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

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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 from USB stick

I have followed up the below process in cmd: DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly Disk attributes cleared successfully. Even if I do that it displays Read-only:yes: DISKPART> attributes ...
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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 ...
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Can I recover my thumb drive

I was using my thumb drive when I saw a hidden folder named System Volume Information. I deleted this folder thinking it was a virus. After doing that, the windows explorer window disappeared and I ...
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Files on new pen-drive going wrong

I have bought a new pen-drive that is 512GB. I saw it didn't have a option to format to fat32 so I used a tool the do this. But after a wile I found that this was happening to some of my folders. ...
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Convert a thumb drive to flash drive

I have two USBs, both Kingston DT101 G2, 8GB. Both FAT32. When I connect my USBs into my machine (Ubuntu), one is detected as a "Thumb drive" and the other is detected as a "Flash drive". I ...
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How to install ubuntu on a macbook pro using a pendrive?

I did an upgrade of 11.04 into 13.04 and it has failed miserably. Now I want a fresh install, hopefully saving my /home directory. I use centos on my other machine and do not have access to a macos ...
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File hiding virus for USB

Every time i connect any USB flash drive the files become hidden i know how to view the files but i cant get that damn virus from my PC i believe that this a virus so i installed Avira 2014 and ...
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No drive letter assigned to USB drive on windows 8.1

Not long before, I executed dd on my USB drive, but later when I needed it. I found it could not be formatted in Windows Disk Management, which said "The system cannot find the file specified." So I ...
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Flash drive connects in USB 1.1/2.0 mode randomly

USB flash drive sometimes connects fine as a USB 2.0 device and I can copy/paste content faster. Though it randomly connects as USB 1.1 and then it gets so slow that I feel I'm downloading stuff from ...
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External flash lock [closed]

As flash is used to store executable code. Example like 1) microcontroller code is burned into internal flash. 2) microcontroller code is burned into external flash. As microcontrollers have ...
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How do I delete a partition that I mistakenly created?

I bought a Kingston USB drive, and after unsuccessful install by Windows (7) I went to Kingston's support webpage and followed the instructions of how to make it work. I assumed the problem was the ...
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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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USB flash drive showing up as two disks

I have a USB flash drive, which when I insert into my mac's USB port, shows up as two disks. One has a capacity of 2.11 GB, and has read/write privileges, the other has 2.1 MB capacity and is read ...
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Flash based storage. Do i need to re-plug them back in to my PC from time to time? (Memory cards & SSD's)

I've bought some memory cards for the purpose of backing up & storing my pictures and videos in case my PC's hard drive fails or the data on it becomes unreadable. The hard drive may not fail for ...
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How to format USB flash drive to work with older device?

I have 2 usb stics. One of them (64MB) is working fine with Nikon npl632. However this device seems not to support any modern flash drives. What I'am willing to do is to format new usb stick - much ...
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Which is the cheapest WIndows 8.1 license I can buy that will allow me to create a USB install stick? [closed]

I am building a PC with no DVD, and want to put 8.1 on it. I read the instructions on the MS site about downloading a setup program and putting in a license key and creating a USB stick. These ...
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My usb flash drive (Lexar) has very important documents from my Grad.

The flash drive I am using for Graduate school (has my life on it) is telling me to format the drive. I have already done this and if I do it again, I will lose all the data. How do I fix this?
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Troubleshooting USB Boot issues

No matter what I try, I can't seem to get my computer to boot from USB. I would very much appreciate any help. I'm usually quite good at these things but the solution here eludes me. I have been ...
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Is my SONY USB flash drive dead?

I have a following problem: when I plug-in my USB flash drive, it isn't shown in Windows Explorer or recognized by system at all. In device properties, it is shown as: USB MEMORY BAR ...
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How to do a factory reset on a SanDisk Cruzer Blade flash drive?

I have a 8 GB Sandisk USB flash drive. Recently it became write protected somehow. So I searched in Google and I tried to remove the write protection through almost all the methods I found. ...
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Plugging the usb device makes PC go crazy

When I plug in the usb flash drive, Windows 8.1 won't recognize it. Then when I plug out the mouse (so that I can plug in the flash drive instead), this happens: the usb drive is still not ...
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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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Chipbank udisk - How to create readonly partition for company catalog purpose

I've ordered some usb drives for my company with laser logo and so on. As we had no time to wait for the "preloading" of the catalogs, we got them blank. I checked with a tool the chipset of the ...
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Too much time taking to read a USB flash drive when connected to system

I use HP G62 laptop which runs on Windows 7. For 3 days it takes more time to read a pen drive when connected, that is the pen drive appears not suddenly in the My Computer after it is connected. ...
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Kingston data traveler 160

I seem to have accidentally deleted the driver for my Kingston data traveler 160 flash drive and can't seem to find a driver download to fix the problem! When I tell the computer to search online it ...
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USB Stick Becoming Write Only

I am running windows 7. I have a 2GB flash-drive running a strawberry Perl portable edition. I was spending time installing CPAN modules this morning when suddenly my disk became write protected. ...
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Why does it take so long time to permanently delete files from a USB memory?

I'm deleting a Python installation folder (12000 files, 256 MB) from a USB flash memory from Windows. It is currently expected to take 40 minutes. Why? I thought it would be enough to change a couple ...
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MS DVD/USB download tool where is located?

After install MS DVD/USB download tool, I cannot locat it in either Start, neither Program Files. The installer GUI and the MS webpages are not providing any information. I have Windows 7 x64.
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Verfity the Writing of an ISO Image Written with dd?

This question is similar to How can I verify the read/write integrity of a compact flash device?. However, I've want to write an ISO image and then verify the ISO that's been written (and not verify ...
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Why does the transfer rate of my USB 3.0 flash drive drops after a few seconds of copying?

I've just bought a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 64GB flash drive. The spec says that the drive's max read speed is 80Mb/s. I only have a USB 2.0 port, and I've made these tests: Writing a 4GB file on the ...