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

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Truecrypt Full Disk Encryption - Bootloader on USB stick/pendrive

I thought about way to hide that I'm using truecrypt on HDD, other than truecrypt built-in decoy-OS feature - it has lots of disadvantages. My idea is simple: Use full disk encryption on my system ...
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usb flash size decreased from 32 Gb to 5 Mb (after trying ubuntu) [duplicate]

I've used my 32 Gb USB flash to try ubuntu. Now I don't want ubuntu anymore so I formated my USB flash. But size of it now 5 Mb instead of 32 Gb (likely this is because ubuntu uses two partitions and ...
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USB Flash Drive is writeable but can't delete files

I have an external HDD, which can be powered by either using a Power Supply or the USB port itself. When I use the USB to connect directly to my computer, I can access the Filesystem, can Copy Files ...
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Read-only, encrypted flash drive [closed]

Is there any hardware or software way to make a flash drive encrypted and read-only? I want to give this flash drive to someone, have them be able to open and read files, but not able to copy the file ...
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How to boot from USB in Windows 8?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu along with Windows 8. I have copied the Ubuntu 64bit ISO in a USB Pendrive [aka USB Flash Drive] and now I'm trying to boot from there. In the BIOS, I select First Boot ...
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How can I log into a windows domain with a usb key

I would like to log into a windows domain (active directory) with a USB key without having to install a client on every workstation. My use case is for Elementary School kids who have issues typing ...
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How to make a virtual USB drive in Windows?

How can I make a virtual USB drive in Windows? Can it be done with DAEMON Tools or something like that? The reason is that I need the USB drive to use them instead of a physical USB. Sometimes I need ...
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Repair snapped USB flash drive

I have a USB Flash Drive that has had the USB connector snapped away from the circuit board. In the past I have had great sucess with soldering the connector back to the circuit board with 4 solid ...
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How can I get data off of a damaged thumb drive?

A guy I work with just came by to ask me about a damaged thumb drive/USB flash drive. Apparently his son dropped it on a hard surface and it won't power up anymore. They've tried plugging it into ...
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Did my apartment's electronic key fob fry my flash drive?

I had a great thumb drive on my keychain (a LaCie iAmAKey), right next to the electronic key fob I use to beep myself into my apartment. Recently it's given up the ghost, refusing to be recognized on ...
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USB flash drive suddenly stops working, file system cannot be determined

I have a Corsair Voyager Slider 16GB USB drive (USB 3.0) I was working using my USB yesterday and after a 30 minutes break I went back to continue and suddenly my USB stopped working completely, ...
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Cloned Linux does not recognize the new flash drive's space?

I installed CentOS 6 into my 4GB flash drive, and everything worked fine until I needed more space. I have another flash drive with 8GB of space (which is all I really need) and so I formatted it with ...
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How to delete a partition on a USB drive?

I have a USB drive that I accidentally partitioned when trying to put Ubuntu on it. It's a 16 GB Kingston flash drive but it is now split to two partitions, 7.30 GB each. How do I combine the two ...
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Laptop won't boot to either the CD/DVD or to a USB Flash Drive

Update: Apparently Diskpart should display unused usb ports as well as the DVD/CD player. Mine doesn't. All I can see here is the laptop hard drive. I'm suspecting this is a more serious issue ...
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USB drive is not opening

I don't know why I cannot open the contents of my flash drive. When I plugged it into my laptop, Windows 7 did not recognize it. In My Computer, it's transparent like this: When I click the icon, a ...
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dd copy iso 2 usb flash drive & add a writable partition

I made an install of Xubuntu inspired by : http://en.opensuse.org/Live_USB_stick#Using_commandline_tools Is it very good, you have an install bootable drive, like an optical drive. But bit 2 bit ...
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Is there a way to power down a USB device using software?

Is there a way that I can power off a (specific) USB device completely using software from a Linux machine? I want to use this to power off (so that the LED is off) a (single) USB stick. Do you know ...
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Netbook won't start after startup with USB attached

I started my Toshiba Netbook up with a USB flash drive attached, and it messed up the startup process. As soon as I realized my mistake, I stopped the process (I think I just turned it off), took out ...
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How to create USB flash “.bin” image in Linux without physical drive

I have some files under Linux, which I have to copy to multiple SD-cards under Windows periodically (not bootable, but with file permissions, filesystem ext3). Now the procedure is: I copy files to ...
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“Weak bits” test for flash drive?

Flash memory has a limited number of write cycles. In a recent question, @Rsya Studios discussed problems with reads affecting neighboring bits, which is correctable up to a point. Neither of these ...
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San Disk Cruzer 16G USB detected as local disk

I have a SanDisk 16G pen drive. It is not being detected as Removable drive but as a Local disk. I have tried formatting it with FAT32 but it didn't work. How do I change it back so that it is ...
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How Can i stop my pendrive from keeping creating shortcuts?

My pen drive keeps creating shortcuts of everything I store in it, and moreover, I can't even delete those shortcuts, they keep coming back! I have reformatted it. It's still not working. What should ...
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Assign permanent drive name to USB (across different computers)?

Some of the shortcuts on my flash drive need the drive to be assigned to a specific name, and I need to access this across several computers. Is there a way that the flash drive's drive name can be ...
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Fix an unusable flash drive

Make a bootable Windows10 32 bit flash drive (size 4 GB) but it does not seem to be working. How can I restore it to its original factory state and make it a bootable drive? Thanks! Things I have ...
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Windows 7 is making weird sounds while copying,deleting or doing anything to files on a pendrives [duplicate]

I have Windows 7 Ultimate, my computer is pretty old (somewhere around 8 years already?). And it makes really weird, beepy-like sounds while copying files to any pendrive(so it's a Windows issue, not ...
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Error loading operating system on Windows 7 Install USB

I created a Windows 7 Install USB the usual way. NTFS partition on pendrive, made it bootable, copyed all files from DVD to the pendrive, test it on my laptop. It works, at least on my laptop (HP ...
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I copied an ISO image over a USB drive, can I format it to use it as a storage device again?

I have a 4GB USB drive and I wrote an iso file to it. Now I want to delete the data on it. Is there any way to take the space back? I used Linux to burn the iso file following these instructions. At ...
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my 8gb usb Dirie drive showing only 4mb capacity after some use

i have a 8Gb usb drive, but now it showing only 4mb capacity. I tried to format it but it is still it showing the same.
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damn small linux - Installing usb & what do these disks mean?

I am configuring my installation of Damn Small Linux and I have few questions. I need to access my pendrive. What drivers do I need? What is the purpose of the /opt, /dev and /mnt folders?
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Can I let my fake flash USB drive get its real capacity through low level format?

Recently, I bought an USB pen drive which has a cool design. The seller said it is 256gb however, I've already known that capacity would be fake. Anyway, I bought it cause of its cool design and want ...
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How to install ubuntu on a macbook pro using a pendrive?

I did an upgrade of 11.04 into 13.04 and it has failed miserably. Now I want a fresh install, hopefully saving my /home directory. I use centos on my other machine and do not have access to a macos ...
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How do you partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive?

Out of the box, Windows will not allow you to partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive. How can you do this? In case anyone is wondering Why you would do this? It's interesting in the case of a BitLocker ...
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How to format a USB stick (flash drive) with FAT32 for use on Linux and Windows?

I want to format a memory stick for moving data between Windows 7 and a non-networked Ubuntu server (Precise). I'm not sure that either of the two ways I've tried are correct, even though I can read ...
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Convert a thumb drive to flash drive

I have two USBs, both Kingston DT101 G2, 8GB. Both FAT32. When I connect my USBs into my machine (Ubuntu), one is detected as a "Thumb drive" and the other is detected as a "Flash drive". I ...
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Windows Installer using usb drive for temp purposes

When installing apps that are built around Windows Installer, it would appear that it often uses my external usb hard disk (when it's connected) as the temp location while it expands and installs the ...
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How do I keep Mac OS X from saving hidden files on my flash drive?

Hidden files and folders like .fseventsd, .Spotlight-V100, .TemporaryItems, and .Trashes are getting dumped in my flash drive every time I plug it into my Mac... How do I keep it from doing this? ...
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How to auto-sync a USB thumb drive with folders on the PC?

In my job we are not guaranteed to keep using the same computer forever. Also, I need to keep the files at arm's reach when traveling. This is screaming a "cloud" solution, but here in Brazil mobile ...
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How to inteprete these Flashbench results for a SanDisk SDCZ48-064G?

I have experimented with the flashbench tool from linaro and am stuck guessing where my earse block size might be. It would be very nice to have some input on how to inteprete my results. My USB ...
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Virus Effected to my pendrive

I am using scandisk 8 GB pendrive. I am a programmer so I put my project details and my projects in that pendrive, by using folders. Now the problem is that my folders are becomig hidden, when I am ...
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USB 3.0 flash drive has slow performance after reformatting

I bought a USB 3 flash drive, and after a few weeks of using it (happily), I needed a bootable linux and that was the only thing handy. So I reformatted it and worked through all that jazz. But I'm ...
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How do I reset a bootable USB so that it no longer is bootable?

I made a bootable USB stick (Fedora) to install on a system. I'd like to reuse the stick, so I want to remove all traces of the functioning system; in particular I'm not sure how to reset the MBR ...
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How to expand extra space to an already burnt flash drive with Ubuntu 13.10, so that I can save all changes I have made when using it

I have a USB disk with a bootable Ubuntu inside, there must be some missteps have been made when I making it with help of Universal USB installer, which lead to all saved documents or newly installed ...
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Copy speed to usb flash drive very slow when partitioned as NTFS

So I have a 16GB Corsair Flash Voyager USB flash drive. I am on a fairly new install of Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1. I use the flash drive for one thing, watching things on my TV. I will copy ...
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Problems with boot (keli linux on windows 7)

I've installed Keli Linux for my USB, everything went good, it worked with my windows, until I entered the Setup in the usb and installed it on windows. Than it said - The install will continue after ...
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usb disk affected by surprise removal

I got a surprise removal of my USB drive. Now it is detected in device manager, but not showing neither in my computer nor in disk management. Please help me. Here are my USB details: ...
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Syskey USB Mounting

The problem: Windows no longer mounts the USB Startup Key disk I created. As a result, I cannot log into Windows. Not even if I manually modify SecureBoot in the registry (from linux). Is there ...
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Windows 7 Pendrive not opening

When I double click my Pendrive, it takes me to short cut. When I double click on it, a popup comes: There was a problem starting 4#TF.ini The specific module could not be found. The pen drive does ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - can't find usb flash stick

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 with gnome shell (I think this information may be useful) and laptop mode tools installed. I can't mount just one usb stick (OCZ ATV 8GB) "lsusb" command: Bus 002 Device 003: ...
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Hidden files on USB drive [duplicate]

Hello Dear Sirs here, I have such problems on my USB drive: I have a lot necessary files and documents on it and my trouble is that i connect it to another computers and after when i will connect it ...
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Fixing inaccessable usb flash drive

This problem first appeared when a friend of me tried to copy some files from my computer. The transfer of 29GB stopped and the process could not be aborted, it just froze! So I pulled out the usb ...