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

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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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Can't take control of USB drive on VMware

I’m running VMWare Workstation on Windows 7 x86-64, and a Mac OS X 10.8 install inside the VM. Whenever I try to connect my USB drive to the Mac OS X 10.8 guest, it just doesn't gets recognized. The ...
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“Real” raw access of flash memory cards?

I have a 16GB microSDHC card that apparently was nuked by the phone (a friend's phone, not sure which, but I can find out): while taking pictures, it suddenly could no longer access/recognize the card....
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Why don't all Linux distributions offer hybrid disk images?

Why don't all Linux distributions offer disk images you can simply dd or cat to an USB drive? Are there downsides to these hybrid images?
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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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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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Recreating the master boot record of a Ubuntu USB installation?

I copied my unetbootin installation onto my Windows 7 machine, and formatted the drive and put something completely different on it. Then later I copied the installation it back on to the USB drive ...
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fdisk / sfdisk not saving partitions on USB drive

I am having some problems with an USB drive that is not working correctly, I am trying to recreate partitions with fdisk or sfdisk but once I do it I do "-l" and there's no partitions. This is how I ...
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Windows 7 laptop no longer sees USB drives - how to fix?

When I plug USB drives in to my computer the icon on lower right shows that a USB device is ready to use, but Windows 7 does not show the drive anywhere. Under Disk Management (screen shot) I see the ...
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Unable to format a Pendrive (UDF)-TrusCont Protected

I received a Pendrive from my coaching classes loaded with notes and videos. The content in the Pendrive is protected and now the content has expired. I am unable to view the content any more and it's ...
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Dual simultaneous USB flash drive between a PC and an embedded system?

I couldn’t decide which site to post this on, but figured this was the best fit. I’m trying to set up a testing environment for an embedded system running ChibiOS. This embedded system expects a USB ...
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Formatting USB-stick to NTFS or FAT32

After reformatting my USB-stick it became unreadable by Android filesystem. Android Supports only NTFS or FAT32, but whenever I try to format USB-drive from Ubuntu to any of the types I can see flag "...
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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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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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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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32GB Flash Voyager doesn't work on new PC with USB 3.0

I have recently built a new PC and my pendrive is not working correctly. When I plug it into the USB port (I have only USB 3.0 ports), Windows recognizes it and lists it in Explorer, as usual. I ...
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USB drive's icon not appearing on Windows XP

I have a USB flash drive for which I want to use a custom icon. My autorun.inf looks like this: [Autorun] UseAutoPlay=1 Label=TrueCrypt Traveler Disk Icon=Volume.ico Action=Start TrueCrypt Background ...
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My flash drive shows up in device manager but does not properly mount. Works fine on other machines

I got one of those LaCie iamakey flash drives and have been using it fine up until today when I plugged it into my work machine. The machine chugged away for a good while and finally mounted it to F:/ ...
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Recovering Corrupted TrueCrypt Data?

I recently attempted to set up an encrypted TrueCrypt folder (non-hidden) on my USB Flash Drive. Before doing anything I copied all the files on the USB to my computer's harddrive. I then deleted ...
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How to Modify Windows 7 Search to Index Removable Drives

I have over 8GB in my "Code Library" that I maintain on a 64GB "ScanDisk Ultra Backup USB Device". Windows Search 4.0 (installed on Windows XP) can index removable drives, but Windows 7 (which uses ...
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Flash Drive refuses to be bootable

Hi I have used my Corsair Flash Voyager GT 16GB as a boot drive many times, bur recently it has refused to want to boot any OS, It just displays this blinking hyphen.
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How does disk utility show negative disk usage for a USB Drive?

I have a 16GB (I think) USB flash drive. When mounting under OS X, the disk utility reports a capacity of 16.71GB, and available space of 18.52GB. And therefore shows that I have used -1.81GB of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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USB Flash drive issues

I've searched online but can't get an answer. Must be how I'm asking the question in the search bar. I've found that when making a bootable USB stick that some sticks will work without issue and ...
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Cannot make MHDD bootable from pendrive using windows 7

I downloaded an MHDD iso file and tried to make my USB bootable of the same using power ISO.But the mission failed.Why its not able to make the pen drive bootable?
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Computer seems to repeatedly result in flash drives going over to write protect mode

I have a desktop computer into which I routinely plug flash drives. Recently, two of those drives have activated their write protection for no reason, and were immune to any attempts at formatting ...
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camouflaged process thrashing drives

Someone I know has a slow Windows XP computer and they asked me to look at it. I found that the drive was constantly being accessed, and so would be any removable drive that was plugged in (making it ...
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Linux Red Hat fails to mount encrypted USB stick in exec mode

I'm having trouble with an encrypted USB stick. In order to view the encrypted partition, software on the stick must be executed, but as soon as the stick is plugged in, it is mounted with executable ...
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USB transfers very slow (kB/s range only)

However When plugging my USB 2.0 flash drive into the USB 3.0 port of one of my laptops running W8 Im only getting around 2.5 kB/s! sometimes if its a larger transfer it will trail of to nothing at ...
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No partition on USB Flash Drive?

A friend gave me a corrupted USB memory stick to try recovery data from. But I've had some unusual results, so thought I'd share to see if anyone is familiar with this problem... First off I just ...
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Create a bootable pendrive for Sun solaris operating system

I am using windows 8 operating system. I want to create bootable pen drive of sun Solaris operating system. I want to do this task in windows 8 operating system. How can i do this? Is there any third ...
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Kingston DT 101 G2 16gb Flash Drive not showing on desktop

Somehow my flash drive is not showing on my desktop anymore. Maybe it wasn't disconnected properly. There is light on it so there is power but still not showing on my 2 x 3 GHz Dual Intel MacPro. ...
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USB malfunction preventing system shutdown and My Computer page fails to load

I own a Lenovo G530 which is running Window XP Service Pack 3. I have run into some problem which concerns the USB ports. Yesterday, I inserted a USB flash drive (pen drive) into one of the port. ...
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Windows 7 does not recognize any USB drive with my user account

I can't use any USB flash drive in my computer, as when I insert them, there is an error that says that I can't and if I want to format it. It happens with every usb and just when I log in with my ...
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Laptop crashed while BIOS update

[...] I installed a BIOS update the other day and while the update was still in progress my Laptop crashed. Ever since, I cannot boot my device. As in many forums described my screen also remains ...
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Installing windows xp keeps repeating setup from USB

I'm trying to install windows XP from USB but after setup copies the files. It says it has to restart. And when it restarts, it comes back again on the setup. It is repeating the same process again ...
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Flash drive gets locked when deleting a file if the drive was removed during file copy

I have some trouble in Ubuntu 10. When I start to copy a file to my flash-drive and then during the copy operation I remove my flash-drive I get an error, as expected. Then I plug my flash again and ...
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How to make my SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4GB disk back to normal?

Currently, my SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4GB have become a 64MB Firebird RAW flash drive (thumb drive). I don't know why it become like this but when I plug it into a PC, it suddenly transform itself to ...
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UNetbootin installation of Ubuntu Server fails and restarts computer

I tried to install Ubuntu Server from a flash drive using UNetbootin, because my optical disc drive is broken. When I created the bootable drive using UNetbootin, there was no problem. When I tried ...
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Can't write to Flash drive anymore, only reformatting helps

On Ubuntu 10.04, I often cannot write to my Kingston flash drive formatted as FAT32. The only thing that helps is reformatting the thing. I do not know why this happens – can it be prevented? I ...
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Automounting a USB flash drive on Fedora 16

How do I get Fedora 16 to automount my USB devices? USB flash drives will only mount if plugged in before I log in to my account. If I insert any flash drive after log in, the light on the USB flash ...
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USB flash drive under ubuntu

My system (2.6.38-11-generic #50-Ubuntu) does not bind plugged usb flash drives. I can see devices with lsusb and I see udevd getting events from kernel: KERNEL[1317495074.878775] add /devices/...
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usb stick no longer working

One of my USB-sticks suddenly stopped working. I get the following errors in Linux: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=512 count=1 dd: writing `/dev/sdc': Input/output error - sudo mkdosfs -F 32 ...
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How to reference other locations in making multi-boot live cd

There is a tool in pen drive linux that allows you to boot directly with multiple iso files. And here is a sample in the menu.lst which allows you to choose which iso file you want to boot. title ...
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What are the downsides of running Linux off a pendrive?

I recently replaced my PC with a new one, moving my hard disks from the old one to new. I'm planning to use the old PC to control some tinkerer's machinery in the garage; problem is it's currently ...
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Bitlocked USB drive lost power, doesn't work

PC lost power while it was copying files to my encrypted 64gig USB thumb drive. When it came back up Windows 10 would just repeatedly pop up and say the drive needed to be formatted. I disabled ...