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 can I access the contents of a lock-out password-protected USB flash drive?

I have a password protected Cruzer U3 flash drive. When trying to access the data contained on this drive, I typed the password incorrectly, and it is no longer prompting me for a password. I cannot ...
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Broken USB disk

Somehow my USB flash drive is broken. When I plug it into my Windows 7 PC it appears in Windows Explorer, but I cannot format/access it; I get the "insert disk" message every time I try to ...
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VirtualBox VM's on a USB?

I need to use several different VM's, using Oracle VirtualBox. Unfortunately, my laptop has a 100Gb SSD, so I was thinking of hosting them on an external USB flash drive. My question is, would a USB ...
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Which is best for ReadyBoost? SD card or USB?

Would it be better to use a USB or a SD card as use for ReadyBoost? I run windows 7 on a acer aspire laptop.
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Files on pendrive can be accessed by searching on pendrive, not visible normally

I used to open my NTFS File System pendrive on Windows 7. When I opened it on Windows XP, it opened a folder with a autorun file, this autorun file brought me to the content of my drive. The same ...
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Windows 7 not working after fresh install

I am configuring an old laptop to give to a friend (ThinkPad E420) and recently bought an SSD and Windows 7 Home Premium OEM DVD to install. The actual installation worked fine, but when it started ...
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16GB SanDisk USB drive became 2x64MB

I used a SanDisk Cruzer Contour 16GB USB 2.0 drive for almost 5 years, but one day it just turned into two 64MB drives. Windows even recognize two separate devices Tried formatting, messing with ...
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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 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 ...
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Windows Unable to complete the format

I am using windows 7 in my machine. My pendrive got corrupted while i was using it. so i just removed the pen drive, then again when i inserted my pendrive it was showing as some other unrecognized ...
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What type of file is an operating system?

I've been looking up information about operating systems lately, and have yet to find an answer to this question. What type of file is an operating system? Would it be an application(.exe), some ...
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Copying USB files to local Linux folder

How do I copy files from a USB flash drive in Ubuntu Linux from command line? When I copy these files from USB to a local folder I get "permissions denied" using the GUI. On the command line I can ...
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Maximum size of USB Mass Storage Device Supported by Linux Kernel

I have been using one arm based system, and ported linux on that board. The kernel detects a 8GB Flash Drive, but it does not detect 16 GB pen drive. Can anyone tell me what is wrong? Which is the ...
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Every USB flash drive that is plugged in prompts for autoplay twice

On my Windows 7 laptop, every single USB flash drive causes two prompts from autoplay. Even empty flash drives. How do I fix this?
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Is it safe to unplug, without first unmounting, a USB drive that was mounted as read only?

I'm using Ubuntu Server 12.04.3 and usbmount for auto-mounting USB pen drives as read-only. Also, in this particular scenario, is it possible (and proper) to automatically perform the unmount action ...
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How to fix my pen drive?

I have a Toshiba Pen Drive. Whenever I plug it to a computer, it shows a message saying- You need to format the drive before you can use it. I have tried repairing it via the command prompt ...
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Create a Linux (Knoppix) bootable USB (with multiple partitions) with Linux or Mac OS X

I want to create a Knoppix bootable USB flash drive. I've found instructions about how to do this, but I would like to do it fulfilling the following conditions: The USB I am planning to use has 8 ...
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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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USB Flash Icon Still appears After Removing Flash

I have Windows 7 and it has happened to me many times that when I remove my USB flash drive, the icon still appears in windows explorer and when I stick my USB drive again, it is not going to work ...
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Retina MBP won't recognize Archboot flash drive

I'm trying to install Arch on a flash drive. To do so, I'm trying to first get a bootable, "live" version of Arch on the flash drive I'm going to install it on later. I've followed the instructions ...
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Can I make Windows use my USB drive as an extension of its disk space transparently?

In my college laboratories, any student can access a computer with their login info. If it is your first time, the computer will prepare a desktop for you and give you a partition of disk space. I'm ...
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Hide windows 7 partition from Ubuntu 12.04 USB

I am so hopelessly tired of following posts on all forums regarding my issue. I only want my windows 7 partition to be invisible from my Ubuntu 12.04 which I install and run from a USB flash drive. I ...
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LUKS encrypted flash drive: no partition table

I have 16GB encrypted LUKS flash drive with corrupted partition table. Here is the fdisk output: fdisk -l /dev/sdf Disk /dev/sdf: 16.2 GB, 16236150784 bytes 64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 15484 ...
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How to make USB stick to appear CD ROM

How I can make my memory stick have two partitions like this force-ably so that i can have a read-only part of my memory stick that also runs the auto-run automatically in Windows? There is a same ...
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How to transfer data from Android device to PC that runs on Windows via USB

I am using Kindle Fire which runs on Android and need to transfer data from Android to my PC via USB. I have been using SnapPea for 9 months and it worked flawlessly. Today, when I really need to ...
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What is the best way to make a flash drive with many bootable things

I want to make a flash drive with lots of bootable things on it, a toolkit of sorts. The list of things that I want to boot on it so far it Hirens Boot Disk Backtrack Linux Knoppix STD Ophcrack XP ...
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pendrive recovery that damaged while installing linux [duplicate]

I tried to intall linux mint in my hp v165w pendrive.After I partition the device,I clicked on the "next" to install linux.in progress bar after 80% completion the progress stops and cancelled.after ...
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impossible to format a RAW usb flash drive

I was trying to format my flash USB that is a RAW format. When I plug it windows asks me to format the USB I choose format I choose slow format but after 6 hours not even 1% done. I tried quick ...
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In/out-error, lost document

I had a document in a folder on a flash drive, and when I went to open it, it was nowhere to be found. Initially I thought it was something wrong with the USB stick where the folder was located, but ...
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DiskPart Not Using Unallocated Space

I'm trying to use DiskPart to create two partitions on my flash drive. One for storage and one for a bootable OS. I've used BootIt as suggested in this question/answer, however it doesn't seem to ...
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How do I get Windows 7 to include a USB drive in its search index? [duplicate]

I have a new PC running Windows 7 (with the SP) and Outlook 2013. All my data, including the PST file, is stored on an external flash chip that's connected to the desktop via a USB 2.0 card reader. ...
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How can I make DBAN bootable from UFD?

I want to make DBAN bootable from a UFD (USB Flash Drive). I have the ISO image (dban-2.2.7_i586.iso) and I am using a tool called Rufus (rufus_v1.3.4.exe). I first tried using the default settings. ...
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Flash disk is readable in TV but on plug in PC ,win freeze when want open it

I have a Silicon Power flash disk, and I'm wondering why I can open its files properly on a TV, but in win7 or opensuse 12.3 I can't even see the list of its files or format it. When I try to do ...
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Turn iPhone into Dumb USB drive

I am looking to turn my iPhone into a standard USB drive that will work with any device that accepts USB (for instance plugging into a TV). I do not mind completely killing the iOS firmware on it (I ...
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USB flash drive shown as empty on windows 7 after VirtualBox messed it up

Ok, I have a SanDisk 8gb flash usb pen. I was using it nicely until VirtualBox (Meh.. oracle... messing up software since years) messed it up. Basically this is what happened: I could use this usb ...
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Repairing corrupted Pen Drive

Last night, I formatted the Pen drive using Windows formatting tool. Once the format was done, I pulled it out without using "Remove device safely". Next time, I plugged in the device, the drive is ...
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How to recover pen drive

I have tried to apply ISO image of Windows 7 to my Silicon Power 8Gb USB flash drive. Process failed, drive got unusable. UltraISO cannot resume process. HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and SP flash ...
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How to store a permanent drive letter on a USB device (so it gets that letter on all computers)?

For drawing maps I use a G.I.S. program, and in the setup of the program you have to specify drive letters and paths for the maps to store and the backup files to be placed. The program has one ...
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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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8GB USB pen drive showing 700MB after formatting

My 8GB pen drive is now showing 700MB after I formatted it. I've created Ubuntu Desktop bootable USB drive using Power ISO. After I formatted it. Now it's showing 700MB. Why is that? I'm using ...
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How to fix usb flash memory device showing as unallocated (RAW) in disk management

I have a brand new 128 gb Kingston DT Hyperex 3.0 usb device, using Windows 7 It works perfectly in my ASUS laptop, and my Dell at work, but in my ACER Aspire at home, it installs the driver, but ...
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Which one to choose? I am about to encrypt my USB Stick using Truecrypt

Which one to choose? I am about to encrypt my USB Stick using Truecrypt, but I am prompted with these options, although I guess it's just the same because I only have one USB stick attached and it ...
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Cannot open pdf file in USD drive by Adobe Reader using Window Vista

A message popped up as below Adobe Reader could not open file because it is either not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged (for example, it was sent as an email ...
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Convert a USB drive into a Virtual Machine HDD

I am creating a bootable USB flash drive to install the OS and application on several PC. I need to test UFD in virtual machine with VMware (or VirtualBox). I could make a raw image of the UFD and ...
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Convert a USB drive into a Virtual Machine HDD

I am creating a bootable USB flash drive. Before using it I would like to test it with VMware Player (or VirtualBox). I could make a raw image of the UFD and convert it with "qemu" qemu-img convert ...
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Does flash-memory integrity depend on system resources while reading/writing (like CDs/DVDs)?

Question I’m really concerned that flash-memory is just not reliable as a storage for irreplaceable files. Does anybody know if the integrity (corruptibility) of flash-memory (flash-drives, ...
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How would I exactly duplicate a USB drive?

I have a standard USB flash drive that I have partitioned and formatted and organized and done quite a lot of things to. I was hoping to create another copy of that drive, with partitions and ...
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What File System to Use for 64gb Thumbdrive in Linux

I have a 64 GB thumbdrive that I would like to use on a CentOS 5.4 Linux machine that does not seem to support NTFS. What file system should I format it as? I want to be able to use this thumbdrive in ...
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USB-HDD vs. USB-FDD vs. USB-ZIP, USB Flash emulation

From http://agnipulse.com/2011/11/partition-usb-flash-drive/ am I right in believing that the USB boot emulation is controlled by nothing more than the partition table, and therefore any USB drive is ...
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Should I switch my NTFS-formatted USB stick back to “Optimize for Quick Removal”? [closed]

So what I did was I open the properties tab and change the checked markings from OPTIMIZE FOR QUICK REMOVAL to OPTIMIZE FOR PERFORMANCE, so that Windows XP would allow me to format it in NTFS. Now ...