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

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USB hard drive doesn't graceful power off after eject on Windows 7

I have a couple of Seagate FreeAgent Go external USB hard drives and would like them to gracefully power off after ejecting in Windows 7. With Windows XP a few seconds after they are ejected they ...
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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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USB devices recognised on Windows 7, but not on Windows XP

In the last week, some of my USB devices have failed to be recognised on my Windows XP SP3 laptop. It first happened with 2 external USB HDD enclosures connected through a mini USB hub. Connecting ...
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Driver for writing to UDF partitions from Windows XP?

I'm considering using an UDF partition to share data between Windows XP, 7, and Linux. It's more efficient than FAT32, and avoids the 4GB max file size limit. I've found it will also work with Mac OS ...
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How to use a pendrive as RAM [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to use a storage disk (such as a USB drive) as RAM? Sometimes, due to issues with my laptop's RAM, the computer is very slow. As such, is there an option ...
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Making a flash drive to a hard drive

I've found a tutorial here on how to trick the operating system to see a flash drive as a hard drive. But I have a few questions: This trick will only work on the os wherein you updated the flash ...
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Is there a S.M.A.R.T. for Flash Drives?

There's a technology called S.M.A.R.T. that tells you when a HDD is about to go bad. Is there a similar technology for SSD/Thumbdrives?
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Disable Autoplay of Audio CDs and USB Drives with registry

I find it very annoying when I go home from work and plug my laptop into my external hard drive… The autoplay window always pops up and asks me what I want to do with the files, which may be fine the ...
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Not able to use pen drive after cleaning it using command prompt [duplicate]

I had downloaded Chrome OS Vanilla and wrote it to an 8 GB pen drive. After I checked it out I tried to remove it. I plugged in my pen drive and it asked me to format it. There was only one option of ...
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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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How to make bootable pendrive for Windows 10 from Ubuntu?

I want to install Windows 10 Technical Preview x64 in my computer, I have downloaded the .iso file. Now I need to make the USB stick bootable but I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit so how can I make ...
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What is it that makes some USB sticks not-bootable?

I recently got a 64GB USB stick and planned to make it a system repair multitool, with different Linux and Windows installers and live images, but I seem to have a USB stick that cannot be booted. ...
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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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How do I fix a Memorex USB 8GB flash drive that shows 0 B available? [duplicate]

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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Can I still use a usb flash drive after spilling water on it?

So a few months ago I accidentally spilled a little water on a few of my usb flash drives. I really want to test and see if they work, but before I do, I just want to make sure that there's no risk of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I make a bootable USB flash disk of Windows setup on my Kali Linux system?

I have Kali Linux currently running on my laptop. I want to install Windows 7. I don't have CD ROM ,how do I make bootable USB having Windows ISO? Which software will help me? Or just how to make ...
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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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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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How do I unmount a USB that contains a TrueCrypt partition?

Since I removed the USBs drive letter for the raw partition per the instructions here, Windows 7s "Safely Remove Hardware..." taskbar icon no longer detects my USB. So, how should I safely remove 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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“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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Is it possible to boot from a USB flash drive on a Toshiba Tecra A2?

Is it possible to boot a Toshiba Tecra A2 from a USB flash drive? BIOS shows no boot option for USB. I haven't yet found any way to do it, but I might be missing some option.
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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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Flash drive .docx disappeared files [closed]

I'm in trouble here I have been writing important word documents and saving them on my flash drive Some one deleated them all in another pc, I need help getting them back I tried recovering word ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What's the technical difference between a flash drive and an SSD?

I was just reading a question on backups with flash drives, but I was not quite sure why SSDs would be better than flash drives for backups. To me, solid-state drives look like larger versions of ...
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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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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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USB “condom” to allow USB storage, but protect from (hidden) keyboards and power spikes

There is plenty of evidence that you should not let other people connect their USB devices to your computer. But I would really like to allow untrusted people to attach a USB-storage device to my ...
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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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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 ...