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 Flash drive not showing as removable drive

Yesterday I bought SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4 GB USB Flash drive. I connected it to my Windows 7 laptop there it is shown as local drive and not as a removable drive. I need it to be shown as a removable ...
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How to force a USB disk to format?

I can't seem to get my USB drive to format anymore or be recognized by the file system (including gparted). How do I just wipe the whole thing and start over!? dmesg [ 5036.408102] usb 2-3: new ...
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How to auto-sync a USB thumb drive with folders on the PC?

In my job we are not guaranteed to keep using the same computer forever. Also, I need to keep the files at arm's reach when traveling. This is screaming a "cloud" solution, but here in Brazil mobile ...
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“White-listing” USB drives in antivirus?

I was just reading some antivirus manuals and came across a mention that the antivirus will block all read/write access to removable media except for white-listed drives. Can somebody explain to me ...
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USB flash drive is not detected in Ubuntu 12.04

I have 15GB Kingston flash drive. It is not detected in Ubuntu 12.04 and remains hung up in Windows too. sudo fdisk -l output: WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The ...
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Fixing a pendrive that suffered a dog bite

A dog bit my pendrive and after that I can no longer mount the drive in Linux (Debian-based distro). I can see the light on the drive blinking and the drive is registered via USB. Is this due to a ...
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Unable to format and use flash drive

A long time ago I had to use a flash drive to recover a Chromebook, a tool from Samsung/Google formatted the flash drive with the needed Chrome OS. Now that I need the flash drive for something else, ...
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Why is USB stick discouraged as boot medium for openmediavault

I have read at http://wiki.openmediavault.org/index.php?title=Installation that USB sticks are not recommended as boot devices. I thought that such a systems are optimized to limit system disk ...
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How to format and re-use a locked down thumb drive?

I recently went to an IT conference where the company Veeam was giving away free plastic cards that had a detachable thumb drive. When I plugged the thumb drive into my Windows 7 computer, Windows ...
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Accessing USB from my VM in Hyper-V

I've got a Windows Server 2012 box running and today I installed Ubuntu. But from Ubuntu I need access to the USB key I physically inserted in to the Win2k12 server, how can I do this? My Google ...
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Virus changed some folders and files' extensions to .exe

A virus changed all folders and some of files on my USB flash drive to .exe files. I scanned the flash drive with USB Disk Security and scanned my computer with Microsoft Security Essentials, deleting ...
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Can a windows virus downloaded in linux be transferred to windows? [duplicate]

I know that linux is mostly safe from viruses, however: if you do download a windows virus (i.e., through a drive-by download), will it just sit there on your computer, and take up space? Is it unable ...
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Deploy Pfsense to make a cheap AirPort Extreme

i was wondering if Pfsense could be deployed on a cheap old system to make a poor mans Airport Extreme (apple's router+ usb drive share + printer share) ?? AirPort Extreme besides being a router can ...
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unable to boot from USB flash drive (kubuntu 12.04.3 LTS)

I've downloaded kubuntu 12.04.3 LTS .iso and tried to install it on a flash drive to install the system on my hard drive. I've tried to use usb-creator-kde 3 times and unetbootin once and each time ...
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Problems in detecting pendrive

I have this problems when I insert my pendrive. It is very slow in detecting it (3.0 and 2.0 port). I'm using uBuntu 12.04.3 x64. It requires me to wait for minutes to finally detect it. Is there any ...
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Is it possible to lock/protect a USB drive's name?

Info: I am running windows 7 home Premium I have a usb drive that I use a lot to share files between people I with whom I have a professional relationship with, like when sharing a in-work paper with ...
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If I align a partition to 24MiB then is it also aligned to any divider of this size?

Let's assume that I want to begin my partitions with an offset on flash drives because of: Although it is usually possible to write single pages, the data cannot be *over*written without being ...
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Windows 7 installs “NA NA USB DEVICE” driver for SanDisk Cruzer flash drive

I have a SanDisk Cruzer 16Gb USB flash drive that I have successfully used on both a Windows 8 and Windows 7 computer earlier today. I have now attempted to use it on another Windows 7 computer and ...
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How does Windows tell if a drive plugged into a PC is a hard disk drive, a solid state drive or a flash disk drive?

I know that this may be a stupid question, but can someone explain technically on how Windows identify the type of drive plugged into a computer? Edit: I'm asking this question because I'm about to ...
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Optimal file format for USB3 memory [duplicate]

Which is the best choice and why for formatting a USB3 memory stick? FAT32 was the out of the box, but the file size limit is a to small. FAT32 NTFS exFAT Size, speed and stability are good ...
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After a pen-drive was corrupted, other pen-drives are also not working

Let me explain what happened. I was creating bootable usb for Windows 8.1 preview using cmd. And I'm sure all commands were typed perfectly. In the end while copying using xcopy command, some error ...
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How to format pendrive from fat32 to ext3 in windows7?

I am trying to make a live USB of OPHCRACK, and I tried to boot from a fat32 pendrive. But after making a live USB, it wouldn't boot. After searching awhile, I came to understand that ophcrack will ...
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Small bootable flash drive for Mac

I'd like to boot from a flash drive containing some disk management utilities, like disk partitioning on a mac (MacBook Pro). All the instructions I've seen require an OSX installation disk with a >= ...
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Is ECC mandatory in SSD technology?

While shopping for an SSD I have noticed that some manufacturers promote their "Pro" models as the ones sporting ECC data protection. Those manufacturers do not mention ECC in their budget models ...
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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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My USB bootable thumb drive, no longer boots on a single particular computer on which it previously worked

I created a bootable drive, booting CrunchBang, about 2 months ago. About a month ago, I booted into it on another laptop. After shutting down, I have been unable to get it to boot on my own laptop, ...
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Format flash drive without partitions

I'm trying to format a flash drive with a FAT partition to use in my car stereo, but running into a small problem. I've tried making it all one big FAT 16 partition, and the stereo won't accept it. ...
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Pendrive without any partitions on it

I got a pendrive with only partition table on it (lsblk outputs /dev/sdc, but not /dev/sdc1). Is it fully safe just to create partition on it and format it?
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“System volume folder” always appearing in USB storage stick

Whenever I move or copy video files from the PC (Windows 8.1) to my USB storage device and plug it into my TV, I always see a system volume folder on the USB device. This folder can be seen on the PC ...
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Recommended Settings To Format USB Sticks

I have always formatted USB sticks (aka flash or jump drives) to the default settings that Windows suggests. Do these settings provide the best performance? Under what situations should they be ...
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How to make OS X Mavericks Bootable USB flash drive

i'm trying to make a bootable OS X Mavericks USB flash drive but cannot run the script. Visit this link: ...
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Windows 8 To Go drive BSOD'd in the middle of writing something to disk. Computer won't recognize drive

Here's the setup: Dell Precision M4700 laptop Windows 8 To Go installed on a week-old Patriot Tab 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive Laptop natively runs Windows 7 Professional From Windows 7, flash drive was ...
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Burning DVD's to Micro SD card on Win 7:

I am running Windows 7 with WMP. I have DVD's I want convert to MP4's so I can view them on a mobile device. The mobile device uses Micro SD cards. I cannot seem to get WMP to burn directly to the ...
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USB Flash drive issues

I've searched online but can't get an answer. Must be how I'm asking the question in the search bar. I've found that when making a bootable USB stick that some sticks will work without issue and ...
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How to remove write protection from sandisk cruzer switch pen drive?

I have a sandisk cruzer switch pendrive. It is write protected. I want remove that write protection. I did Google very much i am not getting how to remove it. I tried on mac also but it didn't worked ...
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Is there a way to enforce shuffling / randomizing of mp3s on a usb stick, without of shuffle support from the playing device?

I have a sonivox speaker for travelling... it can read USB sticks and memory cards. But: Whenever I enter the USB stick, it will always start with the same song. Changing a song takes about 4 seconds. ...
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USB Flash Drive For Long-Term Storage Of Data [duplicate]

Is it a good idea to store the archives on a USB Flash Drive for at least 5 years? Will data be removed with the passage of time? Use Case:- I'll keep adding data in the USB with the passage of ...
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USB 3.0 Flash Drive slower than USB 2.0

I have just bought a USB Stick (Flash Drive) from Philips. 32GB USB 3.0. I had some other problems with my USB 3.0 Installation but now this is resovled. My USB 3.0 hub is now a 7 Port USB 3.0 Metall ...
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A computer that fails to boot if certain USB devices are plugged in

I don't have an active problem with this but I am curious. Over time, my repair work has lead me to experience many instances (repeatable and reliable ones) where a computer (desktop, laptop, every ...
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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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Canot format MicroSD. File system is read-only

I formatted it for my special needs some time ago using fdisk. Don't remember the partition table, but there was 1 fat32 and 1 ext4 partition. Now I want to format it fat32 clean, but I get the ...
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Can I charge my nexus 4 with a USB port meant for pendrive in my car using an FM transmitter accessory(it has a USB port for pendrive) [closed]

My point is Nexus 4 needs 2.2 Amp for charging properly however the unrated USB port on FM transmitter will not be providing that much current as it is meant for a pen drive. When I connect it to my ...
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How can I access the contents of a lock-out password-protected USB flash drive?

I have a password protected Cruzer U3 flash drive. When trying to access the data contained on this drive, I typed the password incorrectly, and it is no longer prompting me for a password. I cannot ...
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Broken USB disk

Somehow my USB flash drive is broken. When I plug it into my Windows 7 PC it appears in Windows Explorer, but I cannot format/access it; I get the "insert disk" message every time I try to ...
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VirtualBox VM's on a USB?

I need to use several different VM's, using Oracle VirtualBox. Unfortunately, my laptop has a 100Gb SSD, so I was thinking of hosting them on an external USB flash drive. My question is, would a USB ...
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Which is best for ReadyBoost? SD card or USB?

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.
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Files on pendrive can be accessed by searching on pendrive, not visible normally

I used to open my NTFS File System pendrive on Windows 7. When I opened it on Windows XP, it opened a folder with a autorun file, this autorun file brought me to the content of my drive. The same ...
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Windows 7 not working after fresh install

I am configuring an old laptop to give to a friend (ThinkPad E420) and recently bought an SSD and Windows 7 Home Premium OEM DVD to install. The actual installation worked fine, but when it started ...
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16GB SanDisk USB drive became 2x64MB

I used a SanDisk Cruzer Contour 16GB USB 2.0 drive for almost 5 years, but one day it just turned into two 64MB drives. Windows even recognize two separate devices Tried formatting, messing with ...
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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 ...