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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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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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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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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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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How to access an USB stick from FreeDOS?

In relation with this question, I am trying to get some files onto the hard disk of a freedos-only computer without a CD/DVD reader. Networking seems not to be easy under freedos, so I turned to USB ...
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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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“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 ...
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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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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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What else limits readyboost space?

I’m trying to use about 5GB a 64GB usb flash drive—already formatted as exFAT—for ReadyBoost on a 64bit Windows 7 machine, but the slider for space to reserve ends at 4094MB. After 2 hours of ...
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Media file won't play from the flash drive, playing from HD

I have a number of media files (avi, mp4) which are working properly and can be played on my PC. (Windows 8) However when I copy the files to a flash drive (exFAT, fresh formatted) just a few can be ...
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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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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 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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How to backup a flash drive automatically each time I plug it in?

I remember using a program to do this in the past, but I can't find it anymore. Regardless of that, in Windows is there a way I can automatically backup a USB flash drive each time I plug it in?
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Troubleshooting USB Boot issues

No matter what I try, I can't seem to get my computer to boot from USB. I would very much appreciate any help. I'm usually quite good at these things but the solution here eludes me. I have been ...
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USB not recognized or showing a drive letter

I have a SanDisk Cruzer that suddenly stopped being recognized today. It's two years old and has been through the washing machine a few times (though not recently) so it's entirely possible the ...
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Copying files from external HDD to USB stick - will files remain anyhow on the computer's system drive?

Just wanted to see if you could help me out with something. I moved some files (all in one folder)from an external HDD to a jump drive using my work computer. This HDD was old, and I wasn't sure of ...
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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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How to prevent “evil maid” attacks? How to move /boot to a USB pendrive?

Apparently using full-disk encryption is not enough to secure a computer, because the /boot partition is not encrypted, and could be modified to include a keylogger. I have read about different ...
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How to disable execution of shell scripts and executables on USB device?

We have a industrial system(running on linux) with a USB port. We have the USB port only for copying certain data. Other than this we don't want the USB drive to contain any other executables or ...
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Is it possible install Windows and Linux on a USB device?

It is easy to install Ubuntu on a USB device. I can install Windows 7 on USB with the help of nt6.zip. But how can I install both Windows and Linux on USB?
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Is my flash drive dead?

My flash drive did not eject correctly from a Linux machine, (Fedora 12, I think) and now I can't get any machine to recognize it. I've tried Windows and Linux machines. (I don't have access to a Mac) ...
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How do I remove a partition from a write-protected USB drive?

Just got this USB drive as a freebie. It has two partitions, and only one is write protected ... so it's not a switch. Tried EnableUSBWrite.reg And tried reformatting from cmd. Diskpart doesn't list ...
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How to securely store data on a USB flash drive?

I want to store some important data on my USB flash drive. Data should be in an encrypted format and the data should be retained on the USB drive even if the USB flash drive is formatted. Is there any ...
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Filesystem for Linux OS on cheap thumb-drives (liveusb)

Simple version: what filesystem (or more complex setup, perhaps) is best for use on a liveusb system? LiveUSB system with filesystem directly on the drive, not one with compressed system image a-la ...
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How to automatically show USB camera or memory stick contents in Icewm?

I normally use a very lightweight Linux setup. No desktop like Gnome or KDE, just Icewm as the windows manager and nothing else that normal users might consider essential. Well, I do need a file ...
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Unable to view USB stick/drive contents

I plug-in my USB stick, copy a file from the hard drive to the USB stick, and safely remove the USB stick. I then plug out the USB stick. When I plug the USB stick back into the computer again, the ...
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USB Boot Menu made with EasyBCD does not display

Using EasyBCD I have created a bootable USB Drive. I am able to boot to the USB drive on my PCs (tried multiple computers) but when the USB's boot menu should display all I get is a cursor like this: ...
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.exe file cannot be deleted because it is open in Host Process for Windows Services; how do I delete it?

How do I delete this file? When I try, I get this error message: I've tried using cmd prompt for shortcut files i.e. attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* I've tried unlocker to delete the .exe files as ...
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Kali Linux(Live Version): Linux resets after restarting Live version?

A few hours ago I mounted a legitimate Kali Linux (x64) on a USB 3.0 32GB drive. When I boot a PC from a USB device and select the Kali Linux USB drive, I select the 'Live (amd64)' option. I ...
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Slow file transfer speeds

I was moving a file about 180 Megabytes from my external hard drive (7500 rpm, 1 TB) to my 8GB flash drive. It was moving at about 20-40 Megabytes per second when the speed started to drop down to 2 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...