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 functioning after interrupted file transfer

I have a 16GB Toshiba USB flash drive that stopped functioning correctly after an interrupted file transfer (took it out while it was transferring files on a Windows machine). Windows recognizes the ...
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In windows 8.1 How to stop an application from killing other applications?

I have a distant learning course for an entrance exam. They've provided me a pendrive which has all the course material videos etc. It can be accessed only after I install the software that comes ...
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Slow file transfer speeds

I was moving a file about 180 Megabytes from my external hard drive (7500 rpm, 1 TB) to my 8GB flash drive. It was moving at about 20-40 Megabytes per second when the speed started to drop down to 2 ...
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Usb ports to be closed to prevent infected storages from infect my network

I have 6 pcs connected together with maping network some users use infected mass storage and if one pc get infection all others will be so How can i close usb ports in Windows xp and seven to prevent ...
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Cant Choose USB Boot From BIOS/UEFI

I have Philips 32 GB flashdisc. (FM32FD75B/97) When i enter boot options, i cannot see my device. I tried it with 1 desktop and 2 laptops and result is same. I also used Rufus/Unetbootin and Ubuntu ...
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How to disable/enable usb port without software?

My PC got crashed 2 times due to friends USBs . I want to disable the USB port so that they can't connect their USBs to my PC.I did found some softwares but I want to do it without software. If there ...
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I'm using a partitioning tool to run my computer, it has a linux os on it and for some reason it won't read my USB

Recently my computer died on me, I have been trying everything to fix it. it will not read my HDD, I've tried multiple Hard drives none work. I came across this paritioning tool called PartedMagic, it ...
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invalid BS_jmpBoot in boot block 440000

I have a 16 gig SanDisk Cruzer Glide flashdrive that is broken. When I try to plug it in to my iMac, I get "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." I click initialize or ignore, and ...
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Are there any disadvantages to fully formatting (as opposed to quickly formatting) a flash drive, other than time?

I'm running Windows 7. This comment on this question suggests that a full format could be bad for the device lifetime, but in reasonable, noticeable (not just theoretical) terms, is this true? In ...
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Used space on an “empty,” formatted flash drive

I recently purchased a SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 16GB USB 2.0 flash drive. The flash drive was formatted as FAT32 from the package. I will need to store files that are larger than 4GB on this flash drive, ...
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I can't find flash memory in Disk Utility

I installed VMWare Workstaion 12 on Windows 8.1 ,I created Mac OS X 10.8 on the VMWare ,now I pluging a USB flash drive and vmware can recognize that but I can't find that in Disk Utility on Mac OSX.I ...
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write protected pendrive hack

I have been doing some research to make a custom pendrive for client, it has two physical memory inside, one is meant to be loaded with data and can not be: delete, modify, write, format; while the ...
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USB drive is not found in devices and in disk utility [duplicate]

I have a transcend USB drive. I copied data and unmounted USB. But after removing it, it was not found again in my Mac as well as in windows. In windows, it shows "No Media". Any idea how to repair it?...
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can't recover my files in my thumbdrive

I got a thumbdrive brand Kingston model DT101 G2 with capacity 32 GB. The problem is when I copy files from my computer to this thumbdrive, it seems I can't reopen it (files) at another computer when ...
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Weird directory called Future

I've just found a folder on an 8 GB flash stick with some weird stuff going on. The folder is called Future and, according to Properties, it's 71.6 GB. Most of the items in it are dated in the future –...
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Copy protect video content on USB

I'm trying to copy protect video content on USB. My main idea is to put the files on a separate partition as encrypted raw data, then read the data from software that sits in the normal ...
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Can you fix a bent/broken USB thumb drive?

My USB stick broke from me bending it. It's a Toshiba TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drive 32GB - Red, which is a FAT32. When I opened it up and looked at the PCB, one of the 5 connectors on the PCB ...
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What's faster: A USB2.0 flash drive or a SD card

I was asking myself which which has the higher read/write speeds: A USB2.0 flash drive or a SD card. Concerning the USB2.0 flash drives, I found that they have a maximal read/write speed of 30MB/s. ...
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USB flash drive stopped working

USB flash drive not mounting either in GNU/Linux or Windows. Gparted not identifing df -l do not list HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool not identifing lsusb shows the following: Bus 003 Device 009: ...
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Flash drive .docx disappeared [duplicate]

it starts here Flash drive .docx disappeared files I have tried Jesús Hagiwara and Kilisi answers, and nothing work Microsoft Windows [version 6.1.7601] Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft ...
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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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How to format a USB flash drive which was used as a Linux installer? [duplicate]

I have a USB flash drive which I once used to install Linux, by writing a bootable installer image onto it. Now I would like to use it for data storage again. However, Windows sees it only as a flash ...
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Having trouble with kali linux encrypted persistence on usb drive

I recently burned a kali iso image on my usb stick (via my windows desktop, since i'm still kind of a newbie with linux). I wanted to make my kali work with persistence, and i really want it to be ...
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USB Stick Drive Losing Format

I have just purchased a new 64GB USB stick drive. It came formatted as FAT32, and I reformatted with Windows 10 as exFAT. It keeps losing the format, though. The process which I've followed several ...
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Can an internal SSD be used as a removable storage device?

I have a Sandisk SSD drive that I bought for about $70 but decided to not install it in my PC. So I guess my question is, can I use it essentially as a thumb drive?
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Pendrive speed goes down to 10kbps from 20-25 Mbps

I have sony vaio pendrive and its speed is getting too slow.No problem with the operating system. Maybe the problem is with the file system. Please help me to sort this out. Thank you.
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How do I install Windows XP on a USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Please read this carefully. I want to actually run the OS from the USB,thus install it on it, not to copy the setup files to it. I have done some research on this, but doesn't help. I have an XP .iso ...
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It takes a *very* long time to eject my flashdrives

I am running a fresh install on Debian 8, and I often have to wait a ridiculous time before my flashdrives get ejected (ranging from 1 to 10.. 15 minutes). During this time, I can't access anything ...
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is my USB flash device dead?

I have HP v155w 16 GB pendrive. My pendrive is getting detected under devices and printers section. I can see usb drive component there. But it is not getting mounted. I checked disk management and ...
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What is it like when an SSD gets old or near death?

When a hard disk is aged and near death, I've experienced unusual noises or intermittent operating system booting or utter failure to boot. In my experience when a hard disk is having problems death ...
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Create Windows 10 install USB with Boot Camp Assistant

I cannot create a Windows 10 install USB from OSX. I only get Windows 7 as an option in the Bootcamp USB wizard and it fails to boot from the USB when I try it. The ISO is downloaded from Microsoft ...
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See a drive's default letter assignment

A drive is not always assigned the same letter. For example, in case of multiple concurrently connected flash drives, a flash drive's assigned letter will depend on the order that they were connected. ...
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How does a shortcut work on a flash drive when the drive letter may change?

If a flash drive contains a shortcut to another file on the drive - how does it still point to the same file if the drive letter changes? e.g. the path was D:/abc/def.txt and now it's E:/abc/def.txt. ...
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Error formatting pendrive

I have a Sony pendrive. When it is plugged in to a computer it shows the correct details of the pendrive - used and free space. If I format or just open that pendrive and just delete some files I ...
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Recovering data from USB flash drive that has been formatted to Mac HFS format from FAT

I have accidentally formatted a USB stick (8gb previously formatted as Fat) to a mac HFS format. Is there any way to recover the data that was lost? The stick was disconnected immediately after ...
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Can reformatting of a USB flash drive degrade transfer speed?

I’ve recently bought a SanDisk Cruzer Force USB flash drive and started using it as a mobile flash drive. Now I didn’t check the transfer speed at first, so I don’t have any reference, but anyway a ...
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Windows Explorer Thumbs Folder

I support an application that creates several folders, which the users copy to portable SSDs at the end of each session. The folder structure contains directories called "Photos","Orders" and .. "...
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How can I browse an untrusted USB flash drive safely?

Say I have a USB flash drive I found lying on the ground. I want to see if it has any information that could help me return it to its owner, but I live in an urban society. It could easily contain ...
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How can I remove USB flash drive write protection?

I have tried Diskpart but its not working. I have also tried the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies but I cant find StorageDevicePolices
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How to calculate Over-Provisioning on an SSD - Which Method do you use?

QUESTION SUMMARY: Is overprovisioning based on a percentage of the original user accessible physical space availble (METHOD #1) OR is it based on unallocated space divided by allocated space (...
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Dual simultaneous USB flash drive between a PC and an embedded system?

I couldn’t decide which site to post this on, but figured this was the best fit. I’m trying to set up a testing environment for an embedded system running ChibiOS. This embedded system expects a USB ...
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What happened to my USB flash drive's files and can I prevent it to happen again?

I'm working on a windows 7 premium 64 bits computer. I own several USB flash drives. I've recently got a promotional one, when I plugged it on the computer the usual Windows popup that ask what you ...
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Install Adobe Air to Flash Drive

I've got an application on a flash drive that requires Adobe Air, and I would like to use it on computers at school, where I do not have administrator rights, therefore cannot install Adobe Air. I ...
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Make a USB flash drive readable but not copyable [duplicate]

I want to protect my USB flash drive in general so these files and directories are readable but not copyable so no one can make a copy of these files in my USB flash drive. Is that possible?
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Windows 7 boot error - nothing boots up

When I came to my computer it was with a BSOD. After I rebooted, Windows started showing that error message where you have to put the installation CD to fix it/boot. "Windows failed to start. A ...
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Why is my USB flash drive not working properly?

My Kingston 32GB USB flash drive is behaving weirdly. When I copy data to it like any Movies or Videos they play correctly. But after I eject it and reinsert it the data is corrupted. whole videos ...
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How to reduce I/O operations to a flash drive?

Background I often use different computers, and for that reason I like to aways keep with me a flash drive with my home directory, with my bash aliases and helpful functions, vimrc, Homebrew ...
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Format USB Drive

I have a USB Flash Drive. While formatting the drive with the Windows 7 it failed leaving the message which is: windows was unable to complete the format I can see the drive with the Windows ...
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USB stick cannot be formatted to F2FS

I have a 16GB USB stick which I want to format to f2fs. On Linux, the format command itself can succeed. However, if I try to copy files to that stick, I got IO error. However, I can not mount it. ...
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How to restore some USB pen drive files after fixing Lodbak.gen!lnk / autorun.gen infection?

I tried to have some business cards printed at a local print shop yesterday, who asked for the files on USB pen drive. Big mistake. I came away with an absurd heap of malware which (fortunately) ...