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 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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Windows 8 usb boot install never works

I have two usbs, one with win 7 on it and another I have been putting win 8 installs on The win 7 stick works in all systems but the win 8 won't work with only one The evil PC is a gigabyte amd ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PNY 64GB Thumbdrive doesn't work in HP Envy h8-1414

I bought a 32 GB thumb drive (similar to the one below) and copied my wiki on to it using my Windows 8 laptop. I then plugged it into my HP Envy h8-1414 which has Windows 7 shoe horned onto it. ...
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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 ...