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

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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: ...
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How to get my project from infinitely recurring directory on windows

I copied my php project to pen drive and accidentally formatted my original source folder.So I went to get project from my pen drive however project folders are infinitely generated. ...
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Run Linux from flash drive

In my work laptop I want to run Linux Mint without changing anything in the computer, so I was thinking of just getting a 128GB flash drive to install it on. I know it will work, but what should I ...
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Creating a FAT(16) partition at maximum size on a flash drive

Got a copy of AR MAX for use with now very antiquated PS2, but it doesn't recognize my flash drive because it isn't FAT format apparently. It's a 32 gb drive and there's no option to format it to FAT. ...
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How to change a USB stick name?

Hello I just bought two identical USB sticks and they both appear to have the same name in the UEFI which is annoying since I can't choose the one I need when they are both plugged in. So how to ...
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USB 3.0 Flash Drive vs. 5400 rpm HDD for VirtualBox VM

Based on a comment, I'm trying to make this a technical question rather than an opinion question--performance of two proposed hardware configurations. I want to switch back and forth between Linux ...
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Is there a way to make a USB drive to work like internal storage?

So I have this USB thumb drive of 16GB, which when inserted into my laptop gets assigned a drive letter (eg. E:/ or F:/), whereas when I connect my smartphone to my laptop usb, it just shows internal ...
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Error mounting USB on RHEL 7.2 within vmware fusion

I am running two instances of the same RHEL 7.2 version on vmware fusion, one with GNOME gui and one without. I have inserted a USB stick, when I do, on the GUI instance everything works fine, my USB ...
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How to use USB device instead of DeviceDisplayObjectProvider for cameras?

I have a Fujifilm Finepix HS35 EXR camera. To have access to photos, saved on its card, I have to use a thing called DeviceDisplayObjectProvider.exe, an unwanted interface, that comes up as soon I ...
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.exe file cannot be deleted because it is open in Host Process for Windows Services; how do I delete it?

How do I delete this file? When I try, I get this error message: I've tried using cmd prompt for shortcut files i.e. attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* I've tried unlocker to delete the .exe files as ...
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USB flash drive wont format

Eh, I bought this USB flash drive 1 day ago to make a bootable USB flash drive for Ubuntu. After writing the iso a couple of times, I still can't boot the USB flash drive (maybe UEFI problem) but now ...
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USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 - Which is best for creating recovery disc of Windows 8.1?

Please correct me if I'm asking nonsense! I just bought a new laptop 'HP 15-AC053TX 15.6-inch Laptop (Core i7-5500U/8GB/1TB/Win 8.1/2GB Graphics), Turbo Silver' and I would like to prepare a recovery ...
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Ubuntu: Computer/Properties drive size doesn't match disk/partition size

I have ubuntu installed on an 8GB USB stick. When I look at it with GParted, it says I have 3.94 MiB unallocated, and 7.31 GiB allocated to my dev/sdb1 partition. It also says that of that 7.31 GiB, ...
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USB 3 Flash doesn't work with USB3 port anymore

It was working for first day but suddenly it stopped working with usb3 port and now it only works with usb2 port! I've even formated it and tested on two different laptops but it still doesn't work ...
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Why does the FreeBSD kernal crash on UEFI boot?

I recently downloaded the FreeBSD 10.2 distribution from the official website; I used the 'FreeBSD-10.2-RELEASE-amd64-uefi-memstick.img.xz' file. I used MS ImageWriter to image a USB and proceeded to ...
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16gb flash drive is 3mb large with no free space- have tried diskpart (Windows 10)+cmd.exe vs Win Explorer discrepancy

I used GParted on my flash drive and formatted using WinDiskImager32. Now Windows says my flash drive is 3mb large (it is 16gb). How do I correct this? I have tried diskpart select disk 1 Disk ...