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

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I'm using a partitioning tool to run my computer, it has a linux os on it and for some reason it won't read my USB

Recently my computer died on me, I have been trying everything to fix it. it will not read my HDD, I've tried multiple Hard drives none work. I came across this paritioning tool called PartedMagic, it ...
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Used space on an “empty,” formatted flash drive

I recently purchased a SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 16GB USB 2.0 flash drive. The flash drive was formatted as FAT32 from the package. I will need to store files that are larger than 4GB on this flash drive, ...
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USB storage devices no longer recognized after installing VMware tools

I installed the VMware tools within Mac. Since then any USB external storage drive that was once recognized is now not recognized. In Driver Manager I receive this message unknown device. I been ...
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How can I remount an ejected (not just unmounted) USB drive on Mac?

I frequently eject an usb stick, and then realize I still need it. If I unmount the drive in Disk Utility, I can just remount it, but if I eject, it's gone. Not showed in Finder Not showed in ...
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Cannot format my USB Flash Drive after installing Vanilla Chrome OS

I recently installed Chromium OS (Hexxeh's vanilla build) on my 16 GB flash drive. Later on, when I tried to format it, it was showing a total space of 1 GB. I tried deleting partitions in disk ...
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Flash disk capacity turns from 32GB to 4MB

I have a brand new 32GB flash drive that was bought from Hong Kong but manufactured in China. When I plug it in, it's detected, and when I examine the properties of the drive the size is reported to ...
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Are there any disadvantages to fully formatting (as opposed to quickly formatting) a flash drive, other than time?

I'm running Windows 7. This comment on this question suggests that a full format could be bad for the device lifetime, but in reasonable, noticeable (not just theoretical) terms, is this true? In ...
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Messed up USB stick doesn't show in blkid

I was playing around with a USB stick (booting archlinux with qemu off of it and trying to perform an installation on the same stick at the same time -- brave, I know, but I was just messing around). ...
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I can't find flash memory in Disk Utility

I installed VMWare Workstaion 12 on Windows 8.1 ,I created Mac OS X 10.8 on the VMWare ,now I pluging a USB flash drive and vmware can recognize that but I can't find that in Disk Utility on Mac OSX.I ...
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write protected pendrive hack

I have been doing some research to make a custom pendrive for client, it has two physical memory inside, one is meant to be loaded with data and can not be: delete, modify, write, format; while the ...
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How to find Windows 7 File Transfer History?

Is it possible to find out which files are transferred to an external usb flash drive in certain period of time? To be more clear. If I/someone have a flash drive and take some data from me. How do ...
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Persistent install of Windows 7 (or XP) on a USB stick

Persistent install of Windows 7 (or XP) on a USB stick is this possible? So I move to another computer and during the boot process I boot the OS from my USB stick. I did not found any tutorial on ...
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What's faster: A USB2.0 flash drive or a SD card

I was asking myself which which has the higher read/write speeds: A USB2.0 flash drive or a SD card. Concerning the USB2.0 flash drives, I found that they have a maximal read/write speed of 30MB/s. ...
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USB drive is not found in devices and in disk utility [duplicate]

I have a transcend USB drive. I copied data and unmounted USB. But after removing it, it was not found again in my Mac as well as in windows. In windows, it shows "No Media". Any idea how to repair ...
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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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can't recover my files in my thumbdrive

I got a thumbdrive brand Kingston model DT101 G2 with capacity 32 GB. The problem is when I copy files from my computer to this thumbdrive, it seems I can't reopen it (files) at another computer when ...
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How do I reset a bootable drive 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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Weird directory called Future

I've just found a folder on an 8 GB flash stick with some weird stuff going on. The folder is called Future and, according to Properties, it's 71.6 GB. Most of the items in it are dated in the future ...
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USB Drive Format NTFS Vs FAT32?

Please can anyone explain the Pro's and Con's of Formatting your USB drive in NTFS format or FAT32 format and vice versa ? Please highlight any advantages of one format over the other . Keeping in ...
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Is it possible to boot from a flash drive that also contains data?

I read about the Evil Maid attack, and thought of partitioning a flash drive, putting a bootloader on one partition and storing data on the other. Is this possible, or is there some alternative that ...
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Copy protect video content on USB

I'm trying to copy protect video content on USB. My main idea is to put the files on a separate partition as encrypted raw data, then read the data from software that sits in the normal ...
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Can you fix a bent/broken USB thumb drive?

My USB stick broke from me bending it. It's a Toshiba TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drive 32GB - Red, which is a FAT32. When I opened it up and looked at the PCB, one of the 5 connectors on the PCB ...
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How do I fix my USB drive to get its original 8GB size back?

My USB drive used to be originally 8GB when I bought it. I'm trying to reformatted in Windows 7 by right clicking on the drive and selecting Format.... But the capacity only shows 250MB. Is there ...
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USB flash drive stopped working

USB flash drive not mounting either in GNU/Linux or Windows. Gparted not identifing df -l do not list HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool not identifing lsusb shows the following: Bus 003 Device 009: ...
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How to wipe a USB flash drive without a computer [duplicate]

I have a USB flash drive that's become unreadable in any computer. It has a lot of confidential information on it which I need to wipe before sending it back to the manufacturer for a warranty ...
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No drive letter assigned to USB drive on windows 8.1

Not long before, I executed dd on my USB drive, but later when I needed it. I found it could not be formatted in Windows Disk Management, which said "The system cannot find the file specified." So I ...
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Flash drive .docx disappeared [duplicate]

it starts here Flash drive .docx disappeared files I have tried Jesús Hagiwara and Kilisi answers, and nothing work Microsoft Windows [version 6.1.7601] Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft ...
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Flash drive .docx disappeared files [closed]

I'm in trouble here I have been writing important word documents and saving them on my flash drive Some one deleated them all in another pc, I need help getting them back I tried recovering word ...
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USB Stick Drive Losing Format

I have just purchased a new 64GB USB stick drive. It came formatted as FAT32, and I reformatted with Windows 10 as exFAT. It keeps losing the format, though. The process which I've followed several ...
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How to format a USB flash drive which was used as a Linux installer? [duplicate]

I have a USB flash drive which I once used to install Linux, by writing a bootable installer image onto it. Now I would like to use it for data storage again. However, Windows sees it only as a flash ...
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Having trouble with kali linux encrypted persistence on usb drive

I recently burned a kali iso image on my usb stick (via my windows desktop, since i'm still kind of a newbie with linux). I wanted to make my kali work with persistence, and i really want it to be ...
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Can an internal SSD be used as a removable storage device?

I have a Sandisk SSD drive that I bought for about $70 but decided to not install it in my PC. So I guess my question is, can I use it essentially as a thumb drive?
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USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, how can you tell the difference?

I know the speeds would obviously be a key factor, but is there any spot on way to tell if a device is USB 2.0 or 3.0 such as a USB flash drive?
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What's the technical difference between a flash drive and an SSD?

I was just reading a question on backups with flash drives, but I was not quite sure why SSDs would be better than flash drives for backups. To me, solid-state drives look like larger versions of ...
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Ubuntu karmic 9.10 Live image on USB is not working

This is my configuration: 4GB HP pendrive Ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386 image file for live USB install pendrivelinux (u910p) and ubetbootin (unetbootin.sourceforge.net) T61 machine Earlier I have ...
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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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What is the danger of inserting and browsing an untrusted USB drive?

Suppose someone wants me to copy some files to their USB stick. I'm running fully-patched Windows 7 x64 with AutoRun disabled (via Group Policy). I insert the USB drive, open it in Windows Explorer ...
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Pendrive speed goes down to 10kbps from 20-25 Mbps

I have sony vaio pendrive and its speed is getting too slow.No problem with the operating system. Maybe the problem is with the file system. Please help me to sort this out. Thank you.
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How do I install Windows XP on a USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Please read this carefully. I want to actually run the OS from the USB,thus install it on it, not to copy the setup files to it. I have done some research on this, but doesn't help. I have an XP .iso ...
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Flash drive not recognized

I was copying some files to my flash drive and removed it from my laptop.  When I plugged it into my PC, it didn't recognize it and it doesn't show up in disk management, and I can't find it in device ...
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It takes a *very* long time to eject my flashdrives

I am running a fresh install on Debian 8, and I often have to wait a ridiculous time before my flashdrives get ejected (ranging from 1 to 10.. 15 minutes). During this time, I can't access anything ...
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is my USB flash device dead?

I have HP v155w 16 GB pendrive. My pendrive is getting detected under devices and printers section. I can see usb drive component there. But it is not getting mounted. I checked disk management and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 .. ...