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

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Can I install Windows from a USB stick to a USB stick?

I am building a Windows 7 system without a CD/DVD drive or hard drive. I followed one of the many tutorials for creating a bootable installation USB stick, but I couldn't find one for installing to ...
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'USB Drive' Access is denied

I put a USB drive in the port and tried to read it but an error message pops up. E:/ is not accessible. Access is denied. It was a public computer so I don't have access to Control Panel or ...
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Why does USB pen partition not show up in /dev/

This is a question to end my wondering, more than a problem. I am playing around with some USB memory sticks on Linux. When inserted they are automatically mounted, and I can access the files. Two ...
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Chromium OS Image Creator

I downloaded and unzipped the image for Vanilla for usb from hexxeh. I downloaded and installed the Image Creator for Mac. When I run the image creator and select the local image, i am requested to ...
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How do I rename the actual USB drive (not the label)?

I'm not asking how to simply change the name of the USBs label the OS shows. I would like to know how I can change the name of the actual USB stick. For example, if I try to boot from the USB I can ...
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Boot from USB with Lenovo G710

What I wish to achieve: Have Debian linux on a USB stick and boot from that without touching my HD. Problem: Can't boot from USB. I put the Debian Live distribution on a USB stick using unetbootin ...
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Can't access USB drive anymore

I have a 32 GB Lacie Cookey USB flash disk that doesn't show in the Computer window but it's visible as a device. cmd > diskpart DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size -------- ...
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How to format/repair a write-protected USB drive with I/O errors?

I ordered a bunch of 1GB usb drives from a semi-shady Chinese company. Most of them work just fine, but a couple of them won't let me format them because they are "write-protected." There is no write ...
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HP v220w not working after using it as bootable pendrive

I have made a bootable pendrive just before a week. The pendrive was working previously. I've made a bootable pen drive using following instructions: Launch the DiskPart utility by typing ...
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How do I get a Slax module game to run?

I am new to Linux. I have purchased a USB stick with Slax on it. I downloaded some modules and placed them in the modules folder. Can someone tell me how to run the modules, what commands do you use ...
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Repairing-without-formatting a Read-Only/writeprotected USB drive

I've got a 32gb USB 3.0 thumbdrive and it's been acting up on me as of late. Most of the time I could just unmount and remount it on my Mac's main partition and viola, it'd be working again. However, ...
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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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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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How can I download the Mavericks installer to a Windows PC?

I don't want to install Mavericks onto a Windows PC - I want to to download the installer (5Gb) onto a Windows PC and then install it on a Mac from a USB drive. For reasons I won't go into, it's not ...
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How can I keep my file copy speed consistent?

I sometimes have big files (like the Bitcoin blockchain or a virtual machine disk image) that I want to copy to a flash drive so that I can move it to another computer. My flash drive is a SanDisk ...
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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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Certain files opened in Microsoft Word are looking for a flash drive to be plugged in

On two of my computers, numerous files are showing the following error when being opened: If you click ok about 6 times, it'll eventually let you open up the file. Curiously, one of the computers ...
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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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Is there a relation between usb stick size and their performance?

Okey, I grant you - the title's a bit weird. But while checking out some models of usb sticks and their performance reviews, that's exactly the thought which sprong in my head. Here's the thing - I'm ...
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USB Flash drive too slow

I've tried like 10 USB flash drives, and they are all slow :( External USB hard-drives are much faster. For example transfer speeds on the WD passport are like 20 MB/sec compared to like 2 MB/sec on ...
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How to check if the pendrive controller is okay?

I've bought Mach Xtreme ES SLC 32GB (USB 3.0) pendrive, specifically for portable Ubuntu installation (a real one, as on HDD, not LiveUSB made by Unetbootin etc). The pendrive seems perfectly fine - ...
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USB Flash Drive Sandisk Cruzer - Windows “Not Formatted”

So it initially works, then I used it on a Mac and unplugged it without safely removing it. Now on my Windows 7 Computer just displays a External Disk Drive and said it is not formatted. Then I tried ...
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White list for USB flash using udev

I want to create something like "white list" for USB flash drives. I mean "deny everything that is not allowed". I know that I should use udev rules: Add to /etc/udev/rules.d/ a rule to deny every ...
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Why a pendrive isn't visible in BIOS after setting a boot flag to one of its partitions?

I have a pendrive with 3 partitions, and it works well but there's one thing that causes troubles. I'm using this pendrive for booting live debian system, but to do this I have to set a boot flag to ...
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Safely using a flash drive with a fake reported size

I purchased a 128GB SD card for dirt cheap knowing full well that it was likely too good to be true (unfortunately, I was right...). My first clue was that copying files to it was quite slow. My ...
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USB Flash drive not showing as removable drive

Yesterday I bought SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4 GB USB Flash drive. I connected it to my Windows 7 laptop there it is shown as local drive and not as a removable drive. I need it to be shown as a removable ...
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How to force a USB disk to format?

I can't seem to get my USB drive to format anymore or be recognized by the file system (including gparted). How do I just wipe the whole thing and start over!? dmesg [ 5036.408102] usb 2-3: new ...
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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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“White-listing” USB drives in antivirus?

I was just reading some antivirus manuals and came across a mention that the antivirus will block all read/write access to removable media except for white-listed drives. Can somebody explain to me ...
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USB flash drive is not detected in Ubuntu 12.04

I have 15GB Kingston flash drive. It is not detected in Ubuntu 12.04 and remains hung up in Windows too. sudo fdisk -l output: WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The ...
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Fixing a pendrive that suffered a dog bite

A dog bit my pendrive and after that I can no longer mount the drive in Linux (Debian-based distro). I can see the light on the drive blinking and the drive is registered via USB. Is this due to a ...
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Unable to format and use flash drive

A long time ago I had to use a flash drive to recover a Chromebook, a tool from Samsung/Google formatted the flash drive with the needed Chrome OS. Now that I need the flash drive for something else, ...
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Bootable flash drive meant to boot Windows 7 boots Linux Mint 15

I am running Linux Mint 15 and I want to switch to Windows 7. I tried to make a bootable SD card, but something is wrong. I downloaded Windows 7, right-clicked the .iso file -> "make bootable USB ...
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Why is USB stick discouraged as boot medium for openmediavault

I have read at http://wiki.openmediavault.org/index.php?title=Installation that USB sticks are not recommended as boot devices. I thought that such a systems are optimized to limit system disk ...
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How to format and re-use a locked down thumb drive?

I recently went to an IT conference where the company Veeam was giving away free plastic cards that had a detachable thumb drive. When I plugged the thumb drive into my Windows 7 computer, Windows ...
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Accessing USB from my VM in Hyper-V

I've got a Windows Server 2012 box running and today I installed Ubuntu. But from Ubuntu I need access to the USB key I physically inserted in to the Win2k12 server, how can I do this? My Google ...
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Virus changed some folders and files' extensions to .exe

A virus changed all folders and some of files on my USB flash drive to .exe files. I scanned the flash drive with USB Disk Security and scanned my computer with Microsoft Security Essentials, deleting ...
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Can a windows virus downloaded in linux be transferred to windows? [duplicate]

I know that linux is mostly safe from viruses, however: if you do download a windows virus (i.e., through a drive-by download), will it just sit there on your computer, and take up space? Is it unable ...
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Deploy Pfsense to make a cheap AirPort Extreme

i was wondering if Pfsense could be deployed on a cheap old system to make a poor mans Airport Extreme (apple's router+ usb drive share + printer share) ?? AirPort Extreme besides being a router can ...
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unable to boot from USB flash drive (kubuntu 12.04.3 LTS)

I've downloaded kubuntu 12.04.3 LTS .iso and tried to install it on a flash drive to install the system on my hard drive. I've tried to use usb-creator-kde 3 times and unetbootin once and each time ...
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Problems in detecting pendrive

I have this problems when I insert my pendrive. It is very slow in detecting it (3.0 and 2.0 port). I'm using uBuntu 12.04.3 x64. It requires me to wait for minutes to finally detect it. Is there any ...
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Is it possible to lock/protect a USB drive's name?

Info: I am running windows 7 home Premium I have a usb drive that I use a lot to share files between people I with whom I have a professional relationship with, like when sharing a in-work paper with ...
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If I align a partition to 24MiB then is it also aligned to any divider of this size?

Let's assume that I want to begin my partitions with an offset on flash drives because of: Although it is usually possible to write single pages, the data cannot be *over*written without being ...
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Windows 7 installs “NA NA USB DEVICE” driver for SanDisk Cruzer flash drive

I have a SanDisk Cruzer 16Gb USB flash drive that I have successfully used on both a Windows 8 and Windows 7 computer earlier today. I have now attempted to use it on another Windows 7 computer and ...
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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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Optimal file format for USB3 memory [duplicate]

Which is the best choice and why for formatting a USB3 memory stick? FAT32 was the out of the box, but the file size limit is a to small. FAT32 NTFS exFAT Size, speed and stability are good ...
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After a pen-drive was corrupted, other pen-drives are also not working

Let me explain what happened. I was creating bootable usb for Windows 8.1 preview using cmd. And I'm sure all commands were typed perfectly. In the end while copying using xcopy command, some error ...
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How to format pendrive from fat32 to ext3 in windows7?

I am trying to make a live USB of OPHCRACK, and I tried to boot from a fat32 pendrive. But after making a live USB, it wouldn't boot. After searching awhile, I came to understand that ophcrack will ...
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Small bootable flash drive for Mac

I'd like to boot from a flash drive containing some disk management utilities, like disk partitioning on a mac (MacBook Pro). All the instructions I've seen require an OSX installation disk with a >= ...
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Is ECC mandatory in SSD technology?

While shopping for an SSD I have noticed that some manufacturers promote their "Pro" models as the ones sporting ECC data protection. Those manufacturers do not mention ECC in their budget models ...