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

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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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Windows 7 doesn't recognize second partition on removable disk

I created two partitions on my removable Flash drive, but Windows doesn't recognize the second partition. Both partitions are NTFS and primary partitions. And this image is in disk management on ...
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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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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. ...
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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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Recommended tool for read/write checking (hard/usb) drive (if thumb drive is bad) [on hold]

I'm looking for a tool that does read/write testing on a drive in order to find out if the data was written correctly, similar to what memtest does. For example, some usb thumb drives sold are ...
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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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How to access an USB stick from FreeDOS?

In relation with this question, I am trying to get some files onto the hard disk of a freedos-only computer without a CD/DVD reader. Networking seems not to be easy under freedos, so I turned to USB ...
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Restore deleted Windows 8.1 recovery partition

I selected the option to create a recovery drive in Windows and then deleted the recovery partition using the option provided (see screenshot). Now I want to restore the partition exactly as it was ...
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Cannot format USB flash drive, everything claims it's write protected

I have a 4GB HP USB flash drive that I had written a Chromium OS image to with Win32DiskImager. Now I am trying to reformat it but I can't. Everything tells me the disk is write protected. Being a USB ...
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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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Canot format MicroSD. File system is read-only

I formatted it for my special needs some time ago using fdisk. Don't remember the partition table, but there was 1 fat32 and 1 ext4 partition. Now I want to format it fat32 clean, but I get the ...
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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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check the physical health of a USB stick in Linux

How to check the health status of a USB stick? How do I know that a USB is broken beyand repair, or repairable?
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Do (USB) drives need a master boot record to boot in UEFI mode?

I was reading this tutorial and this (Option Two from there) and as far as I understand, making a Windows USB drive bootable for UEFI requires: rewriting the partition table and formatting as FAT32 ...
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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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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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ASUS X551M won't come on and does not charge too

My ASUS X551M shut down itself and won't come on. It does not even take power when i plug in charger. It shut down itself when i plugged in a flash drive in one of the ports which i later realized is ...
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Still getting “scan and fix” popup, even though Shell Hardware Detection is stopped and disabled [duplicate]

When I connect a particular USB drive to my computer, Windows pops up its annoying "scan and fix" dialog. I have read in many places that stopping and disabling the Shell Hardware Detection service ...
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What does the output of fdisk mean?

I've got a flash drive and I want to understand the properties of it as is outputted from fdisk. I inserted it and check the dmesg and I could see that it was mounted as /dev/sdb1 so I ran fdisk to ...
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Password protect folder on USB flash drive for use on Windows XP and a Mac

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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How can I keep my file copy speed consistent?

I sometimes have big files (like the Bitcoin blockchain or a virtual machine disk image) that I want to copy to a flash drive so that I can move it to another computer. My flash drive is a SanDisk ...
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How do I fix my USB drive to get its original 8GB size back?

My USB drive used to be originally 8GB when I bought it. I'm trying to reformatted in Windows 7 by right clicking on the drive and selecting Format.... But the capacity only shows 250MB. Is there ...
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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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Formatted USB flash drive with Disk Utility on Mac and now it is not recognized on any Mac or Windows machine

I have formatted Canyon CN-MP4A USB flash drive with Disk Utility on Mac and now it is not recognized on any Mac or Windows machine. I have formatted with Disk Utility > drive > Erease > ...
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USB Flash Drive issue

I have a PNY 128 GB USB3 flash drive that has stopped working properly. I had some media files on it and they would not play. I then tried to delete the files thinking I could re-copy them to the ...
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Trouble making bootable usb for solaris 11.2

I am trying to dual boot my system with Windows 8.1 and solaris 11.2.I am using flash drive for making bootable solaris 11.2..But i am not able to create bootable flash drive. I tried both .usb and ...
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Repairing corrupted Pen Drive

Last night, I formatted the Pen drive using Windows formatting tool. Once the format was done, I pulled it out without using "Remove device safely". Next time, I plugged in the device, the drive is ...
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Recovering a Partially Formatted USB Thumb Drive

I have a USB Thumb Drive that I was going to use to install Windows 7 with. While formatting the drive with the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool it failed leaving my USB drive in an unusable state. I ...
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Remove memtest from usb

A while ago I had some hardware issues with my desktop and used a USB stick to put a bootable memtest on it to do some diagnosis (at the time it was that one of the memory sticks was bad). Fast ...
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Convert a USB drive into a Virtual Machine HDD

I am creating a bootable USB flash drive. Before using it I would like to test it with VMware Player (or VirtualBox). I could make a raw image of the UFD and convert it with "qemu" qemu-img convert ...
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How to remove write protection from sandisk cruzer switch pen drive?

I have a sandisk cruzer switch pendrive. It is write protected. I want remove that write protection. I did Google very much i am not getting how to remove it. I tried on mac also but it didn't worked ...
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Ghost boot disk on a pen drive

I am in process of ghosting several windows 7 machines. I have disk but no pc comes with floppy drives. So I need an external so I was hoping to create a bootable pen drive with ghost. I have the ...
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Unable to open files in USB flash drives

When I want to open my USB flash drives, it has an error with the below text: There was a problem starting~$WUDFFPBD.FAT The specified module could not be found.
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Folders visible on flash drive, but no files

For no apparent or obvious reason, the files of my usb-flashdisk (32gb) are not visible/gone. The drive is located, I get an 'autoplay' dialogue and all the folders are visible, but all the files ...
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USB Drive access denied in Windows 7

I have this new flash drive in my office Win 7 machine where I am unable to copy files/folders. takeown /F E:\ says Access is denied and when I try to change/add users in the Properties> Security > ...
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Media file won't play from the flash drive, playing from HD

I have a number of media files (avi, mp4) which are working properly and can be played on my PC. (Windows 8) However when I copy the files to a flash drive (exFAT, fresh formatted) just a few can be ...
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Creating a Windows XP installation flash drive in linux

How can I create a bootable flash drive to install Windows XP from under Linux? I have Ubuntu installed on my PC and want to install Windows XP parallelly. I already have an NTFS hard drive, so what ...
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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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Trying to create windows 8.1 bootable usb using windows tool

I purchased a student copy of windows 8.1 pro, I downloaded the installer, ran it. It took forever to 'set stuff up' (over 9hours) so I quit it. I then launched it again, this time it went straight to ...
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How to make Trisquel 7.0 bootable from usb flash drive?

I am attempting to make Trisquel 7.0 amd64 bootable from usb flash drive. If I use Unetbootin the booting message is Unetbootloader failed to load com32 file menu.c32 boot: If I use Startup Disk ...
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Revive a dead USB flash drive that doesn't show up anywhere?

I had a sandisk memory card that I used in my phone, whenever it would read/write it would get very hot. One day it just completely died. It didn't show up any device. I kept that card in a draw for a ...
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What's the maximum size Windows 7 allows for ReadyBoost?

I read somewhere the Windows 7 had removed the limit on ReadyBoost from 4GB and now allows an unlimited number of GBs. I would like to reconfirm this as a fact. At present, my Windows 7 RC 7100 ...
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Create multiboot usb stick in addition to live + persistence OSs

I have a strong usb 3.0 32GB stick, and I would like to make a "super stick" from it. I wish to be able to: Install various OSs (windows/linux/osx) from the stick onto Internal PC HDD. Use various ...
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How to unlock bitlocked usb flash drive

I locked my flash drive by an accident using bitlocker, and now I cant remove this lock. I know the password but when I type it on autoplay it says :"the system cannot find the file specified". I ...
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Cannot make MHDD bootable from pendrive using windows 7

I downloaded an MHDD iso file and tried to make my USB bootable of the same using power ISO.But the mission failed.Why its not able to make the pen drive bootable?
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Using PC as a virtual USB flash storage device

I have a Linux server that has an application installed which writes its logs to a connected USB flash drive. I need to have a constant access to these logs which means I cannot unplug the USB flash, ...