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

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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 ...
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Cannot view usb flash drive on My Computer

On my computer, I use Windows 7 and I'm unable to read any USB flash drive. When I insert the USB flash drive, it does appear on Device Manager and on Disk Management but when I check on My Computer, ...
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Windows believes Thumbdrive is corrupted after plugging it in a Linux

I have Linux on my computer, and I sometimes put files from my computer to a thumb drive to school. My school, however, has Windows, and the first time I plug in my thumb drive, it believes it's ...
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Why are USB flash drives slower than SATA SSD's?

As a broad generalization current generation SSD's have write performance of around 500MB/s. Premium USB flash drives have write performance of circa 170MB/s, looking at Kingston Predator and Patriot ...
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automatically save flash drive to computer

I use several different flash drives for work. I would like to automatically save the contents on the flash drive to my computer when I put the flash drive in my computer. How would I do this?
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want to remove write protection from flash drive [duplicate]

Can you help me to remove write protection from my flash drive. It did not work when I prompted the command in CMD and in registry editor the folder with the name storagedevicepolicies is not there.
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How to remove write protection from a usb drive

I have a PNY 16GB USB drive that has worked great for a while. The other day, I tried saving something to the flash drive and I received a write protection error. Now I can't edit or save anything on ...
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Is it beneficial to align partitions on a USB 3.0 flash drive?

I’m planning to install Linux Mint 17.3 on my currently unformatted/unpartitioned USB 3.0 flash drive (I’m referring to a full install, instead of just creating a bootable live usb). I have read that ...
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ASUS BIOS keeps resetting Boot priority to Windows Boot Manager before UEFI

I have gone into F2 BIOS settings and saved Boot Option #1 [UEFI: SanDisk] Boot Option #2 [Windows Boot Manager] However upon rebooting the system (Win10) goes straight to the hard disk ...
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Rufus turned my USB into a DVD device

I have recently used rufus to make my usb bootable and it worked as expected. Somehow it has changed my usb into a DVD drive and now it has a write protection that I don't know how to take it off to ...
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Why do I have to make an USB stick bootable if ISO image already is?

I've been searching with google for an easy understandable answer to my question and i didn't find one? Could someone explain this to me? If i understand it, i will be happier L.t: And why for the ...
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Prevent accidental wiping of USB External hard drive?

There are many utilities to make bootable USB flash drives for stuff like diagnostics, Windows installers, Linux installers, etc. (Ex. Win32Diskimager, Linux Live USB Creator) The problem is, in ...
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Format error on Flash Drive on Windows 8.1

Firstly I ran command prompt as an Administrator. when I am trying to format Kingston 32 GB pen drive (Flash drive) and it's getting following error. Please advise. Error DiskPart has encountered ...
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Remount thumb drive after Windows turns the screen off then on?

I have a few files on a thumb drive. I'm editing them in-place on a laptop running Windows 8.1. The laptop is using its power adapter, and it is not on battery. All software is fully patched, expect ...
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is there a way to prevent data in a flash drive from being copied [duplicate]

I want to give a USB flash drive to a friend but I don't want him to copy the data in USB or add anything to it is it possible so he could only read the files without the ability to do anything else?
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how to repair corrupted pendrive [closed]

My pendrive is hp c350 with 16gb memory. It was working quite well before few weeks. One day after improper ejection it was not working properly. Whatever file I put into the pendrive is becoming ...
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Pen drive corrupted or Encrypted ? How to recover

My name is Manoj. I have a 16 GB sony pendrive. When I plugged it, it shows 12 GB of it is filled. But there where no files in it. I tried even unchecking hide system files in folder options. Then I ...
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Pendrive storage not found in Windows

I had formatted my SanDisk Cruzer Blade pendrive and made it bootable using Win32DiskImager. It showed me something like 6 MB free of 34 MB. I formatted the bootable pendrive again. But this time ...
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Formatting a corrupted pen drive

Due to plugging my 4 gb kingston pen drive in a system having virus my pen drive got corrupted . When I plug in my pen drive I am not able to format it or use in it any manner. I tried using DISKPART ...
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USB Boot Menu made with EasyBCD does not display

Using EasyBCD I have created a bootable USB Drive. I am able to boot to the USB drive on my PCs (tried multiple computers) but when the USB's boot menu should display all I get is a cursor like this: ...
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How to recover possibly broken usb stick

I was using my usb stick, and suddenly it just disappeared from my computer. I went into the Windows disk manager, and it's still visible there, when i try to change the drive letter it says: "file ...
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Flash drive missing photos when plugged into another machine

I have a 12GB SanDisk flash drive, to which I downloaded a number of picture files from my old computer. When I attempt to import these files onto my new computer, only about half show on the flash ...
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How does disk utility show negative disk usage for a USB Drive?

I have a 16GB (I think) USB flash drive. When mounting under OS X, the disk utility reports a capacity of 16.71GB, and available space of 18.52GB. And therefore shows that I have used -1.81GB of ...
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Windows 10 USB 3.0 thumb drive format popup

I have a PNY 32GB usb 3.0 thumb drive. When I plug it in, i continually get an error saying drive i: is not formatted, and an option to format. This popup continues about 1/s. I disabled Auto-Play ...
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How can I recover the files on an SDXC flash card from a suddenly dead Galaxy Note 2?

I am trying to recover the files on an SDXC card (SanDisk 64GB) that was in a Galaxy Note II. The Note 2 itself died suddenly, and it doesn't seem recoverable. Rather than seek another Galaxy just to ...
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Laptop BIOS doesn't show USB boot options

When I insert a USB 2.0 drive into my Samsung laptop, the BIOS shows Windows Boot Manager options only, even though the same USB drive is well recognized by my other Samsung laptop. The image shows my ...
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How to give a 5GB video file to a friend, so that it'll play on their TV? [closed]

I have a .mov that I'd like to bring to an event and show people. It is 5.33 GB and I have it on my Mac. I have a 16GB flash drive, and the host has a TV with USB input. I'd like to get that file onto ...
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why did my USB flash drive stop working and now it works again?

I have a 16GB kingston usb flash drive in a small metallic body. It get in contact with few common office/fridge magnets, after which my computer neither the printer could not recognize it. It didn't ...
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Is it possible to retrieve data off of a (possibly) damaged flash drive? [duplicate]

I plugged in my USB flash drive into a port that sticks out of the front of the computer and put my files onto it. I didn't immediately take it out, but instead left it in there while I continued ...
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Mount USB flash drive via command line as it would be mounted automatically after the stick pluged in under Linux

When you insert a flash stick into USB port the following happens: The file system of each USB drive partition is detected automatically Partitions are mounted automatically to a temporary path like ...
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USB stick 8GB working when plugged to TV, doesn’t work on any PC

I have strange problem. My USB storage when plugged to TV (Samsung) is working fine I have access to data on stick. Problem starts when try to plug to PC it’s not recognised by windows – no size, ...
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What flash drive geometry depends on? Can I change it on my preference?

I have an USB flash drive. Here is its initial info generated by fdisk (Linux): # fdisk -l /dev/sdc Disk /dev/sdc: 8053 MB, 8053063680 bytes 16 heads, 60 sectors/track, 16384 cylinders, total ...
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Flash drive icon is not being set on Windows 8.1 Pro

I am trying to set a icon as my thumb drive's default icon. I have gone into Properties>Customize>Choose File... and selected a 30x30 .png image. It seems to not change. How can I change it? OS: ...