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

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How to move existing Linux installation to USB flash drive and make it bootable?

Is there any possibility to move my already installed Ubuntu Linux to the USB flash drive and make it bootable. So that it would boot on the other machine? P.S. I have an installed Ubuntu Karmic ...
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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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USB flash drive showing “disk not formatted” error?

When I attempt to access the files of my USB flash drive after connect it to my PC running Windows 7, it shows format error saying that it is not formatted. Any way to fix this error?
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how to make a flash drive read-only on other computers

How do I make a USB flash drive or a flash drive partition so that it would be read-only and less vulnerable to malware? Maybe making the flash drive be treated as a CD on other computer so that its ...
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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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files in usb drive are not hidden but not showing

I copied some hidden files from another computer and when I open them in my computer I noticed that a folder is missing. But my computer shows that folder's space is taken. When I set to show hidden ...
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cannot find file on my usb flash drive

My USB flash drive doesn't working fine but I cannot find a video file on it (looks as a hidden file), the used space is 7 GB but when I select all files it's just 3 GB. What I tried is to show the ...
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Rufus says my USB drive has bad blocks, how do I fix it?

My USB drive have 256 bad blocks according to Rufus, and yes it does contain bad blocks since it always give corrupted error message when I try it to install Windows, but running chkdsk on this USB ...
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How to create USB flash “.bin” image in Linux without physical drive

I have some files in Linux, which I have to copy to multiple SD-cards in Windows periodically (not bootable, but with file permissions, filesystem ext3). Now the procedure is: I copy files to one ...
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USB-Sticks and multiple Partitions

I've got an USB-Stick with multiple Partitions on it (FAT32 (active), FAT32, Ext2 but that's another story) and it seems like that my Windows XP can only mount the first partition of the stick. If I ...
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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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How to fix a Corrupted USB

My USB stick has suddenly stopped working. It's a Busbi 4GB. My USB used to be G:/ but as soon as I plugged it in, I used to get a pop up box showing that it was plugged in. Now, when I plug this in, ...
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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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USB “condom” to allow USB storage, but protect from (hidden) keyboards and power spikes

There is plenty of evidence that you should not let other people connect their USB devices to your computer. But I would really like to allow untrusted people to attach a USB-storage device to my ...
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Speed difference between Portable HDD and USB Flash Drive?

I am considering purchasing one of the following for data backup purposes. In either case, they would be used with a USB 2 port on XP Home SP 3. Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive ...
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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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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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HP Pen drive not being detected in Windows after being made into bootable Ubuntu install drive

My HP250W 8gb USB pen drive is not detecting only on my Windows OS. But it is detecting on side-by-boot Ubuntu and also on other machines regardless of the OS. Other pen drives also detecting in my ...
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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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How to put Win PE on a USB Thumb drive?

How can I make a USB Thumb drive (32gb) into a bootable Win PE?
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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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check the physical health of a USB stick in Linux

How to check the health status of a USB stick? How do I know that a USB is broken beyand repair, or repairable?
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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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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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External SSD drive vs Flash drive (USB 3.0)

I was wondering about the reasoning behind introducing external SSD USB3.0 drives on the market. To me a USB3.0 128GB SSD drive is the larger sibling of a USB Flash key with same interface and size. ...
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Cannot make MHDD bootable from pendrive using windows 7

I downloaded an MHDD iso file and tried to make my USB bootable of the same using power ISO.But the mission failed.Why its not able to make the pen drive bootable?
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Computer reboots when I plug in a flash drive

I am working on a Compaq EVO 310 for my uncle. It is a 2.0GHZ P4 machine. I have done the following: Installed a 500GB HDD fresh install of WinXP Pro 32 bit installed all drivers from the compaq ...
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How to get back my remaining capacity of my 8GB pendrive?

A few weeks ago, I inserted my pendrive into my college's PC to transfer my assignments, but it was not working. It was corrupted and was asking to format. I couldn't even copy files, and was forced ...
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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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Create a Virtual USB disk drive and connect it to Virtual Box

I have created a virtual USB removable disk using imdisk http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html/ using commands http://diddy.boot-land.net/firadisk/files/imdisk.htm (eg. imdisk -a -s 2104515b -m R: -f ...
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Extremely slow USB transfer speed

I am using Windows 7 32-bit, and have a Transcend 8 GB USB 2.0 flash drive. I have formatted the drive to NTFS using the Windows format tool. The problem is that when moving or copying files to and ...
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Which programs are using my USB flash drive?

Sometimes when I follow the process to safely remove a USB flash drive, I get told that I can't remove the drive because some programs are using it. However I'm unable to tell which programs these ...
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Did I screw up my USB stick? And if not, how can I fix it?

Basically, I am doing various tests with Linux/BSD and USB booting at the moment. I had a live CD for a firewall that offered to partition a (hard) disk. I tried to use my flash drive for this - It ...
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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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Install Windows 7 from USB flash drive

I have an ISO image of the Windows 7 installation DVD, but I can't burn it to CD or DVD. I have an empty flash drive with plenty of space. Is there any way I can put the ISO image on it and install ...
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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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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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Cannot format USB flash drive, everything claims it's write protected

I have a 4GB HP USB flash drive that I had written a Chromium OS image to with Win32DiskImager. Now I am trying to reformat it but I can't. Everything tells me the disk is write protected. Being a USB ...
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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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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 ...
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Can't read the USB flash drive?

I have a Transcend 8GB usb flash drive. Suddenly stopped working this. When I put it in,my computer says it's there. It opens but when I try to put my files on it just says "could not find this item. ...
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Can frequent erasing of USB flash drives cause damage?

I have been told that frequently 'full erasing' memory sticks can damage them. Is this true? I work in a situation where the same sticks are re-used numerous times.
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Install Windows device driver without restart

After plugging in a USB flash drive just now and not having it appear in Computer, I found it's Generic Volume in Device Manager was reporting that Windows cannot load the device driver for this ...
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Move partitions from pen drive to unallocated space in hard drive

I have built and installed Chromium OS on a pen drive following the instructions on this page. I can boot into the pen drive and use Chromium OS as if it were installed on my computer, I'm able to ...
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Audio player corrupts USB stick: workaround?

Consumer radios, CD players, and car stereos often have a USB port, to play mp3's from a FAT32-formatted USB stick. However, some models don't just read files, they also corrupt files. How can such ...
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After formating a pen drive, the drive appears full of undeleatble garbage files

I'm trying to format a pendrive, under linux (Debian). I insert the pendrive and do not mount it. I log in as root and write: mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb This gets me the error: mkfs.vfat: Device ...