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

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Detecting new USB devices with bash?

I'm writing a bash script that needs to detect when a usb storage device is inserted and assign it to a variable that would otherwise, typically look something like: usb=/dev/sdb. I have a few ...
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EXTREMELY slow transfer speed

I'm getting VERY slow transfer speeds with 3 different usb flash drives on different computers. This are the aspects I consider relevant: USB 3.0 driver is installed USB 3.0 is enabled from BIOS ...
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How can I browse an untrusted USB flash drive safely?

Say I have a USB flash drive I found lying on the ground. I want to see if it has any information that could help me return it to its owner, but I live in an urban society. It could easily contain ...
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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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How to assign permanent drive letters to removable USB hard drives?

I have scripts that expect specific drive letters for hard drives. Windows sometimes assigns the different drive letters (e.g. I expected my Maxtor drive to be E: but it's now F:, therefore my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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: Direct-...
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Running a VM off a USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Mac/Parallels/XP

I use a MacBook Air as my primary machine, and the 128GB SSD means space is precious. To save about 10 GB, I've been running Parallels with a Windows XP VM off an external USB hard drive, which ...
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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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How to disable creating .Spotlight-V100 and .Trash folders on external drive?

Everytime I put a USB Flash Driver the Mac OS X creates 2 folders .Trash and .Spotlight-V100. Is it possible to disable this operation?
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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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Pen drive size reduced

I made my 8gb pen drive bootable to install Fedora.But after that when i plugged it back to my windows pc, its showing only 514 kb. What happened to the remaining size? I tried formatting the pen ...
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How do you disconnect a USB drive when getting a “this device is currently in use”?

My daughter had her thumb drive plugged into my desktop, doing some work. She finished, logged off of her account and I logged into mine. I noticed that she left her thumb drive in the USB port, and ...
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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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Windows Recovery Creator cannot see my USB drive

I am trying to create a Windows recovery drive on a USB key using Windows Recovery Creator in Windows 8.1 (64-bit). The computer is a Dell XPS 8700. When I run Windows Recovery Creator I uncheck the "...
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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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Why are USB flash drives so much slower than solid-state drives?

From what I understand, USB flash drives and solid-state drives (SSDs) are based on similar technologies, NAND flash memory. But, USB flash drives are usually quite slow, with a read and write speed ...
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USB not recognized or showing a drive letter

I have a SanDisk Cruzer that suddenly stopped being recognized today. It's two years old and has been through the washing machine a few times (though not recently) so it's entirely possible the ...
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“Real” raw access of flash memory cards?

I have a 16GB microSDHC card that apparently was nuked by the phone (a friend's phone, not sure which, but I can find out): while taking pictures, it suddenly could no longer access/recognize the card....
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Permanently delete files from a flash drive

I heard some people mention that files are deleted from flash drive for good, there is no tracing back. Is that really true? If not, how do I permanently delete files from it? I have a sensitive ...
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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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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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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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How do I upgrade BIOS on my Asrock E350M1

I've downloaded the latest BIOS for the Asrock E350M1 motherboard to have DDR3 1333 compatibility. I followed the instructions: I formatted my USB drive with sudo mkdosfs -F 32 -I /dev/sdb1 and df -...
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Why can't I see my Hardrive for my compaq mini 110c from A windows Xp installation on usb stick?

I have windows xp installation files on a USB drive using wintoflash. I've downloaded mass storage driverpack and slipstreamed them into the install. when the bootup begins I press f6 at the ...
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Computer reboots when I plug in a flash drive

I am working on a Compaq EVO 310 for my uncle. It is a 2.0GHZ P4 machine. I have done the following: Installed a 500GB HDD fresh install of WinXP Pro 32 bit installed all drivers from the compaq ...
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Boot from USB with Lenovo G710

What I wish to achieve: Have Debian linux on a USB stick and boot from that without touching my HD. Problem: Can't boot from USB. I put the Debian Live distribution on a USB stick using unetbootin ...
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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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Boot manager does not find usb stick

I have a dell server Poweredge T110. I have 2 usb sticks: 1: Sandisk Ultra - 32GB - Formatted exFat 2: Sandisk Cruzer Blade 8GB - Formatted NTFS When I go to boot mananger -> Boot settings -> Set ...
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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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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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How large of a USB stick do I need to create the “data media” using Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools?

I just bought a Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet (4294) and I'm trying to use the Factory Recovery Disks application within Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools to create "boot media" and "data media", but I don't ...
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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 ...