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

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Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth USB 3.0 speeds not working in Ubuntu Linux 14.04.1 LTS (Recognizes as a USB 2.0 device)

I'm finding that a Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth (USB 3.0 capable drive in Windows 7 with 200 MB/s Read speed) only connects at USB 2.0 speed in Linux (Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS). Watching the /var/log/...
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How to repair corrupt pendrive?

I have an HP pendrive of 16GB. One day my little brother tried to make a bootable Hackintosh using that pendrive and we had a power cut when the write process was going on (my brother was using Mac OS ...
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My thumb drive became corrupted and reads RAW now can I recover info

Inserting a thumbdrive i have been using for the past year - I get an alert that the drive is not formatted and is requesting to format the thumb drive. I did a recovery run and it showed up as RAW. i ...
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Flash drive problems

I bought a what was supposed to be a 64 gb flash drive and I checked it out and I found out it was a 90 something gigabyte removable drive and it also has some weird files that can't be deleted,...
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How Do I Enable Developer Mode on Chromium OS Build Running from a USB Stick?

I've been interested in Chromebooks and Chrome OS for a while. Upon learning about the existence of openly available PC-compatible builds of the OS via ArnoldTheBat, I'd figure I'd get a first-hand ...
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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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USB flash memory is not mounted after is connected?

I have a Trancsend Jetflash TS2GJF210 USB drive. When I connect it to my old laptop (Dell Latitude D630) it is not mounted. dmesg shows following messages: [108884.154796] usb 2-2: new high-speed USB ...
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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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Certain files opened in Microsoft Word are looking for a flash drive to be plugged in

On two of my computers, numerous files are showing the following error when being opened: If you click ok about 6 times, it'll eventually let you open up the file. Curiously, one of the computers ...
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Bootable flash drive meant to boot Windows 7 boots Linux Mint 15

I am running Linux Mint 15 and I want to switch to Windows 7. I tried to make a bootable SD card, but something is wrong. I downloaded Windows 7, right-clicked the .iso file -> "make bootable USB ...
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How to make USB stick to appear CD ROM

How I can make my memory stick have two partitions like this force-ably so that i can have a read-only part of my memory stick that also runs the auto-run automatically in Windows? There is a same ...
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impossible to format a RAW usb flash drive

I was trying to format my flash USB that is a RAW format. When I plug it windows asks me to format the USB I choose format I choose slow format but after 6 hours not even 1% done. I tried quick ...
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Are there “bad” ways to partition flash drives?

In an attempt to figure out why a certain flash drive I have stopped working under OS X but continues to work under Windows and Linux, I found the wiki page How to Damage a FLASH Storage Device, which ...
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USB Flash Drive shows empty but definitely had non-hidden files

I have this 16 GB USb Flash Drive and I remember storing a lot of data in it. I used this several weeks later on my Windows PC and it fails to show any files on it. None were hidden and even so, my PC ...
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How to use an USB pen drive to install Windows XP when WinToFlash doesn't work

I'm trying to put Windows XP SP2 on my pendrive because I need to format an UMPC via USB port. I'm trying using USB_multiboot_10, but it fails when I press "P" to format the usb drive (a Kingston ...
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Running XMBC 12 off a stick, sans HDD

I have a laptop whose hard drive is toast, so I'm booting XBMC off a stick. It works fine, but I would like to not have to manually intervene halfway through booting up to tell it to Try Ubuntu, ...
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My USB flash drive cannot be read, the OS asks me if I'm to format it now

I'm using a Sandisk 4 GB flash drive on a Windows XP machine and just found it cannot be read anymore. The OS keeps telling me the disk cannot be read and if I'm to reformat it now. I have ...
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Troubleshooting old motherboard USB boot

Today I faced a situation I'm not clear how to try to get around. I will have to perform a maintenance operation on a pair of Win 98 computers weekly. In that operation I will need to input and ...
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USB flash drive metrics and information

I was wondering how I can get more information about my flash drives (USB sticks). Info like description and metrics/stats. Think smartctl on Linux for hard disk drives. Any operating system would ...
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Can't install Windows through USB drive on Fujitsu Stylistic Q550

I own a Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 and I recently installed Windows 8 on it. All was well till I got over-hyped and installed the updated BIOS version from the Fujitsu drivers. The BIOS update was ...
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USB Flash Drive - Code: Cannot open because not a supported file type or damaged file

I have a 4GB USB Flash Drive. How do I access, in a discernible format, a file/file folder which reads: "Could not open ABC file because it is either not a supported file type or because file has been ...
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Measuring flash-drive performance for portable apps?

I recently bought a flash drive (Sandisk extreme SD in a USB 3 card reader) to run Cygwin off of so I can develop wherever. Benchmarks ranked it highly, but there's visible lag whenever I interact ...
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Can't mount usb key filesystem

8GB FAT32 filesystem that normally mounted as intended using usbmount. When I went to take it out to plug into a difference computer I did umount /dev/sda1 which is where it was. Now it fails to ...
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Native linux bootable thumb drive with first partition as fat32

I've been trying to do this for quite a while and I feel like I have exhausted my options on it. I want to make a flash drive partitioned similarly to this: Number Start (sector) End (sector) ...
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How to flash Acer Aspire 5541 BIOS with USB when LCD is not working?

I want to flash my BIOS to see if it will fix my LCD problem (screen is just black when i turn the laptop on). The BIOS update says: [Fixed History] 1. Solve DVD can't be dislpayed in clone mode 2. ...
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Missing space on Flash drive (USB) - Can't reformat it also

I have a flash drive which is given as a freebie. I don't know who manufactured it. It got infected by a virus. I am trying to reformat it but I am always receiving a "Windows was unable to complete ...
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Formatted flash drive in Linux, now it won't show

A few weeks ago I formatted my 16GB PNY flash drive following some guide online regarding formatting flash drives in linux as I've never done that before. I'm running xubuntu. The format seemed to ...
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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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Leviton USB Pendrive

I have a Generic Flash Disk 2.0 and the brand is Leviton with 4 GB. It is now unable to complete the format in GUI as well as with the command line. When I check the properties it shows its capacity ...
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Trying to run QEMU with a file as hda

I'm trying to run QEMU and use a simple file on the host system as the guest's hard drive. Here's what I attempted so far: $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/home/felix/vm/archlinux.img bs=1MB count=8192 8192+0 ...
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Create Windows 10 bootable/installation USB drive

I created Windows 10 installation USB drive using media creation tool provided by MS. (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/) At first I thought it was USB bootable and also ...
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How to make my PC recognize my USB hard drive as a USB flash drive

I wanted to install a official ISO image of windows 10 for another PC.I already have the key so I only need a installation media for the process. I installed the MEDIA CREATION TOOL from the official ...
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Pen drives doest not copy any data

I am using HP 64 GB pen drive and formatted to FAT32 from exFAT. When I insert it in any computer and copy files to it, they disappear when I click refresh or eject it. Under properties it does not ...
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Bootable USB device requirement for ASUS Eee PC 1000HE

Does the EEE require a particular USB flash drive capability or property? I have a Sandisk flash drive that boots correctly on every accessible USB-bootable computer. For some reason the 1000HE BIOS ...
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Writing small files to a flash drive (USB key)

What is the block size for writing to a flash drive (the minimal size that gets erased and rewritten)? Does it depend on the block size the drive was formatted by, or is it independent of that? Does ...
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Unable to Boot from USB

I am unable to boot the Windows Vista Setup from my USB. I originally set up my computer to dual boot with Windows XP and Windows 8.1. However I wanted to replace my installation of Windows 8.1 with ...
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Trouble creating a RAID setup with my Flashdrives

I have been trying to get my RAID to work with my 2 16Gb flash-drives but it does not want to work. For what I have no clue. What are the steps that you have done to get yours working, because maybe I ...
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Stupid CD/DVD driver error trying to install windows 7

I'm trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate Edition (Win7_Ult_SP1_English_x32.iso) on a newly wiped laptop using a bootable USB key I made with Rufus. However it's going straight from "Setup is starting.....
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What options are there for making an Equipment Driver and Instructions CD?

A manufacturing company sends a CD or USB out with its equipment that includes the Drivers and Opensource Software needed to use the equipment along with manuals in the form of PDF files. For the ...
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How to have a file update all other similar files

I want to be able to put a text document on each of my flash drives, and have it so that if and when I edit one of the files on one of the flash drives, I would either run a program or have it done ...
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How to fix a write protected NTFS type usb

Tried registry method and musb tools. But doesn't work. It's a 32GB Sandisk pendrive, and it's formatted in NTFS. The following write protection error appears:
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My computer recognizes the flash drive but I cannot open the files

My computer recognizes the flash drive but I cannot open the files. I got a prompt showing USB name, date modified and time, type(shortcut) and size (0KB). What can I do?
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Size 0 B listed in diskpart, can't create partition

I have a 4GB flash drive that I'm trying to use, but it seems to have become corrupted somehow. When I run list disk, it shows Size 0B Free 0B, and tryig to create a primary partition gives "DiskPart ...
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Regularly plugging in SSDs to increase data lifetime

I am aware that SSDs and flash drives lose data while unplugged. How much does plugging them in regularly (monthly or weekly) increase data lifetime?
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Captive portal from USB dongle

I need a router which will show an html-page stored on usb-flash-drive to newly connected wifi-user. The page will contain a form, and results of this form should be stored to usb-flash-drive. Is it ...
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USB flash drives doesn't show up but ports are working

My USB flash drives do not show up when I connect it to my USB ports. The USB ports are working fine because I can connect other USB devices such as mice, printers etc and they are working fine. The ...
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Partitioning a SanDisk Cruzer Extreme 64GB drive

I want to partition my Cruzer Extreme into a 32 Gb YUMI bootable recovery/install drive FAT32 and a 32 Gb exFAT data partition but Windows disk manager is not even letting me delete the volume and ...
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Pendrive shows up, but no data is accessible

I have lots of private data on my ADATA S107/32GB USB 3.0 pendrive, that recently stopped working. On linux, the pendrive does not show up in file manager, as well as programs like gparted or testdisk,...
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Disk Unusable and Unavailable - Sony Media USB Device

After I opened the flash disk and tried to open a file or folder I got the following error: "Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (H:)" Clean or format doesn't work. I checked it [again] in ...