive. When I plugged it into my laptop, Windows 7 did not recognize it. In My Computer, it's transparent like this: When I click the icon, a ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Is there a device to share mass storage over Wi-Fi to all platforms, even iOS?

Is there a device which can share any mass storage device over Wi-Fi, regardless of the platform/device to be accessed from? I have Googled some, but they are fixed sized hard-drives or pen-drives, ...
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2answers
3k views

I want to use a USB stick as a harddrive - hardware questions

I installed the latest Ubuntu OS on a USB stick and I'm having some (expected?) lags. Updating packages takes hours, but I can live with that. But the general response time is pretty bad. For instance ...
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1answer
187 views

Is it worth installing applications to removable flash media on Windows 7?

Without the funds to buy a SSD for my soon to arrive laptop, and the knowledge that Visual Studio 2010 can be quite slow at times on a normal hard disk, I was trying to come up with possible solutions ...
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4answers
3k views

Which is faster, USB drive or DVD?

I am installing Linux (YDL) on my old Powerbook G4. Thinking only of speed, which would be faster to install it on: a Lexar JumpDrive TwistTurn 32GB USB flash drive, or a DVD (a CD hasn't got enough ...
2
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1answer
413 views

How do I changes a USB drive letter without the Disk Management snap-in

I've got a user who wants to be able change the dive letter a USB drive is being assigned. Naturally, I'd use the Disk Management snap-in. However, my user doesn't have sufficient privileges to run it ...
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0answers
225 views

Boot Error when booting from USB flash drive

My HDD crashed (probably due to a high re-allocated sector count), so I made a bootable USB flash drive with Ubuntu 10.04 live on it. But I get the error: BOOT ERROR I disconnected my HDD and tried ...
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1answer
223 views

Why hard drive read speed lower than USB drive's?

Just try testing my hard drive and USB drive, but I wonder that hard drive read speed is much slower than USB drive. Why?
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3answers
919 views

USB vs Hard drive transfer speed for small files

I have been searching for this but have found nothing so far, so here i am asking here. Im running a webpage, and was wondering if a USB stick would have a higher I/O speed when reading small webpage ...
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3answers
1k views

Does the Macbook Air with flash memory have an SSD?

The new Macbook Air uses flash memory and I'm just wondering if that means it has a solid state drive or is there a difference between the two?
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1answer
284 views

A good way to automatically backup a flash drive on Mac?

I have an 8GB flash drive that I would like to back up to a hard drive. My current plan is to use a Folder Action Script to automatically run "rdiff-backup FlashDriveDirectory BackupDirectory". Does ...
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2answers
736 views

Flash drive suddenly died. Why? Can I recover it?

I have a flash drive that I used not too much but, after few month of inactivity, it died. I know that flash drives have a limited write cycles but I am sure that this is not the problem. I tried to ...
0
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1answer
163 views

I have multiple dvds to boot vista; can I somehow combine them to boot from single flash drive?

My disk drive doesn't work. I got an external one, but I can't boot from it apparently. I can boot from USB, I've noticed. So I'm wondering if I can put my 3 vista recovery discs onto a single ...
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1answer
57 views

Solid state disks in new Apples

Looking at the news of Apple integrating the Solid state disks onto its motherboard in the new light and crispy version of its mac, was wondering is this a good idea, and what has changed to make this ...
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Running Spinrite from a USB drive?

I need to use SpinRite on my notebook which has no CD-ROM. How can I install and run SpinRite from a USB thumbdrive? Such that I could boot the notebook up with a thumbdrive and start SpinRite. Are ...
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1answer
231 views

Using a flash drive to speed up conventional disks (on linux)

Is there a possibility to use a flash drive as a speed up for conventional hard disks? I got the idea to redirect all read ops to the flash drive if the data is already stored there, and to read from ...
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3answers
190 views

What are typical drive lifetimes?

Can anyone tell me about the lifetime of drives (floppy, hard disk, CD, DVD, flash...)?
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3answers
323 views

Is there a S.M.A.R.T. for Flash Drives?

There's a technology called S.M.A.R.T. that tells you when a HDD is about to go bad. Is there a similar technology for SSD/Thumbdrives?
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2answers
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What happens when a flash drive wears out?

Flash memory has a limited number of read/write cycles, after which it fails. What happens when it fails? Is it like a hard drive, where a failed write is silently moved to another part of the disk ...
2
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1answer
314 views

Are flash drives and hard drives thought of as “an ocean of bytes”?

Why can a USB Flash drive be formatted as NTFS or FAT32? Is the USB Flash Drive and Hard Drive just to be thought of as "an ocean of bytes"? I get very used to hearing formatting a hard drive as ...
2
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1answer
312 views

External USB hard drives don't work with Windows 7, but with Windows XP

On a machine, I dual-boot Windows XP and Windows 7 (both 32-bit). Several external hard drives work well under Windows XP, but under Windows 7 none of them is shown as a drive in Explorer. The only ...
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3answers
1k views

How does a hard drive compare to Flash memory working as a hard drive in terms of speed?

Some experiment I did with hard drive read/write speed was 10MB/s write and 40MB/s read, and with a USB Flash drive, it can be 5MB/s write and 10MB/s read. Also, if I put a virtual hard drive .vhd ...
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2answers
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What is faster cutting or copying a file?

To get large file from one place to another what is faster cutting or copying a file ? What factors can influence the result? I've heard it matters if they are on the same drive and the speed of the ...