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

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My 8GB Toshiba USB drive became 4mb in size how can i restore it? [duplicate]

My 8gb USB drive just became 4mb. I already tried the diskpart method, bootice, HP USB Storage Format. But still the capacity still the same. Is there other way?
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How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive?

What's the best way of placing a bootable ISO on a USB drive? ISOs such as a live Linux preview disk, Windows installation ISO, etc.
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Create Windows USB Stick from DVD

I have a Win7 PC with a Windows 8.1 DVD in the drive and an ISO I made from that DVD on the hd. an empty pen drive of 8G an Ultrabook, on which to install Win 8.1 a 56k Modem connection no USB DVD ...
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Flipping the Removable Media bit — alternatives to BootIt? [closed]

There's a utility called the Lexar BootIt utility that flips the Removable Media Bit on certain USB flash drives. I want to flip the bit on my USB flash drive (it's supported) but really am not too ...
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How to remove write protection from USB stick

I have followed up the below process in cmd: DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly Disk attributes cleared successfully. Even if I do that it displays Read-only:yes: DISKPART> attributes ...
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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?

Can someone explain technically how Windows identify the type of drive plugged into a computer? I'm asking this question because I'm about to create a program that will only write data into a ...
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USB acting as USB and Disk drive

I have a flash drive that has some old install software on it that I want to format and use for personal use as a storage device instead. However, when I formatted it, it simply formatted a flash ...
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Why did NTFS-3G via Homebrew stop working?

I followed the directions here: NTFS-3G via Homebrew installation If you have [Homebrew][5], installing NTFS support is as easy as running the following in a terminal: brew install ntfs-3g ...
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Running Spinrite from a USB drive?

I need to use SpinRite on my notebook which has no CD-ROM. How can I install and run SpinRite from a USB thumbdrive? Such that I could boot the notebook up with a thumbdrive and start SpinRite. Are ...
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How to make a multiboot USB key?

I want to cut my 8 GB USB key into several partitions to use WinToFlash for a Windows XP (maybe nLited before). I also want to put the Framakey ubuntu-fr remix pack into it such that it has the ...
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Block device file exists but “No media found” error rises on access

I have problem with my USB flash drive: block device file appears in /dev (/dev/sdc) but when I try launch fdick, mount or event cat on it, "No media found" error rises root@nuclight:~# ls -l /dev | ...
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Long life storage devices [closed]

Which is the best storage device for long life(to preserve the data for more time)? Is it pen-drive or DVD or Hard disk? Or is it any other than these three? I also want to know why one is better ...
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Is my SONY USB flash drive dead?

I have a following problem: when I plug-in my USB flash drive, it isn't shown in Windows Explorer or recognized by system at all. In device properties, it is shown as: USB MEMORY BAR ...
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Is it possible to read sensitive data from a stick that was removed from the PC?

I have sensitive data on my personal pen drive, but the pen drive is read from a shared computer. Could anyone read my sensitive data on the drive after it's been removed from the computer? Are there ...
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How to convert exFAT to FAT32?

How to convert an exFAT-formatted USB flash drive to FAT32?
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USB Flash Drive Firmware [closed]

So I have been opening up my flash drive's device file and I have two questions. First, what is everything contained in the file? I know that the first 512 bytes are the boot manager, and that ...
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Unix BIOS/Boot Record on USB Flash Drive

I have been trying to learn a bit more about USB drives, and am curious about their MBRs. Essentially, I open up the device file of the USB drive and give a hex dump of the first 496 bytes of the ...
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Writing an image to a flash size resulted in loss of size

After i wrote Linux Mint LiveCD image to my 16GB flash, the drive's partition shrunk to 14.9GB. Formatting doesn't help and although Disk management shows that partition doesn't take the whole space ...
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Flash drive problems

I bought a what was supposed to be a 64 gb flash drive and I checked it out and I found out it was a 90 something gigabyte removable drive and it also has some weird files that can't be ...
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USB Flash Drive shows empty but definitely had non-hidden files

I have this 16 GB USb Flash Drive and I remember storing a lot of data in it. I used this several weeks later on my Windows PC and it fails to show any files on it. None were hidden and even so, my PC ...
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How do I fix a Memorex USB 8GB flash drive that shows 0 B available?

Memorex USB 8GB drive that shows 0 B available. I don't know if it's mechanically broken or something is wrong with it. Even disk part shows it as (See Disk 2) Any ideas? EDIT: The bios shows it ...
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USB stick appearing as hard disk drive, not removable storage device

I just plugged in a very simple 1GB USB stick from the office in hopes of making it a Fedora Live USB stick. For that to work, I need a removable storage device, or else it won't appear in LiveUSB ...
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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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USB mouse and keyboard stopped working after plugging in a flash drive

My friend needed to print something so I gave him my flash drive to transfer the files to me so that I could print them. As soon as he plugged the flash drive into his computer, his USB mouse and USB ...
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USB drive shows 'RAW': can't format and can't delete volume

I have an 8GB USB drive that shows up as 7.46GB RAW in Disk Management (it also says "Healty (Primary Partition)". I don't believe there is any physical damage to the device. When I right click the ...
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How do I print to a USB drive?

I don't own a printer. I want to print on-line documents such as coupons and airline tickets to a USB drive which I will then take to the Staples store for printing. I want to keep the bar codes ...
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My USB pendrive always goes read-only, what can I do?

I have a transcend 16 Gb usb pendrive. I save my daily works to it. I wrote a bash script to copy the contents of my working directories to the pendrive. The bash script contains only "cp" and "mkdir" ...
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USB Drive Format for Reading/Writing 4GB+ Files on OSX and Windows

I am trying to settle on a drive file format which is compatible with OSX and Windows for reading/writing 4GB+ files. Linux support would be a bonus. Using FAT is a no go since it does not support ...
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Booting OS X from flash-drive. Possible to install OS X on that flash-drive only?

I created an OS X flash drive. When booting from the flash-drive on my mac, it is the installation process. Can I install OS X on that flash drive (16GB) or does it have to install on my mac? I don't ...
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An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data

I have the Windows 7 installation media on a USB drive. I get the error "An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data" when I boot to it on an older computer. The drive ...
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Can anyone explain to me what happened to my flash drive?

I went to a library, copied some files from their computer (using Windows XP) to my flash drive (formatted to FAT16) and disconnected the drive using safely remove option. When I accessed the drive ...
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Pen-drive / USB-Drive not working after installing ubuntu in it

I put in ubuntu in pendrive and made pendrive bootable by unetbootin. Now the pendrive doesn't work anymore due to that, it is not opening, when I put in windows OS, it doesn't show its total space ...
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How to stop “Do you want to scan and fix drive” message in Windows 7?

I use my USB flash (thumb) drive quite often to move data between several computers (Macs and PCs.) When I plug in this flash drive into Windows 7 it shows this message: "Do you want to scan and ...
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Reclaiming an infected pen drive

My pen drive might be infected with virus/malware. I'm running Windows 7. I never stick it into an unsafe computer but this time I had to (because of some urgent work). I haven't inserted it into my ...
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what is the maximum Data storage allowed with flash drive?

I need a higher storage but light weighted (portability is more) .. so I prefer flash drive than external hard dist, so that I can carry them in my pocket, what would be the highest data storage ...
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USB connection issues with flash drives

Currently I'm facing an issue when I'm trying to connect any USB flash drive to my PC. I can connect USB keyboard and mouse without any issue. However when I connect USB flash drive, there are 2 ...
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USB Flash Drive folders not opening but a command exe.corrupt appears

Whenever i try to open the folders in my USB Flash Drive on my laptop with windows 8, it says EXE corrupted. How to open the folders?
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How Do I Enable Developer Mode on Chromium OS Build Running from a USB Stick?

I've been interested in Chromebooks and Chrome OS for a while. Upon learning about the existence of openly available PC-compatible builds of the OS via ArnoldTheBat, I'd figure I'd get a first-hand ...
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USB stick doesn't mount, but is detected. How to repair?

I have a USB stick plugged in my PC, which is running Windows 7. In 'Computer', it won't show up. In 'Disk Management' (diskmgmt.msc) it won't show up (but sometimes it will). But in 'Devices ...
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How to setup Windows to not put my external drive to sleep?

Every time I use some external device (pen-drive or external hdd) on my desktop, after some idle time my Windows 7 put it into sleep state, turning it off. Sometimes it sleeps and dont come back. ...
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Booting from UDF formatted USB flash drive

I would like to know if a UDF formatted USB flash drive can boot properly on any computer. Will it also work well under UEFI?
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Installed Ubuntu on usb drive, now it's read-only and can't be formatted

I installed Ubuntu (ubuntu-13.04-desktop-amd64) on a 8 gb pendrive. Because it worked pretty slow, I wanted to change it back to a normal pendrive. But this is what happened. Windows7 can't open the ...
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Where is target folder on USB booted Debian?

I need to fix some stuff on my debian sitting on my hard disk. So I booted from an USB, as it has its own ash shell. The file system is mounted to /target (so it says), but there is no folder called ...
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USB not correctly formatted

I have formatted a usb flash drive withs size of 2,5 GB and now it shows me that it's size is 8 MB. How can I fix it to be 2,5 GB again?
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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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Disable pendrive blinking in Linux

I recently bought a 16GB Super Talent pen drive that seems to work well for running the Ubuntu Live "CD" in persistent mode (see this for how I installed it). One slightly annoying thing, however, is ...
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Is flash storage affected by magnetic fields?

I have several SD cards and USB flash drives that are often laying around my work space. Do I have to be careful to keep magnets away from them? (This paranoia is showing my age - I remember needing ...
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Format USB thumb drive

I got the following drive: Device Identifier: disk1 Device Node: /dev/disk1 Part of Whole: disk1 Device / Media Name: SanDisk Firebird Media Volume Name: ...
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What are the prerequisites for a USB device so an OS can be booted from it?

I've been reading a bit about it, and although things are more clear to me now, I'm still in the dark about some details. What determines (apart from having a newer BIOS, the one that enables you to ...
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How to create multiple partitions on a USB pen drive

I would like to be able to create 2 partitions on my USB pen drive: 1 readonly (cdrom) partition, and 1 writable partition (FAT32). What I have tried so far with no success: Using /sbin/gparted on ...