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

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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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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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Is it a sign of trouble when Windows mis-recognizes the brand/model of my thumbdrive?

I have an assortment of USB thumbdrives, which I use often on a few different Windows 7 machines. Occasionally, when I insert one or the other of them, Windows will completely mis-identify it--I'll ...
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Audio player corrupts USB stick: workaround?

Consumer radios, CD players, and car stereos often have a USB port, to play mp3's from a FAT32-formatted USB stick. However, some models don't just read files, they also corrupt files. How can such ...
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USB device not detected in Ubuntu 12.10

I have Ubuntu12.10 installed. But none of my USB ports detects any USB device. But the same USB is detected in Windows OS . How to detect USB device in my Ubuntu system ? Output of lspci : 00:00.0 ...
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Linux command to identify the USB connected to a server

Imagine you have two identical USB-stick connected to your server. You are connected with ssh. When you type lsusb you can see the two USB drives. My question is: If you want mount this stick "Bus ...
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Dropbox offline on USB

I have a Dropbox account and I use it to share files among a few PCs. Now I need to use these files on a PC where Dropbox is blocked. I'm thinking on moving these files to a USB and use them there. ...
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Fedora 20 not finding USB stick when booting

Fedora 20 system has a USB stick used to back up important files nightly. When I reboot the system it does not find the USB stick. If I then pull the stick out and plug it back in, the system finds ...
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OSX Yosemite USB Flash Drive Missing Space Issue

I purchased a 128GB flash drive. Available space after exFat formatting is 123.6GB I transfer roughly 25GB (a TON of files beyond the 100,000 range) from another flash drive onto this one. I now have ...
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Trying to boot Kali Linux from Flash Drive on a Windows 8, just boots Windows 8 instead

It took a lot of headache to get to the point where I actually had Kali installed to my PNY flash drive (using Universal USB Installer), but when I finally reached the moment of truth and tried to ...
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USB 3.0 linux live boot issues

I have a problem with booting any live linux distribution from USB flash drive 3.0 (Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 16 GB). When I do the same with USB flash 2.0 (Philips) => create bootable usb (using ...
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New PNY 64 GB 3.0 USB Thumb Drive Not Showing up in Windows 7

Just bought this thumb drive, I plug it into my desktop, and nothing shows up in File Manager or anything else. It is listed in my Device Manager, but doesn't seem to be recognized fully. The thumb ...
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Can't automount USB stick with Fedora 21+systemd-udev, could with Gentoo on same machine

In Gentoo I had created a small script that was called by udev and allowed me to mount an USB device, identified by its serial number, to any mount point I chose. Basically, ...
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Using PC as a virtual USB flash storage device

I have a Linux server that has an application installed which writes its logs to a connected USB flash drive. I need to have a constant access to these logs which means I cannot unplug the USB flash, ...
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How can I log into a windows domain with a usb key

I would like to log into a windows domain (active directory) with a USB key without having to install a client on every workstation. My use case is for Elementary School kids who have issues typing ...
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Kali Linux Live USB: Flashing _ on boot-up

I have installed Kali Linux onto a Live USB using dd if=kali.iso of=/dev/sdb1 However, upon boot it just has a flashing _ in the top left corner...
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Fixing inaccessable usb flash drive

This problem first appeared when a friend of me tried to copy some files from my computer. The transfer of 29GB stopped and the process could not be aborted, it just froze! So I pulled out the usb ...
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Unable To Format Infected Pendrive Write Protected

My 16 GB HP pendrive is write protected ( we didn't do it! ) by some trojan/virus that infected in it. My McAfee AV is detecting the trojan but can't do anything about it since the pen drive is write ...
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Dual Bootable OS in single Flash drive?

I want to use Ubuntu as well as Windows using 1 flash drive. (32GB) Is it possible? I mean it should show both Ubuntu as well as Windows.
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USB Flash Drive does not work on startup

I have a brand new Corsair LS 128GB usb drive. If I keep it plugged into the computer and turn the computer on, it never shows up under Computer. I heard the audible tone to say a USB drive has been ...
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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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cannot boot kali usb

I downloaded - from http://www.kali.org/downloads/ - Kali Linux 32 bit ISO and then sha1sum-ed. blkid shows my usb on /dev/sdc1 then dd if=<path-to-kali.iso> of=/dev/sdc (I have also ...
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My USB pendrive always goes read-only, what can I do?

I have a transcend 16 Gb usb pendrive. I save my daily works to it. I wrote a bash script to copy the contents of my working directories to the pendrive. The bash script contains only "cp" and "mkdir" ...
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An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data

I have the Windows 7 installation media on a USB drive. I get the error "An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data" when I boot to it on an older computer. The drive ...
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Restoring Windows 8.1 is blocked by UEFI

I accidentally wiped my Windows partitions while installing Ubuntu, but fortunately, I did a complete backup before trying to install it. The laptop is a Yoga 2 Pro, if that helps at all. The ...
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Installing OS from a flash drive's directory?

I have quite huge (64GB) flash drive with some data on it. And I'm wondering if it's possible to create a directory with bootable Windows 7 / 8 / Linux on that pendrive so I'd be able to install OS ...
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How to clear any partitioning on an USB flash device on Win7 without admin rights?

I am in a bit of a bind. I need to use my USB device to create a live-usb in order to boot into either my Windows7 partition. However, I do not have access to a computer with admin rights in order to ...
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Password protect folder on USB flash drive for use on Windows XP and a Mac

I would like to password-protect a folder on my USB flash drive, so when someone tries to open the folder, they are prompted to enter a password. I have a Mac, but also need to use the flash drive ...
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Create bootable USB drive for Windows 8 clean install on UEFI

How do you burn a Windows 8.x ISO image to a USB drive such that it can be clean installed on a PC with UEFI enabled? I tried using the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool, but the target PC didn't see ...
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USB multiboot: Everything except Clonezilla works

I am trying to add the Clonezilla live iso to my multiboot USB key. Every other distro seems to work, but Clonezilla boots to the prompt (initramfs) instead of launching properly. I have modified ...
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Hard drive is detected as USB flash drive

My external hard drive (USB 3.0) is detected as a USB flash drive in 'My Computer' and I can't access the device by using Window Explorer and from the command line. Before that happened, it installed ...
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How do I make a USB flash drive writable on Linux?

I want to reformat a SanDisk Cruzer Edge USB flash drive but it appears read-only: $ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdg dd: failed to open ‘/dev/sdg’: Read-only file system I checked the readonly ...
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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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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 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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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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Pendrive without any partitions on it

I got a pendrive with only partition table on it (lsblk outputs /dev/sdc, but not /dev/sdc1). Is it fully safe just to create partition on it and format it?
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Burning DVD's to Micro SD card on Win 7:

I am running Windows 7 with WMP. I have DVD's I want convert to MP4's so I can view them on a mobile device. The mobile device uses Micro SD cards. I cannot seem to get WMP to burn directly to the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Really strange windows 7 behavior (usb devices not working)

I'm having a really strange problem with a Windows 7 SP1 machine. All of the USB devices (except the mouse and an external USB audio card) are not working. I've got no clue what the hell is wrong with ...
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flash disk size is not normal after using suse image writer

Ok I don't know what to do, and decided to ask here, here's the problem : I have a 8 GB flash disk that i use to boot image. I decided to try opensuse 12.3, and then i use unetbootin to extract it to ...
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SanDisk USB drive - used space doesn't add up

I have a 32GB SanDisk USB drive (vfat partition type). It's as I received it - I haven't played around with the partitioning or added any encrypted sections or anything. The disk properties show that ...