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

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Flashing bios on an HP Machine with no hard drive

I have an HP Elitebook 2530p http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=3782222 There is a common bios problem (I know I am not the only one who had this problem) that asks ...
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How to install apk from usb Android x86

I installed in VirtualBox Android x86 4.0 for eeepc (android-x86-4.0-RC2-eeepc.iso). I need install apk from USB flash drive, how to do it?
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how do I know if a flashdrive has formatting for FAT32?

what size flashdrive do I need for my freeview? I brought a 8 gb and it not working, is that too small? Information I have found says it needs FAT32. How do I know if a flashdrive has that option?
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USB Flash Drive folders not opening but a command exe.corrupt appears

Whenever i try to open the folders in my USB Flash Drive on my laptop with windows 8, it says EXE corrupted. How to open the folders?
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How to revert a USB drive write protection?

My Sandisk 8GB USB-drive seems to be write protected and no program can access it. I tried regedit, diskpart, cmd (on Windows XP, Win 7 and Win 8). I tried it on several other systems. I also tried ...
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Can a USB pen drive have sector size > 512 bytes?

Hard-disks, these days, can have sectors sized from 512 to 4096 bytes. I would like to know if the same is also possible with USB removable storage media (flash drives, or pen drives). Context: I ...
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32GB Flash Voyager doesn't work on new PC with USB 3.0

I have recently built a new PC and my pendrive is not working correctly. When I plug it into the USB port (I have only USB 3.0 ports), Windows recognizes it and lists it in Explorer, as usual. I ...
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Is there a possibility of creating an active “firewall” on a pen drive?

What I'd like to do is build a program which will be installed onto a pen drive. This program would then notify the user of any program which tries to access the pen drive for read/write purposes. The ...
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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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diskpart multiple primary partition keys

I am trying to set up partitions on my USB drive, 1x as a boot partition, 1x as operating system data, 1x as shared with windows files. I am trying to assign the shared with windows partiton a drive ...
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What is the difference in writing data to an external HDD compared to a USB flash drive? [closed]

I have a Humax satellite receiver with the ability to record programmes (with an external storage connected via a USB slot). What was surprising when I read the manual is it said that only USB hard ...
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Hard drive is detected as USB flash drive

My external hard drive (USB 3.0) is detected as a USB flash drive in 'My Computer' and I can't access the device by using Window Explorer and from the command line. Before that happened, it installed ...
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Cannot mount a USB pendrive

I have no problem to mount the USB pendrive from file browsers (Nemo, Nautilus, Dolphin, etc). But I have a pendrive, which cannot be mounted from the file browser. The error message is: Not ...
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How to Boot FAT Flash Drive with Ubuntu Installer [duplicate]

I have a 1.86 GB Flash Drive and it is a FAT File System. I have downloaded the Ubuntu ISO. I need to be able to boot the flash drive with the Ubuntu ISO and be able to install it to another computer ...
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The disk is not formatted error

I tried to insert "any" working USB flash drive and Windows XP says: The disk in drive I is not formatted. Do you want to format it now? The flash drives working on other computers, but not here. ...
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Open PDF when USB is plugged in Windows 7 [duplicate]

I have a PDF file on an USB drive (named test.pdf placed in root). How do I get it to open automatically as soon as I plug in the USB drive? No dialog or anything, just open the PDF directly after the ...
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I need assistance with my USB Drive which is in 2 partitions, and I want to rejoin them into 1.

So what happened is that my 32 GB USB Drive was initially 32 GB, more like 29.82, but still. Anyway, I use this for everything, school, personal, educational, everything. So then we recently got the ...
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Simple way to encode data on flash drive

I have a USB flash drive and would like to base-64 (or similar) encode all the files/folders (recursively) under a certain parent directory on it; let's call it "toEncode". It would be preferable to ...
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Using Flash Drive to Give Extra Memory to Computer? [duplicate]

I am running on a bad 4g Windows-8 Gateway laptop. I have a lot of files and coding scripts. This is causing my memory to drain. I was wondering if I could clean a flash drive (Which I know how to do) ...
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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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Is it possible to use USB 3.0 Pendrive into my Laptop's USB 2.0 Port? [duplicate]

Currently I am having USB 2.0 port Laptop. I am in the plan to buy USB 3.0 Pendrive/External Hard Disk. Whether USB 3.0 pendrive/ext HDD will support USB 2.0 Laptop's port? Or it will have problem to ...
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My flash is recognised as a hard disk drive. How can I fix it?

I have a removable flash disk drive (Sandisk Cruzer blend 32 GB). I have accidently changed it to active partition! Now it is runing as a local hard disk disk instead of flash disk. How can I make ...
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USB 3.0 flash drive won't work in SuperSpeed mode under Windows 8

I recently purchased a 16GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive that boasts 80 MB/s read speeds but when I connect it to my Lenovo G500s notebook (USB 3.0 enabled) running Windows 8 Core, it only ...
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How to create a clone of a flash disk in windows?

I am looking for a simple tool to create a 'copy' of a flash disk (e.g. compact flash disk) I insert into a flash card reader on windows. I want to be able to Create a copy of the full image of the ...
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USB making tool for Windows detects flash drive as fixed, need to be seen as removable

I downloaded the Windows 8.1 ISO file but my laptop doesn't have an optical drive. The only choice is to install it from USB. I found a Windows 7 USB making tool (the some works for Windows 8 as I ...
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How to force Windows to recognize USB as USB HDD and not USB removable media [duplicate]

I bought a pack of SanDisk Cruzer Facet 8GB USB sticks and upon insertion half of them appear as removable media devices and the other half appear as hard drives. For some reason, windows does not ...
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Can I recover files from a USB flash drive after running scan and fix?

I was copying a video to my USB flash drive when my laptop shutdown. When I started it back up and plugged in. My flash drive it said problem found do you want to scan and fix. I said yes and when I ...
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How can I run VirtualBox VMs off an external HD without importing?

This is the only thing I really miss from VMware, where I was able to run VMs right off an external hard drive or USB stick without having to import it to my machine. I can’t seem to do this in ...
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Removing BOOTMGR from USB flash drive

Got 8GB flash drive. It was formatted to FAT32 and is completely empty, but windows shows that 4KB are in use (once formatted to NTFS windows shows that 54MB are in use). Used some disk editing ...
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Active, wifi enabled USB key [closed]

I'm looking for a system-on-chip which: looks like a USB key it is powered through USB it supports vanilla Linux it has wifi connectivity Is it there such a thing?
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Files not being written to USB Disk

I bought a USB MP3 player, but I'm having some problems with it. After I put my files on it and then safely remove it, they seem to become corrupted. I'm currently trying with music files, and only a ...
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How do I make a USB flash drive writable on Linux?

I want to reformat a SanDisk Cruzer Edge USB flash drive but it appears read-only: $ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdg dd: failed to open ‘/dev/sdg’: Read-only file system I checked the readonly ...
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CentOS6.4 Installation - USB flash not showing up in the “What type of media contains the installation image?” step

I'm currently trying to get CentOS 6.4 installed. Instead of downloading the dvd I downloaded the the minimal.iso file and used a programme called unetbootin to create a bootable usb flash that I ...
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How to reformat a USB drive with “no file system”?

I have a flash drive I got as some sort of promotion and just for the heck of it I tried to erase it and use it for my purposes. However there is nothing I could do to reformer, erase, zero out, etc ...
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Can I install Windows from a USB stick to a USB stick?

I am building a Windows 7 system without a CD/DVD drive or hard drive. I followed one of the many tutorials for creating a bootable installation USB stick, but I couldn't find one for installing to ...
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'USB Drive' Access is denied

I put a USB drive in the port and tried to read it but an error message pops up. E:/ is not accessible. Access is denied. It was a public computer so I don't have access to Control Panel or ...
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Why does USB pen partition not show up in /dev/

This is a question to end my wondering, more than a problem. I am playing around with some USB memory sticks on Linux. When inserted they are automatically mounted, and I can access the files. Two ...
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Chromium OS Image Creator

I downloaded and unzipped the image for Vanilla for usb from hexxeh. I downloaded and installed the Image Creator for Mac. When I run the image creator and select the local image, i am requested to ...
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How do I rename the actual USB drive (not the label)?

I'm not asking how to simply change the name of the USBs label the OS shows. I would like to know how I can change the name of the actual USB stick. For example, if I try to boot from the USB I can ...
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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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Can't access USB drive anymore

I have a 32 GB Lacie Cookey USB flash disk that doesn't show in the Computer window but it's visible as a device. cmd > diskpart DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size -------- ...
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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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HP v220w not working after using it as bootable pendrive

I have made a bootable pendrive just before a week. The pendrive was working previously. I've made a bootable pen drive using following instructions: Launch the DiskPart utility by typing ...
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How do I get a Slax module game to run?

I am new to Linux. I have purchased a USB stick with Slax on it. I downloaded some modules and placed them in the modules folder. Can someone tell me how to run the modules, what commands do you use ...
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Repairing-without-formatting a Read-Only/writeprotected USB drive

I've got a 32gb USB 3.0 thumbdrive and it's been acting up on me as of late. Most of the time I could just unmount and remount it on my Mac's main partition and viola, it'd be working again. However, ...
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How to format a USB stick (flash drive) with FAT32 for use on Linux and Windows?

I want to format a memory stick for moving data between Windows 7 and a non-networked Ubuntu server (Precise). I'm not sure that either of the two ways I've tried are correct, even though I can read ...
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How can I download the Mavericks installer to a Windows PC?

I don't want to install Mavericks onto a Windows PC - I want to to download the installer (5Gb) onto a Windows PC and then install it on a Mac from a USB drive. For reasons I won't go into, it's not ...
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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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I copied an ISO image over a USB drive, can I format it to use it as a storage device again?

I have a 4GB USB drive and I wrote an iso file to it. Now I want to delete the data on it. Is there any way to take the space back? I used Linux to burn the iso file following these instructions. At ...
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Certain files opened in Microsoft Word are looking for a flash drive to be plugged in

On two of my computers, numerous files are showing the following error when being opened: If you click ok about 6 times, it'll eventually let you open up the file. Curiously, one of the computers ...