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

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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Storing info from wmic as variables in command prompt (Windows 7)

I'm trying to write a batch file that copies a folder from my flash drive to the desktop. I want the batch file to achieve this on any pc in my college. the command wmic logicaldisk get ...
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Data on mapped network pen drive does not get updated

We have a Windows Server 2008 R2 with remote desktop services installed. The users that work on the server often need to read files from a certain network share. This network share is actually a pen ...
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USB Flash Drive became read-only during use

I was using IntelliJ when my USB flash drive suddenly wasn’t being recognised and IntelliJ became unresponsive. I tried safely removing it but it wasn’t showing up there, so I force closed IntelliJ, ...
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sdcard performance bottleneck

I have loaded my 4 GB FAT32 sdcard almost entirely with mp3 files. Now, I cannot remove none of them because "discovering items" never ends. Even command line tools last forever, including format e:. ...
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PNY 64GB Thumbdrive doesn't work in HP Envy h8-1414

I bought a 32 GB thumb drive (similar to the one below) and copied my wiki on to it using my Windows 8 laptop. I then plugged it into my HP Envy h8-1414 which has Windows 7 shoe horned onto it. ...
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Is there an advantage to booting from a USB 3.0 Flash drive?

I'm planning to set up a FreeNAS box for home use, and would prefer to boot from a USB flash drive. The hardware I'm considering doesn't have USB 3.0, but I'm doubtful it would make a difference: ...
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USB flash drive keeps activating 'write protection' by itself. Disarms after unsafe removal

Drive history My 16gb Kingston USB flash drive has been consistently giving problems. Under Windows XP it kept saying 'This storage media is write protected' after copying over approximately ...
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Is there a way to hide EXE files when browsing a USB storage devices?

Say I have a USB storage device that's only supposed to contain data files. Is there a way to browse the contents of that device, but with any dangerous file types (such as EXE etc) hidden as if ...
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USB 3.0 Flash Drive slower than USB 2.0

I have just bought a USB Stick (Flash Drive) from Philips. 32GB USB 3.0. I had some other problems with my USB 3.0 Installation but now this is resovled. My USB 3.0 hub is now a 7 Port USB 3.0 Metall ...
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Flash Drive/External Drive driver not recognized - Windows 8.1

I can't find a solution to my problem. I'm connecting a flash drive to my laptop and Windows doesn't recognize it... The same drive was used to be recognized and all of a sudden it doesnt work ...
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erase USB drive after written with win32 disc imager

I am following this tutorial: http://www.macbreaker.com/2014/01/install-osx-mavericks-on-pc-with-niresh.html?m=1 to install Niresh. However it says I need to write the OSX mavericks .dmg to the USB ...
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USB drive not showing full size

I have a 4GB usb drive. Just now i have formatted it with fat filesystem. But after formatting its only showing 200MB instead of 4GB. I am using windows VISTA operating system. I am frightened. Can ...
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Exclude letters for automount drivers letter usage

I would like to be sure that some letters are not used for the driver automount because i reserved that for other programs
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Truecrypt Full Disk Encryption - Bootloader on USB stick/pendrive

I thought about way to hide that I'm using truecrypt on HDD, other than truecrypt built-in decoy-OS feature - it has lots of disadvantages. My idea is simple: Use full disk encryption on my system ...
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usb flash size decreased from 32 Gb to 5 Mb (after trying ubuntu) [duplicate]

I've used my 32 Gb USB flash to try ubuntu. Now I don't want ubuntu anymore so I formated my USB flash. But size of it now 5 Mb instead of 32 Gb (likely this is because ubuntu uses two partitions and ...
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USB Flash Drive is writeable but can't delete files

I have an external HDD, which can be powered by either using a Power Supply or the USB port itself. When I use the USB to connect directly to my computer, I can access the Filesystem, can Copy Files ...
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Read-only, encrypted flash drive [closed]

Is there any hardware or software way to make a flash drive encrypted and read-only? I want to give this flash drive to someone, have them be able to open and read files, but not able to copy the file ...
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How to boot from USB in Windows 8?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu along with Windows 8. I have copied the Ubuntu 64bit ISO in a USB Pendrive [aka USB Flash Drive] and now I'm trying to boot from there. In the BIOS, I select First Boot ...
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How can I log into a windows domain with a usb key

I would like to log into a windows domain (active directory) with a USB key without having to install a client on every workstation. My use case is for Elementary School kids who have issues typing ...
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How to make a virtual USB drive in Windows?

How can I make a virtual USB drive in Windows? Can it be done with DAEMON Tools or something like that? The reason is that I need the USB drive to use them instead of a physical USB. Sometimes I need ...
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Repair snapped USB flash drive

I have a USB Flash Drive that has had the USB connector snapped away from the circuit board. In the past I have had great sucess with soldering the connector back to the circuit board with 4 solid ...