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

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Are there any USB flash drives or SD cards which use RAID or redundant storage for additional reliability?

I'm looking to get a fault-tolerant USB flash drive, which saves data to multiple independent locations, whether using RAID or some other means to back up data. Has a product like this ever been ...
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How do I print to a USB drive?

I don't own a printer. I want to print on-line documents such as coupons and airline tickets to a USB drive which I will then take to the Staples store for printing. I want to keep the bar codes ...
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USB drive not showing full size

I have a 4GB usb drive. Just now i have formatted it with fat filesystem. But after formatting its only showing 200MB instead of 4GB. I am using windows VISTA operating system. I am frightened. Can ...
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Portable file association for USB sticks?

I have a usb stick with PortableApps that I carry around between different places. But one thing that annoys me, is when I open a file (such as *.flv or *.html), either Windows says it is unsupported ...
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Looking for a USB Thumbdrive / Flash drive encryption solution (not TrueCrypt) [closed]

I am looking for a USB Thumbdrive / Flash drive encryption solution. I have searched the net but I have never come accross a solution which meets the following: Must handle at least 4GB volume If ...
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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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Is flash storage affected by magnetic fields?

I have several SD cards and USB flash drives that are often laying around my work space. Do I have to be careful to keep magnets away from them? (This paranoia is showing my age - I remember needing ...
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Cannot format my USB Flash Drive after installing Vanilla Chrome OS

I recently installed Chromium OS (Hexxeh's vanilla build) on my 16 GB flash drive. Later on, when I tried to format it, it was showing a total space of 1 GB. I tried deleting partitions in disk ...
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Creating a Windows XP installation flash drive in linux

How can I create a bootable flash drive to install Windows XP from under Linux? I have Ubuntu installed on my PC and want to install Windows XP parallelly. I already have an NTFS hard drive, so what ...
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What's the maximum size Windows 7 allows for ReadyBoost?

I read somewhere the Windows 7 had removed the limit on ReadyBoost from 4GB and now allows an unlimited number of GBs. I would like to reconfirm this as a fact. At present, my Windows 7 RC 7100 ...
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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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What's the difference between burning an ISO and copying a DVD's contents?

Is converting a DVD to an ISO, and then burning that ISO onto another DVD exactly the same thing as copying all the files from one DVD to another? What about if instead of copying to another DVD, I ...
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“Need to format the USB Flash drive” message… can the data be recovered

I have a USB flash drive, that when plugged into any machine (XP, Vista or Windows 7) the following message is displayed: Indeed looking at the drive in Disk Managment the file system is recognized ...
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Did my apartment's electronic key fob fry my flash drive?

I had a great thumb drive on my keychain (a LaCie iAmAKey), right next to the electronic key fob I use to beep myself into my apartment. Recently it's given up the ghost, refusing to be recognized on ...
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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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What are typical drive lifetimes?

Can anyone tell me about the lifetime of drives (floppy, hard disk, CD, DVD, flash...)?
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How to identify USB-sticks that will appear as non-removable before buying?

For a home lab project, I'm going to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 on a USB-stick. The process is described in this guide (for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, but also works for 2012): Deploying ...
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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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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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How do I keep Mac OS X from saving hidden files on my flash drive?

Hidden files and folders like .fseventsd, .Spotlight-V100, .TemporaryItems, and .Trashes are getting dumped in my flash drive every time I plug it into my Mac... How do I keep it from doing this? ...
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What's up with this 64GB USB thumb drive appearing as two disks?

I recently purchased a 64gb usb thumb drive, but for some reason it appears as two disks on every system I've insert it in. I've tried to repartition it in Linux, Windows, and MacOS to no avail. ...
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Which filesystem is appropriate for formatting an USB-stick and install an operation-system?

I have installed my linux-system on a USB-stick. That works well, I can use it on different computers. I used ext4 as filesystem and ask myself it this is the best choice. Which file-system is best ...
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How to “burn” ISO/img/cue+bin to USB drive?

I don't get it. Why is it so complicated to create a bootable usb from a disc image? Disc images have boot sectors, so why can't you just write the raw LBA values from an image directly to a USB and ...
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Windows 7 ReadyBoost - What File System To Use With Flash Card/Drive?

NTFS, exFAT or FAT32? I know that FAT32 has a limit of 4GB transfer per file, but is it faster and better than NTFS or exFAT? Since Windows 7 by itself uses NTFS, it remains logical to format flash ...
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USB flash drive showing empty but half of the capacity is in Used

Not sure if I should post my question in superuser, but it looks like the most appropriate place among all StackExchange sites. I have a 16GB Kingston DataTraveler USB drive. When I tried to use it ...
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What is this U3 that came with my new USB drive?

I just purchased a new 16GB Sandisk Cruzer USB drive, it has drive that it mounts called U3. It is windows only and I downloaded the Cruzer utilities for mac to remove them. The thing is I have no ...
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How to make a multiboot USB key?

I want to cut my 8 GB USB key into several partitions to use WinToFlash for a Windows XP (maybe nLited before). I also want to put the Framakey ubuntu-fr remix pack into it such that it has the ...
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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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How do I restore a Windows 8 iso image to a USB disk in OS X?

I am on OS X and have a Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64 image. My computer doesn’t have a CD drive (MacBook Air). I have a 4 GB USB drive. I want to restore that image to the USB drive. There are many ...
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How can I remove all drivers and other files related to a USB Mass Storage device?

I have a flash drive here that does not work on one OS on computer - let's call it the desktop Windows 7. It works fine on another computer - laptop Windows 7. It also works fine on Windows 8 on the ...
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Two exact same USB flash drives(sticks) not exactly the same

I just bought two 8 GB USB flash drives, SanDisk Cruzer Fit (http://www.sandisk.com/products/usb/drives/cruzer-fit/), they are exactly the same. Since I planned using them as Mac OS X install drives, ...
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Why doesn't Windows XP show “Total Size” and “Free Space” for USB flash disks?

When I double click on My Computer, I can immediately see the Total size and Free space for internal and external HDDs, and inserted CD/DVD media, but in the same columns I cannot see these values for ...
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Do USB pens have a unique identifier?

Is it possible to tell if a USB pen has been secretly exchanged for an identical device without inspecting the data on the device itself? Do USB pens have some form of unique identification that can ...
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What does the output of fdisk mean?

I've got a flash drive and I want to understand the properties of it as is outputted from fdisk. I inserted it and check the dmesg and I could see that it was mounted as /dev/sdb1 so I ran fdisk to ...
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What are the nuisances of creating a bootable Windows 7 USB drive from linux with ms-sys or dd?

I have been reading some web pages and posts (here and in other forums) about how to create a Windows 7 installation USB media from linux (to install Windows 7) I asked in TechNet about this, and I ...
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“Weak bits” test for flash drive?

Flash memory has a limited number of write cycles. In a recent question, @Rsya Studios discussed problems with reads affecting neighboring bits, which is correctable up to a point. Neither of these ...
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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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How do I reset a bootable USB so that it no longer is bootable?

I made a bootable USB stick (Fedora) to install on a system. I'd like to reuse the stick, so I want to remove all traces of the functioning system; in particular I'm not sure how to reset the MBR ...
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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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backup flashdrive

Is there a utility I can use that will take a backup of my flash drive every time I insert it into the computer with out me having to take any action? I would prefer something that runs on Mac and ...
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Understanding mount option nodev and its use with USB flash drives

mount(8) OS X Manual Page describes the nodev option: Do not interpret character or block special devices on the file system. This option is useful for a server that has file systems ...
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How to re-enable Windows user options pop-up screen for USB Flash drives?

When insert new USB drive, a pop-up is displayed that gives option to view all files on drive. User also has option to suppress further messages sure? So, this has been done... but now it must be ...
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What is the best way to make a flash drive with many bootable things

I want to make a flash drive with lots of bootable things on it, a toolkit of sorts. The list of things that I want to boot on it so far it Hirens Boot Disk Backtrack Linux Knoppix STD Ophcrack XP ...
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Disable AutoRun for specific external drive

I have an external USB hard drive with two partitions on it. Every time my computer boots up Windows 7, I get two autorun popup windows. This is annoying; I'd like Windows to just mount the partitions ...
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The speed of copying a file from a PC to a USB Flash drive started at 30MB/s and decreased to 5.8 MB/s, why?

If I copy a 8GB file from the PC to a USB Flash Drive, the speed will start at around 30 MB/s... maybe 28 MB/s, and then gradually, after a minute, it will go down to 15 MB/s and finally settle down ...
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Recommendations for USB flash drive fast at writing small files [closed]

I want a drive that I can be used as my work drive, storing a Subversion repo and sandbox for a small project. I'd also like it to be able to store a DVD rip. At the moment I've got a Super Talent ...
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Do not get 'Safely remove' option in Tray for USB storage devices

I had done some tweaks in service settings (Disabled some as I thought it is not needed). Now, I am not getting the option to safely remove mass storage device when I click the icon on the system ...
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Which is best for ReadyBoost? SD card or USB? [closed]

Would it be better to use a USB or a SD card as use for ReadyBoost? I run windows 7 on a acer aspire laptop. It has a built in SD-card reader, and usb 2.0 ports.
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Using Batch File to Transfer files to flash drive when connected [duplicate]

I have about 1,000 flash drives that I need to move a set of files onto. I'm looking for a way to reduce the amount of time this will take. Thoughts: Attach task to the event of connecting flash ...
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How can I change the default action taken on removable media in Ubuntu?

In Ubuntu when I insert a USB stick I get a prompt like: You have just inserted a medium with digital photos. Choose application to launch. Here I can set "perform as default action" and this ...