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

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How long can you read files from a flash drive if kept in a cool, dark room?

Say you had some sensitive information that you didn't want to store on the internet, was incredibly important to you, and you didn't need to access very often either. Think of a digital picture ...
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What is and how to increase the maximum number of usb devices?

I'm wondering what is the maximum number of USB devices the Linux kernel can manage? Does this depend on the root-Hub or something else, too? Is there a way to increase this maximum number? I need ...
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Full Ubuntu Install on USB

I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 in a 16GB Verbatim USB flash drive so I can boot my computer from the usb and have a full ubuntu running (I also need an encrypted home folder). I just want to run ...
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All my folders and files on my flash drive have been renamed automatically and I can no longer open them… I need those files

I opened up my flash drive this morning and all of my folders and files are normal, except for one folder and all its included files, which is the most important folder. The subfolders and files are ...
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How to create bootable USB flash drive with more than one installation O.S.? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a multiboot USB key? What I want to do is to get Windows 7 installation (both x64 + x86) XP installation SP3 HBCD All together in 1 USB flash drive. Is ...
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Windows 7 doesn't recognize second partition on removable disk

I created two partitions on my removable Flash drive, but Windows doesn't recognize the second partition. Both partitions are NTFS and primary partitions. And this image is in disk management on ...
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Pen Drive automatically got Write-Protected

I had given a pen drive of mine to a friend with some data on it. He plugged the pen drive into the Windows 7 powered Acer netbook, didn't eject (unmount) it before pulling it out. When I again ...
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Are there any data remanence issues with flash storage devices?

I am under the impression that, unlike magnetic storage, once data has been deleted from a flash drive it is gone for good but I'm looking to confirm this. This is actually relating to my smart ...
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Windows 7 UFD not responding after hard ejection

On a specific Windows 7 installation, I've got a USB flash drive that was removed while writing to it and since then on that specific machine the OS will not recognize it. When I plug it in, it take ...
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USB drive is empty in drive management [duplicate]

I've got a USB drive here, that somebody asked to try and fix. When inserting it, it shows up in explorer, but when I double click it I get a message saying "Please insert a disk into drive H:". So I ...
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Recovering Crashed Flash drive?

So my friend has a USB flash drive that isn't working. I don't know a whole lot about "recovery" software so I figured I'd ask you guys. What steps can I try (I have access to a Linux machine as ...
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Is there are any performance benefits from defragmenting a usb drive?

"Fragmentation happens to a hard disk over time as you save, change, or delete files." http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/What-is-disk-defragmentation I understand with harddisks there ...
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Easy way to boot WinXP install CD from USB pen drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows XP through Pen Drive I made an ISO out of my WinXP Pro install disk, but Pebuilder/PeToUSB and UNetBootin don't seem to be up to the task of making it ...
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How to convert iso file to USB (don't even know how to mount)

I'm a total total noob who is trying to download Linux Mint on a Mac OS X using a (8 GB) USB flash drive. I know there is some way to go into terminal and convert the iso file, but I don't know how. ...
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USB flash drive cannot be read only on a specific computer

I have a SanDisk Cruzer 32gb flash drive that cannot be read only on a specific computer due to some unknown reason. Do note that all my other flash drives are working fine on this computer. Here's my ...
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Where do I get a generic driver for a USB flash drive for MS Windows XP?

Nope, my Windows XP's "c:[OS folder]\system32\drivers" folder doesn't have it. The technical guys removed it. And nope, automatic driver search doesn't work. Also, the machine doesn't have CD/DVD ...
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Cannot write, format, nor erase flash drive

I have a 4gig flash drive, which I can read from but not write on, erase, nor format in any computer (tried in 7 different computers including xp, vista, and win7). I want to erase all the data ...
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“Windows was unable to complete the format” when trying to format HP USB flash drive?

I have a 2 GB HP flash drive, when I right click and select the format option , I get a warning dialogue that says Windows was unable to complete the format How do I format a flash drive?
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How to make Windows Small Business Server 2011 bootable from an USB stick

How would I go about make Windows Small Business Server 2011 install from an USB stick by making it bootable?
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How to partition a Flash Drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive? Do you know of any way on how to partition a flash drive. Specifically an 8gb toshiba flash drive. I have tried using ...
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Windows: Changing an External Hard Drive's Drive Letter

I'm trying to resolve a file path error problem with TortoiseSVN in this question on Stack Overflow. One of the answers suggested trying to change the drive letter of my external hard drive. How can I ...
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Bootable USB does not work [closed]

I tried to install Windows 7 on a bootable USB. It was successful and it told me to reboot now. I clicked it and then it rebooted, and when I selected the USB on boot, this happened: When I opened ...
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How can I Install a fresh copy of Windows XP or windows 7 into USB flash [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows XP from USB pen drive Persistent install of Windows 7 (or XP) on a USB stick Can I run Windows XP from a USB flash drive? How can I Install a ...
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How to run windows 7 from a USB thumb drive

I am building a very small atom-based computer and I want to use a high-end 16gb USB thumb drive as the only hard drive in it. I am fully aware of the limitations caused by the thumb drive for both ...
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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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What is the danger of inserting and browsing an untrusted USB drive?

Suppose someone wants me to copy some files to their USB stick. I'm running fully-patched Windows 7 x64 with AutoRun disabled (via Group Policy). I insert the USB drive, open it in Windows Explorer ...
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Which programs are using my USB flash drive?

Sometimes when I follow the process to safely remove a USB flash drive, I get told that I can't remove the drive because some programs are using it. However I'm unable to tell which programs these ...
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I washed my USB drive. Any long-term risks?

I accidentally left a USB flash drive in my clothes, which was then washed with my laundry. This was a colored load, hot water. The drive survived just fine and was very clean. All data was still ...
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How to install Debian from a USB drive?

I've got a shining new x64 laptop running Windows 7 and I want to dual boot Debian stable. I've installed Ubuntu on loads of laptops in the past using a USB drive, but I can't find decent ...
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Running Spinrite from a USB drive?

I need to use SpinRite on my notebook which has no CD-ROM. How can I install and run SpinRite from a USB thumbdrive? Such that I could boot the notebook up with a thumbdrive and start SpinRite. Are ...
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How do I make a bootable USB with Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install Windows 8 from USB flash drive? How do I make a bootable USB with Windows 8? I would like to install it on my device with a broken DVD device. Has anyone ...
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Access to a disk drive using volume ID instead of a drive letter in Windows

Can I access to a disk drive using volume ID instead of a drive letter in Windows? It could be very useful for external drives.
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How to fix corrupted filesystem (shows as RAW) in USB device?

I would like to ask if you know how to fix a corrupted USB? I've tried the diskpart command but it didn't work. The media is write protected. Do you have any idea that is much better? I need to fix ...
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Is it possible to disable write caching on a USB mass storage device on Mac OS X?

On Windows, there's a setting for removable drives called "optimize for quick removal", which disables write caching so you can just unplug your removable drive without causing filesystem corruption. ...
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usb flash drive contents replaced with a single shortcut

I was confused when I opened my flash drive all I saw was a shortcut with its target as C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe ~$WO.FAT32,_ldr@16 desktop.ini RET TLS " " You may refer to the images I ...
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Can flash memory be physically damaged if power is interrupted while writing?

If data is actively being written to a flash memory device, can a memory cell (or perhaps the entire memory device) be physically damaged if power is removed, or will data simply be corrupted? Can ...
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Will my USB Flash Drive die sooner if I watch movies directly from it?

If I watch movies directly off my USB Flash Drive, will the many reads somehow cause the drive to deteriorate faster? Or is there any other harm in doing this? My alternative is copying the movie to ...
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USB Stick, how to minimize risk of data corruption or data loss

I have encountered several USB sticks with a corrupted filesystem in only 2 years. In a Windows-only environment (Vista and newer), what can be done to reduce the chance of filesystem corruption and ...
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Dead USB flash drive

So a friend has come to me with a problem. They have a dead USB thumb drive which no longer responds when plugged into a machine. I've tried it in a Mac and it doesn't even respond, at least on a ...
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How to format/repair a write-protected USB drive with I/O errors?

I ordered a bunch of 1GB usb drives from a semi-shady Chinese company. Most of them work just fine, but a couple of them won't let me format them because they are "write-protected." There is no write ...
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Windows XP mounting USB drive to same letter as previously mapped network drive

Why does Windows always mount a USB drive as the next drive letter after the last physical drive, even when that letter is already taken by a mapped drive, and is there any way to improve this ...
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USB stick won't show up

I have a usb stick that won't show up on the computer. It has always worked in the past, and nothing remarkable has changed on the stick or the PC since its last use. It could be that it's not ...
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Is it safe to remove USB media when a computer is suspended?

We are often cautioned against unplugging USB drives in case it is currently being read from or written to. When a computer is suspended, hibernated, or asleep is it obviously not writing any data; it ...
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Why is my USB Flash Drive Now Read-Only?

Suddenly my USB Flash Drive (8gb Corsaire Voyager) is suddenly read-only, and I'm not sure why. There is no "read-only" switch on the drive. All of the data is still there. But nothing can be ...
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Tool to test USB sticks? [closed]

Some of the files I copy to a USB stick seems to be corrupted? Maybe the stick is bad but I haven't used it much and want to know for sure. Is there a Windows utility to test the stick? Mark bad ...
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What are typical drive lifetimes?

Can anyone tell me about the lifetime of drives (floppy, hard disk, CD, DVD, flash...)?
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What happens when a flash drive wears out?

Flash memory has a limited number of read/write cycles, after which it fails. What happens when it fails? Is it like a hard drive, where a failed write is silently moved to another part of the disk ...
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Partition table corrupted (USB flash drive)

It's an 8 GB Patriot thumb drive, which I've used extensively with lots of data. Today, it is detected, but all data is gone: (EDIT at least some data is still there, but the partition table is gone) ...
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USB connection issues with flash drives

Currently I'm facing an issue when I'm trying to connect any USB flash drive to my PC. I can connect USB keyboard and mouse without any issue. However when I connect USB flash drive, there are 2 ...
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Clone bootable USB drives

I want to clone bootable USB drives (Windows 7 installation with image file). What's the fastest and easiest way to do this?