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

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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) ...
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Trick Windows 7 into downloading a repair disk without an optical drive

I have, over time, encountered numerous problems which have caused me to repair/restore Windows 7. I don't have an optical drive installed on my system which causes me various issues including not ...
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Can't install Windows 10 on desktop PC: “We couldn't create a new partition”

I can't install Windows 10 (or 7) on my desktop PC and keep seeing the error: We couldn't create a new partition I had my Windows 7 (not licensed, but activated) for a very long time, and ...
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Eject USB drive using the explorer

When I right click a drive in the This PC view which is associated with an SD card I have the option in the context menu to eject it. If it is associated with a USB flash drive this option doesn't ...
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How to clear current “read-only” state on a USB flash drive I setup with Rufus?

Three weeks ago I used Rufus 2.2 to install Windows 10 on my machine, and it has write-protected my flash drive. I’ve tried diskpart: diskpart att disk clear readonly clean create partition primary ...
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USB flash drive connects randomly / only sometimes

So this problem keeps reoccurring even on new flash drives, and I can't stand it. I have some usb flash drives, and whenever I try to connect them to my laptop (triple boot, so no OS specific), I have ...
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SanDisk 32GB Flash Drive now a 14MB Flash drive [duplicate]

I have a 32GB Sandisk Cruzer Flash drive when I connected it to my PC it read 14MB. What went wrong and How can I fix it?
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My pendrive is not showing

I an making my pen drive bootable but I suddenly eject it. Till now it is not anymore normally showing. However it is visible in disk management. With some help I make it visible to the GPT, ...
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Media is Write Protected [duplicate]

I have sandisk 16 GB pendrive when fromat its shows an error media is wrtie protected.I search many tool & ways & trick but fail to fix this issue. Please if any one have solution please help ...
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Writing to flash drive becomes very slow after 10% completion

I have a new 32GB Kingston flash drive. When writing files the transfer speed reduces to 1-3MBps after copying approx 10% of data, while the initial transfer speed was 50MBps+. Sometimes it retains ...
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Why I cant access my flash drive even though I try to format but still show that it might be protected

I have a new flash drive with some of my important files inside. I try to copy some files from another laptop and than suddenly all the data inside my flash drive were all gone. When I insert it back ...
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Install of Windows 10 loops when installing from USB Drive

I have a system running Ubuntu. I am trying to get rid of Ubuntu and put Windows 10 on the system. I have a USB created with a 64-bit version of the Media Creation Tool. At a certain stage in the ...
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Free space in a USB flash drive

after i erase a 8GB USB flash drive in FAT 32 format I try to save the drivers with the Bootcamp assistant. I get the message: there is only 2.8 GB space in the Disk and you need 3.2 GB
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USB-problems - NAND + IC

I've got a very important USB holding very important things, that I'd need to save at any cost really. I've figured out, that the NAND isn't responding with the IC Controller. The USB always worked ...
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Is pendrive durability data available? [closed]

I intend to run a Linux and a database application from pendrive. The current MLC pendrives, like Sandisk Cruzer Extreme or Kingston HyperX are good in I/O speeds, but I am wondering whether they are ...
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Does a running Linux write on the SD card it was booting from?

I intend to install a consoled Linux on an SD card. The small computer it will run on, have 128MB memory. There will be a database server and a HTTP server installed, but the data files will be on an ...
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Windows 10 Media Creation Tool “We can't find a USB flash drive”

I am running Windows 8.1 and am trying to download Windows 10 for installation on another machine. I have a brand new 4GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB drive that has been formatted. In the Media Creation ...
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Screwy USB - is this even fixable

I attempted to create a bootable USB drive with Kali Linux or Tails (not sure which). An error occurred during the process of flashing the drive, and I saw an icon saying the USB had malfunctioned. ...
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What data storage solution to choose HDD vs SSD vs Pendrive for an event storage? [closed]

I intend to buy a PogoPlug for a small server. I want to install Debian or Arch on it and I will use it for sharing and backing up photos between computers and as a HTTP server or/and event storages ...
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Windows 10 To Go still requires “fixed” drive?

More details: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/windows-10-to-go-still-required-fixed-drive.378528/ Unfortunately, TechNet was of no help either: ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installation USB not recognized when boot from UEFI

My HDD is GPT disk. I installed Windows 8.2 before, now I make an Ubuntu installation USB by Universal USB Installer, in BIOS boot menu (I set is to UEFI boot before), I can't see my Boot USB in UEFI ...
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Booting Fedora22 from a non live usb drive

I am trying to install fedora on a flash drive and then boot off of it from a pc that is not especially accessible. I tried setting every thing to by label to get past the uuid issue. I got it to ...
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VirtualBox: USB device is busy with the previous request

I want to use my pendrive on Arch Linux that is currently on VirtualBox. My host system is Windows 10. I've already added a USB device filter, but Arch doesn't see any USB disk. When I try to connect ...
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How to fully erase promotional USB stick Autorun partition

I have a 2GB USB stick from a free promotional giveaway. It has a second "partition" with Autorun for advertising every time I insert it in a computer. I know I can disable autorun, but how can I ...
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Can I use WD My Passport locked drive to boot directly as USB drive?

My question is regarding WD My Passport Ultra 2GB. I have locked my drive with secure password. But Can I use that drive to boot my laptop directly from USB port ? My Lenovo Thinkpad E440 laptop ...
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Unable to boot Kali Linux 1.1.0 using a bootable pendrive

I have made a USB livestick for Kali 1.1.0 with Win32DiskImager and tried to boot it in Windows 8.1. When I came to the boot order menu my USB was recognized as an EFI-device, but when I tried to run ...
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How to install rooted bluestacks in Pendrive?

I was using rooted bluestacks without any problem in my laptop [Windows 7] before it gone bad. Now I use alot of things using pendrive in portable manner. Can I install rooted bluestacks in Pendrive ...
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Asus 501JW computer wont start

I have an ASUS ROG 501JW, I put it to sleep and after trying to wake it up, the ASUStek application said it was erasing everything from the flash drive, panicking at the imminent loss of information, ...
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Unzipping from Flash Drive and Drive Wear

If I have a zip file on a thumb flash drive and I want to unzip it to hard disk, is there any write activity on the flash drive, or is it reading only? Because if there is any writing, I would want ...
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How come monitoring the status of a write to USB isn't reliable?

I write ISO files to USB thumb drives a lot, and I'm trying to find a way to monitor the status of a write. Googling this, I have found a bunch of solutions, including pv, dcfldd and the USR1 signal ...