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 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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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 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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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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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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How to create multiboot flash drive

I've found a guide here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multiple-iso-from-usb-multiboot-usb/ And found this menu.lst in my flash drive, which seems to be the one that I'm seeing when I boot using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Tool to test USB sticks?

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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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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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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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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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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Windows 8 pagefile on usb FLASH

Not duplicate :) Windows 8 hides usb flash drives in the list of virtual memory drive list. The picture taken when I installed 2 usb flash drives but they are not in the list. Any body knows the ...
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Making a bootable windows 7 installation flashdrive from Fedora

My main rig had Windows go down and all I have is a blank flashdrive and a netbok with fedora running on it. I have the windows 7 iso ready to go. I tried unetbootin, but all I got was a blank boot ...
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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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How to remove iso 9660 from USB?

I have somehow managed to write an iso 9660 image onto my USB drive, which makes all my computer think that the device is actually a CD. I have tried various methods of removing this partition, but ...
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Should I format USB sticks and SD cards to FAT, FAT32, exFAT or NTFS? (Windows files, live Linux distors)

Does it depend on the media size which one to chose or on some other parameters? In Windows 7 FAT16 is the default. In pendrivelinux.com's Universal USB Installer FAT32. Which one to chose? How about ...
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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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Remove Write Protection from USB

My flash USB is write protected and I've tried every possible methods I've encountered over the internet, to get rid of this. Accessing the usb is not working. Format from my computer, is not ...
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USB flash drive autorun

It is possible to use autorun.inf on a CD rom to make it run an exe without prompting the user but the same is not possible on a USB drive. Why? If its possible, how? On a USB drive it just prompts ...
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Is there an eSATA memory stick / thumb drive?

The new PC I just finished building has eSATA support. I use a USB stick/thumb drive all the time on my PC for stuff, is there an equivalent available anywhere for eSATA? Please list one product per ...
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How to protect copying files out of flash memory?

I have customers who want to buy large amount of flash memories but he wants to copyright all files inside it. The flash will contain files that will be delivered for his customers but they're not ...
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Recover my pendrive

I've got a problem with my pendrive. I haven't used him for 2 months and now when I try to open it it says that it's unformatted. Do you know any program (I prefer something free or opensource) which ...
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howto move existing linux installation to usb-flash and make it bootable?

Is there any possibility to move my already installed ubuntu linux to the usb flash and make it bootable. So that it would boot on the other machine? P.S. I have an installed ubuntu karmic linux ...
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Is it possible to run an Automator workflow when a USB device is connected?

I would like to run an Automator workflow every time I connect a certain thumbdrive to my OS X Snow Leopard system. This workflow will copy certain files from my hard drive onto the thumb drive. I ...
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Why does unplugging my thumb drive result in a blue screen?

When I unplug my thumb drive, Windows XP Pro almost immediately BSODs. How can I stop this? It happens whether I use "safely remove" or not, and will happen with other USB drives as well.
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How to access files on a USB stick after booting from that USB stick?

I booted computer from a USB stick using UNetBootin and Damn Small Linux. Now I want to include some files on the stick such that they'll be available to me once the computer is booted up in Linux. I ...
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How can I low level format a USB drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to completely reformat an USB stick? How can I low level format a 16GB USB drive? I've already confirmed it has bad sectors, so I reckon a low ...
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How to sync large, disconnected file sets with a small USB flash drive?

I want to keep a large file set (700 GB) synchronized between two computers at two different locations (A and B). The computers are not networked in any way. The file sets will be synchronized ...
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Provide multiple thumb-drives via RAID 0 / USB-hub better performance than a single thumb-drive? [duplicate]

Suppose I'd attach N flash-sticks to an USB-hub and configure them using soft-RAID level 0 [striping]. Is this configuration likely to provide better throughput than a single flash-stick?
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Is there a way to partition USB flash drives, so that both/all partitions appear in Windows?

In Windows, 'removable' drives cannot be partitioned, without the partitions not appearing and receiving drive letters, apart from the first partition. Partitioned flash drives work fine in Linux. ...
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Are server backups to flash drives feasible?

If I were to use a flash storage device on a server, a portable one specifically, and backups written to it periodically every 5 hours or so, would there be much wear to the flash drive to the point ...
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Accessing partitions of an USB Flash Drive in Windows 7 64 bit

I have a 32GB Sandisk Cruzer Blade usb flash drive. I use it in many devices such as my car audio system, where they can only read FAT32. I also use it with my Windows, where NTFS is needed since I ...
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What is the “Circle With A Vertical Line” icon appearing on removable disk icons?

In Windows 7, a removable disk's icon sometimes has a smaller icon in its corner similar to the 0/1 icons resembling power on/off. Look: I don't remember the small thing appearing there before. It ...
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How do I fix a Memorex USB 8GB flash drive that shows 0 B available?

Memorex USB 8GB drive that shows 0 B available. I don't know if it's mechanically broken or something is wrong with it. Even disk part shows it as (See Disk 2) Any ideas? EDIT: The bios shows it ...
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Execute a program when a USB stick is removed

The title says it all. Basically, I want to unmount a TrueCrypt volume when the USB stick with the keyfile on it is removed (and, ideally, shut down the computer as well). There used to be a program ...
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Does flash-memory integrity depend on system resources while reading/writing (like CDs/DVDs)?

Question I’m really concerned that flash-memory is just not reliable as a storage for irreplaceable files. Does anybody know if the integrity (corruptibility) of flash-memory (flash-drives, ...
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8GB stick thinks it's a 4GB one

I have a "SanDisk Cruzer USB Device" which is labelled for 8GB and always was 8GB. I didn't use it for a while and now it lists 3.49GB on my PC. I think I've done something to it a while ago, but ...
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Dual Boot USB Drive

I can install Windows 7 from USB. I can also install a Linux distro from USB. Is there a way of doing both? Like, plugging in the USB drive and choosing Windows and installing Windows, or choosing ...
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are there any low profile USB 3.0 flash drives? [closed]

I've searched for a USB 3.0 low-profile flash drive, and only found drives that are either USB 3.0 or low profile. For instance, Sandisk has only one USB 3.0 drive at the time I'm writing this, and ...
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How to turn a folder into USB drive / mass storage?

I have a plasma TV with USB input (can play divx and etc) but what I would like to do is use a software to turn a folder in my notebook HD (windows 7) into a USB Mass Storage device, so that I can ...
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Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 mobo won't boot from USB flash drive

I am trying to boot BAMT, a Linux distribution based on Debian via USB on a brand new Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 motherboard. I tried various flash drive and various OS. I never had this problem with ASUS ...
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Copy-proof flash drive

I'm looking for a solution that make it possible to make a flash drive which protects the data from being copied so that the data is data could be "played" only The main aim for the flash drive is to ...
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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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Autorun file on USB drive in OS X

I would like to have my USB flash drive auto-run a file on it when plugged in.