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 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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Why flash drive has different capacity when formatted using FAT32 and NTFS?

I have a HP flash drive with 8 GB capacity. Recently I tried to copy a file larger than 4 GB to it(when the flash drive was empty) and got an error(saying something like "cannot copy, insert another ...
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Cost per GB of different Flash media [closed]

So I'm looking at getting a new laptop, and I don't think an SSD would be worth the expense, but I thought that using ReadyBoost with some Flash memory permanently jammed in the laptop's memory slot ...
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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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Windows 8: How much bad blocks are there in USB flash drive?

I have a USB flash drive. After using it for a year or so some blocks became unreadable. I formatted the drive in order these blocks to be marked as bad ones: Was they really marked and excluded ...
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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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USB flash drive cannot be read only on a specific computer

I have a SanDisk Cruzer 32gb flash drive that cannot be read only on a specific computer due to some unknown reason. Do note that all my other flash drives are working fine on this computer. Here's my ...
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Mystifying USB Mass Storage Device Issue (Code 38)

Environment 4 computers: Desktop A, Desktop B, Laptop A, Laptop B Software (same across all computers): Office 2013, Sage 50 Simply Accounting, Sage Act CRM, Adobe XI Reader, FortiClient 5.x, Meraki ...
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I want to use a USB stick as a harddrive - hardware questions

I installed the latest Ubuntu OS on a USB stick and I'm having some (expected?) lags. Updating packages takes hours, but I can live with that. But the general response time is pretty bad. For instance ...
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opening a GUID usb stick in windows 7

so I have a mac which I have files on. I put in a GUID formatted usb stick and dropped some files on to it. took the stick and plugged in to my netbook with win7. In Devices & Printers it shows ...
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How can I wipe a flash drive from Linux?

I recently used a flash drive to try MeeGo on my netbook. Unfortunately, the application I used to write MeeGo to the flash drive created a new partition in a rather unusual format. The Ubuntu disk ...
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Is the below list complete for installing Debian?

Is the below list complete for installing Debian? I just pick them from long list. debian-live-7.6.0-i386-kde-desktop.iso debian-live-7.6.0-i386-kde-desktop.iso.contents ...
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Folder only seen with unticking “Hide Protected Operating System files”?

I got an external flash drive, plug into my school's lab for use, and came back noticing all my folders have gone missing! The space shown taken is still the same, then i played around with all Folder ...
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How can I use a flash drive to increase my virtual memory?

My computer has 8gb of physical memory. I'm running some memory intensive processes that quickly eat up that 8gb. When the physical memory runs out, it starts using the virtual memory and I see ...
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How to correctly partition usb flash drive and which filesystem to choose considering wear leveling?

Two problems. First one: how to partition the flash drive? I shouldn't need to do this, but I'm no longer sure if my partition is properly aligned since I was forced to delete and create a new ...
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How to boot Toshiba Portege M200 from image with no CD drive

My Toshiba Portege M200 has no CD drive, and I would like to boot to Acronis to reload from an image that I created. I don't know how else to get the OS and all the drivers loaded. It doesn't seem ...
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Windows 7 UFD not responding after hard ejection

On a specific Windows 7 installation, I've got a USB flash drive that was removed while writing to it and since then on that specific machine the OS will not recognize it. When I plug it in, it take ...
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USB drive errors after airport scan

I just got a new PNY usb drive and it passed through an airport scanner yesterday. For some reason, I wrote to it and then tried to read from it today, and it gave me a corrupted error! chkdsk ...
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Network info when copying files from USB drives

When I copy files from USB flashdrive to another USB flashdrive file using a PC linked to a local network, is the network owner able to check/view the content of the files in transit? Particular ...
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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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Can flash memory be physically damaged if power is interrupted while writing?

If data is actively being written to a flash memory device, can a memory cell (or perhaps the entire memory device) be physically damaged if power is removed, or will data simply be corrupted? Can ...
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Permanently delete files from a flash drive

I heard some people mention that files are deleted from flash drive for good, there is no tracing back. Is that really true? If not, how do I permanently delete files from it? I have a sensitive ...
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Could individual files on a USB flash drive be deleted or damaged due to physical drop?

My flash drive fell from my pocket. It appears to still be working normally. Is it possible for one of the files to be deleted, corrupted or damaged due to the fall?
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Windows 8 pagefile on usb FLASH

Not duplicate :) Windows 8 hides usb flash drives in the list of virtual memory drive list. The picture taken when I installed 2 usb flash drives but they are not in the list. Any body knows the ...
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How can I low level format a USB drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to completely reformat an USB stick? How can I low level format a 16GB USB drive? I've already confirmed it has bad sectors, so I reckon a low ...
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Is it possible to boot from a USB flash drive on a Toshiba Tecra A2?

Is it possible to boot a Toshiba Tecra A2 from a USB flash drive? BIOS shows no boot option for USB. I haven't yet found any way to do it, but I might be missing some option.
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Files names in pen drive turned into gibberish text

Recently my uncle gave me his memory card from his phone telling me something is wrong with it.When i tried to check the contents of memory card this is what i found(take a look at screenshot). I ...
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Can't install Windows through USB drive on Fujitsu Stylistic Q550

I own a Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 and I recently installed Windows 8 on it. All was well till I got over-hyped and installed the updated BIOS version from the Fujitsu drivers. The BIOS update was ...
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Windows 7 will not automount (assign a letter) a flash drive, behaves really strange

I have a SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4gb that I use often. Today, after using it to install ubuntu on another pc and plugging it to my main computer, windows 7 refuses to mount it (IE the drive does not ...
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Unable To Format Infected Pendrive Write Protected

My 16 GB HP pendrive is write protected ( we didn't do it! ) by some trojan/virus that infected in it. My McAfee AV is detecting the trojan but can't do anything about it since the pen drive is write ...
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How to find my USB erasure block size and page size

I want to know my USB erasure block size and page size for partioning the pen drive for an Arch Linux installation. I've tried flashbench but I can't understand the output (numbers are mostly the ...
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Why does the transfer rate of my USB 3.0 flash drive drops after a few seconds of copying?

I've just bought a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 64GB flash drive. The spec says that the drive's max read speed is 80Mb/s. I only have a USB 2.0 port, and I've made these tests: Writing a 4GB file on the ...
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Where do I get a recovery media for WHS 2011?

Where do I get a recovery disk for the client to restore from a WHS 2011 backup? Current Solution: Now I've found my recovery disk (CD). I made the following observations: My CD drive seems to be ...
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Missing space on Flash drive (USB) - Can't reformat it also

I have a flash drive which is given as a freebie. I don't know who manufactured it. It got infected by a virus. I am trying to reformat it but I am always receiving a "Windows was unable to complete ...
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Bootable flash drive meant to boot Windows 7 boots Linux Mint 15

I am running Linux Mint 15 and I want to switch to Windows 7. I tried to make a bootable SD card, but something is wrong. I downloaded Windows 7, right-clicked the .iso file -> "make bootable USB ...
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Split a USB into partitions [duplicate]

Not sure if this is even possible but... Is it possible to partition a USB drive so I can have a partition for a Live install of Linux and then a partition for storing files on?
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How can I keep Windows 8 from mounting flash drives as local disks?

New flash drives that are Windows 8 compatible will mount the devices as local disks when inserted. I need for them to be seen as "removable". My older USB sticks work fine but I need bigger sizes ...
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RS232-> convert to usb format and store to jump drive or other usb connected memory

I work with older (pre1997) machine tools. They use a RS232 port to transfer data to and from the machine. I would like to convert these serial signals into a USB format and store them on a jump ...
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Dual Bootable OS in single Flash drive?

I want to use Ubuntu as well as Windows using 1 flash drive. (32GB) Is it possible? I mean it should show both Ubuntu as well as Windows.
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Is it worth installing applications to removable flash media on Windows 7?

Without the funds to buy a SSD for my soon to arrive laptop, and the knowledge that Visual Studio 2010 can be quite slow at times on a normal hard disk, I was trying to come up with possible solutions ...
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Optimal Environment for Secondary Storage [closed]

What's the best temperature/light/humidity exposure for secondary storage (USB/Flash Drives/SSDs), to mitigate the probability of data loss over time? I'm using SD cards to backup data and would ...
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How to boot encrypted drive

i have a laptop installed with endpoint security disk encryption. I create a live usb to boot linux, but it doesn't work. Is there a way to boot a usb thumb drive from an encrypted disk? do i need to ...
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Unable to open any folder on my pendrive in Windows

I have 8 GB pendrive of HP. Maybe I've deleted one file from this pendrive. But now, when I try to open any folder from my pendrive, I get: Windows cannot find 'F:\RECYCLER\117f31f.exe'. Make ...
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My thumb drive became corrupted and reads RAW now can I recover info

Inserting a thumbdrive i have been using for the past year - I get an alert that the drive is not formatted and is requesting to format the thumb drive. I did a recovery run and it showed up as RAW. i ...
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Bootable USB Drive between home and school

I have a stationary computer at home. I have stationary computers at school. Often times I do work on the computers in school, the only problem is: I don't have my files and downloading from dropbox ...
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Using UDF on a USB flash drive

After failing to copy a file bigger than 4G to my 8G USB flash drive, I formatted it as ext3. While this is working fine for me so far, it will cause problems if I want to use it to copy files to ...
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I have a bunch of CHK files on my USB Drive that used to be my stories that I saved on there. How do I get them back?

Ok, so I am not sure why, but my USB flash drive isn't showing all of my stories that I typed and saved. It might be because I removed the USB flash drive without ejecting it safely. All of the ...
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How to create multiboot flash drive

I've found a guide here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multiple-iso-from-usb-multiboot-usb/ And found this menu.lst in my flash drive, which seems to be the one that I'm seeing when I boot using ...
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Transcend USB flash drive not recognized

My USB flash drive is not recognized by my computer. I have tried it on an Ubuntu and Mac machine. In Ubuntu, I did the lsusb command but it does not show up. I was in the process of fixing ...
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Low level table creation on a USB memory stick

I have been scammed by a USB stick supplier. The file table is incorrectly set up to show the size you think you purchased. When you try to write to the device, it seems to work as the directory shows ...