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 Legacy Support, Memtest86+ reboot, and booting from usb flash:

I'm having issues with my rig so I decided I probably should do a full hardware sanity check. I always start with Memtest86+, the very latest version. I discovered that my computer resets while ...
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One USB flash drive to rule them all

Yesterday I purchased a 32GB USB flash drive. I have a myrid of systems in my home, and would like to have one flash drive with setup files for all the various systems throughout the house. I kept ...
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Slow Transfer Speed Between USB 3.0 Devices

I have an SSD installed, and when I'm transferring to or from an external HDD via USB 3.0 I get speeds of upwards 100mb/s. However if I'm transferring between 2 external HDDs both on 3.0 I get a ...
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Ghost boot disk on a pen drive

I am in process of ghosting several windows 7 machines. I have disk but no pc comes with floppy drives. So I need an external so I was hoping to create a bootable pen drive with ghost. I have the ...
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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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usb flash no longer bootable?

Hi I have a sandisk 16gb titanium cruzer, a bit dated but its worked like a charm for years. I partitioned it years ago to get rid of the U3 stuff as it just annoyed me and I have for a long time used ...
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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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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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How to make a virtual USB drive in Windows?

How can I make a virtual USB drive in Windows? Can it be done with DAEMON Tools or something like that? The reason is that I need the USB drive to use them instead of a physical USB. Sometimes I need ...
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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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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 ...
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Cloning flash drive while preserving empty space

I'm working with an industrial PC running Windows XP embedded. The PC has a 2GB compact flash memory which acts as main drive. I would like to clone the 2GB flash memory to a card with 8GB space. How ...
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Create a bootable USB with DFT using UNetbootin

My Dell inspiron 8600 crashed and on restarting its showing the "unmountable boot volume" error. Occasionally the HDD is also making a strange clicking noise. I suppose the HDD has died. It looks like ...
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Batch file on usb drive

I'm trying to create a batch file that will run from a usb drive that copies files and folders from the host pc then creates a folder on the usb drive with the users name and then paste the files and ...
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Using HDD partition as USB drive?

If this is the wrong community to ask this type of question, please redirect me to a proper place. I have an /archive partition on my hard drive containing all my personal files, projects, papers, ...
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Laptop freezes upon booting Linux distributions from USB flash drive

I'm trying to boot a live distro on a VAIO YB35AL ultrabook. It doesn't have an optical drive, so I'm using a USB flash drive, and deploying the Linux ISOs to it using either unetbootin or Universal ...
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USB with Linux Partition convert for Mac?

I have a USB drive that I somehow managed to partition it as "Linux" (according to Mac) as I did format and copy the files on a "Linux" OS. Is there anyway for me to convert it to be readable in Mac? ...
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USB flash drive unreadable after a few minutes on Windows 8

I recently got a new computer with Windows 8. I a have a number of large backup files I am moving from my old PC to my new one. I was able to successfully copy the files to a couple 16 GB flash ...
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Create Windows backup when booting from a USB stick

I have a new system image installed on my notebook disk that I would like to save for later restoring. I can only use Windows functions after initialising that Windows installation which I don't want ...
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Windows XP USB driver

I am facing a problem with a Windows XP SP3 (Home Edition) and USB devices. When I connect a USB Stick device, it is recognized but the Hardware Wizard pops up and I cannot find any drivers. The USB ...
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Why does USB thumb drive screw up boot sequence?

I am looking for understanding to a boot issue. I have at times had some files and such that I save and retrieve from my thumb drive. I use the front panel as it is nice and easy to get to and I ...
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Windows 7 immediately disconnects a USB drive

I am having a problem with Windows 7 x64 consistently disconnecting one specific USB mass storage drive immediately after it is connected. The drive in question is a Cowon C2 digital music player ...
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Traces left in OS after copying files between USB drives

If I plug two USB flash drives into a networked computer running Windows XP and copy files from one to another, are there any traces left and can the specific files be traced? I dont want any of my ...
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Can you change the name of a flash drive on the boot menu?

I have two Staples brand Flash Drives. They work fine and they boot okay, but they have the same name on the boot menu, so when I have them both in the computer, I can't tell which one is the one I ...
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How to use one Clonezilla flash drive to automatically restore two or more different images to different computers?

I have a computer enviroment with a lot of machines with two different hardware configuration, for example, 100 machines with Atom processor and 100 machines with Core i3 processor, and I want to use ...
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Use an Arch Linux installation pendrive as live one

I have my Arch Linux installation pen drive and I'm wondering if I have to install it on other disk or flash drive. Can I use this installation pen as there was a system and install X11 and all ...
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How do I change my pendrive's icon and restore hidden files after it has become infected?

My pendrive had a virus on it. I scanned it with Kaspersky and Malwarebytes, and it caught many viruses. My pendrive icon has been changed to a folder icon. I tried to change it, but it's not ...
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How can I format a USB drive as limited user without administrative privileges on Windows XP?

I'm trying to format my corrupted USB drive from school, where the Windows formatting tool has been disabled by the Administrator. Is there any alternative utility I can use? (preferably portable, ...
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Can't open bitlocker with flash drive

I have activated Bitlocker on my Windows 7-64 bit Ultimate machine. The system put the key on a thumb drive. The system will not open with the key on the thumb drive. It is the same key that ...
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Auto-backup pendrive

Do you guys know any tool for automatically copying the contents of a pendrive, once it's plugged in? And, if possible, run into the background?
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opening a GUID usb stick in windows 7

so I have a mac which I have files on. I put in a GUID formatted usb stick and dropped some files on to it. took the stick and plugged in to my netbook with win7. In Devices & Printers it shows ...
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Lost USB 2.0 functionality, then found it again!

I was about to compose this question around the problem that my USB 2.0 ports had suddenly become USB 1.1 ports and solicit ideas on troubleshooting. Then I discovered that a reboot "cured" my ...
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pendrive automount not working

There are lots of ways to disable pendrive automount. I used one, but regreted, forgot which one and now need to reenable pendrive automount. It may have been a changed setting after pressing a button ...
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HP Usb storage Format tool : Error

I have a 2 GB Kingston Usb drive. This is working fine- I am able to format and access from 'My computer' I am trying to format this drive using HP USB Storage format tool to load a bootable image ...
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Writing an image to a flash size resulted in loss of size

After i wrote Linux Mint LiveCD image to my 16GB flash, the drive's partition shrunk to 14.9GB. Formatting doesn't help and although Disk management shows that partition doesn't take the whole space ...
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Unable to mark pendrive as active

Unable to make my Usb-flash-drive Active.I have used the dos command but nothing fruitfull happend what should i do.I can not clean it though clean command using DOS.
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My usb flash drive (Lexar) has very important documents from my Grad.

The flash drive I am using for Graduate school (has my life on it) is telling me to format the drive. I have already done this and if I do it again, I will lose all the data. How do I fix this?
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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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Files and folders are copied as shortcuts to flash drive

When I'm copying folders and files from my internal hard disk to the flash drive and the opposite, the folders and files are copied as a shortcut instead. Avira Antivirus hasn't found anything. How ...
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Windows prompts to format a USB flash drive containing a valid file system

I've got my Windows 7 Operating System acting weird lately, when I insert a USB flash drive, it says that I must format it although it already has a valid file system. I've tested them on my friends' ...
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USB not correctly formatted

I have formatted a usb flash drive withs size of 2,5 GB and now it shows me that it's size is 8 MB. How can I fix it to be 2,5 GB again?