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

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How do I make a bootable USB flash drive that can run memtest?

It seems that the canonical instructions for making a bootable USB flash drive that runs memtest are at: http://forum.canardpc.com/showthread.php?t=28875 However, after following them to a T, I boot ...
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USB hard drive doesn't graceful power off after eject on Windows 7

I have a couple of Seagate FreeAgent Go external USB hard drives and would like them to gracefully power off after ejecting in Windows 7. With Windows XP a few seconds after they are ejected they ...
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Thumb Drive Organization

A thumb drive is obviously a chunk of EEPROM, including a controller/microprocessor to store/retrieve the files stored on it. The operating system normally communicates with the thumb drive, and all ...
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How to format a USB stick (flash drive) with FAT32 for use on Linux and Windows?

I want to format a memory stick for moving data between Windows 7 and a non-networked Ubuntu server (Precise). I'm not sure that either of the two ways I've tried are correct, even though I can read ...
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How to find Windows 7 File Transfer History?

Is it possible to find out which files are transferred to an external usb flash drive in certain period of time? To be more clear. If I/someone have a flash drive and take some data from me. How do ...
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USB devices recognised on Windows 7, but not on Windows XP

In the last week, some of my USB devices have failed to be recognised on my Windows XP SP3 laptop. It first happened with 2 external USB HDD enclosures connected through a mini USB hub. Connecting ...
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Full Ubuntu Install on USB

I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 in a 16GB Verbatim USB flash drive so I can boot my computer from the usb and have a full ubuntu running (I also need an encrypted home folder). I just want to run ...
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Install OpenBSD from a USB flashdrive : “No OS” message on boot

I'm attempting to install OpenBSD on a fancy new home server equipment I just bought. I followed this guide to create a bootable USB flash drive from an OpenBSD VM I have on my laptop. But when I ...
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Windows 8 deployment from USB

My goal is to deploy Windows 8 via USB to several computers. The systems I'm working with have come with GPT parted HD's. I have set up one the way I'd like it, sysprepped and captured the ...
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What are the differences bewteen using ISOs vs extracting distributions in multiboot LiveUSBs?

I've created a multiboot pendrive with a couple of Linux distributions by using the YUMI tool from pendrivelinux, and by default it extracts the content of the chosen operating system's ISO on a ...
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RAIDing flash drives

The other day I had what I thought was a great idea - I could buy up a bunch of cheap USB 2.0 drives and fill up the spaces in my 7-port USB hub for a super-fast RAID device! But in the light of day ...
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Why can't I mount my USB drive on ArchLinux?

I just started running ArchLinux and things were going swimmingly enough until I ran into this problem--I feel like I'm missing something obvious but I'm just not sure what it is. When I try to mount ...
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Can I install Windows XP, Vista and 7 from the same USB flash drive?

I'm usually the person my friends call when it's time for them to turn back the clock on their computers and reformat, but none of them seem capable of hanging on to the Windows installation discs ...
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Serve up PC hard drive as USB mass storage

Is there a software package available that can serve up a hard-drive internal to a PC and make it available over USB to other USB Master nodes as mass storage? Ex: take your C: or /dev/hda drive on a ...
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Did I screw up my USB stick? And if not, how can I fix it?

Basically, I am doing various tests with Linux/BSD and USB booting at the moment. I had a live CD for a firewall that offered to partition a (hard) disk. I tried to use my flash drive for this - It ...
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XAMPP is reading OS's htdocs instead of my USB drive's

I recently got XAMPP Lite for my USB drive on Windows 7. Everything runs fine from my USB drive, except when run it in browser. Instead, XAMPP Lite on my USB drive reads the htdocs from XAMPP on my ...
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Which would be more reliable for data archival - SD card or a generic USB thumbdrive? [closed]

I've been thinking lately what should I preferably use for data storage and archival. I will say in advance that I do not use flash memory as the only storage media - I also keep my data on the hard ...
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“Correct” way of UDF formatting a USB drive

I managed to UDF format my USB drive following the instructions in Using UDF on a USB flash drive. Later, I came by this post and I began to doubt... Could anyone explain which would be the "best" ...
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Create an unformattable USB drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make a USB drive read only. Is it possible to format a USB memory stick so that it cannot be formatted again? What I actually need is to write software (using C# ...
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Home server - HP Proliant Microserver - Software and setup - OS on USB stick?

I've just purchased a HP ProLiant Microserver for home use. I want to set up with web server, samba shares, the usual stuff. My question is really about system setup. It has an internal USB socket so ...
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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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Cannot boot from Yumi multiboot USB stick

I've just created a multiboot USB stick using Yumi. I tried to start my notebook (Asus K70IO) using it, but all I see is just a black screen with blinking underscore even after waiting for minutes. ...
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How large of a USB stick do I need to create the “data media” using Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools?

I just bought a Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet (4294) and I'm trying to use the Factory Recovery Disks application within Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools to create "boot media" and "data media", but I don't ...
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Make a USB stick act like a CD

I used to have a U3 memory stick that came with two partitions, the FAT32 one with data and one that acted like a CD drive so that the executable in it ran automatically under Windows. How can I make ...
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MKV video suddenly stops playing after random time - what could this be?

I have this HP USB drive (16GB, NTFS formatted) that has, a MKV video. The USB is always detectable, so is the MKV, but when I connect that USB drive with that MKV video on my HT-C5530 home cinema ...
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Why are my flash drives getting formatted?

I've had two cheapie flash drive from Microcenter, and they booth out-of-the-blue became unformatted. When you insert then in the USB drive, windows says "The drive is not formatted. Do you want to ...
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Setting filesystem mounting umask on OS X

(Using Snow Leopard.) When I plug in a flash drive formatted with FAT32, the permissions on all files on the drive are set as 0666; between colored ls and my obsessive-compulsive nature, this is ...
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What is it that makes some USB sticks not-bootable?

I recently got a 64GB USB stick and planned to make it a system repair multitool, with different Linux and Windows installers and live images, but I seem to have a USB stick that cannot be booted. ...
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Plugging the usb device makes PC go crazy

When I plug in the usb flash drive, Windows 8.1 won't recognize it. Then when I plug out the mouse (so that I can plug in the flash drive instead), this happens: the usb drive is still not ...
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Why does it take so long time to permanently delete files from a USB drive?

I'm deleting a Python installation folder (12000 files, 256 MB) from a USB flash drive, using Windows. It is currently expected to take 40 minutes. Why? I thought it would be enough to change a ...
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Quality control for a large number of promotional USB flash drives

My company is ordering a large number of USB flash drives for promotional purposes as well as retail sales. We will be getting a sample of them shortly to test. The previous lot that we had failed ...
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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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SysRescueCD on USB flash drive

I managed to install SysRescueCD on USB flash drive so that it boots a dell laptop, but for some reason it doesn't boot a desktop PC that I have. The BIOS provides 3 different options to boot from USB ...
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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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Windows 7 boot from downloaded .iso

Downloaded Windows 7 .iso off the net and want to install from USB key on old laptop (previously/still running XP) that has no CD/DVD drive. Here's what I've got so far: Read the instructions in ...
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Which Ubuntu-like Linux OSs work well on a flash drive?

I want a Linux OS that I can load on a flash drive, but I don't want to relearn an entire operating system. I want to know which tiny Linux installations are most like Ubuntu. For example, I'd like to ...
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How do I create a bootable USB Flash PcRepair Kit?

I do PC repair on the side and am looking to use a bootable flash drive as a PcRepair Kit. I'm also looking for anit-virus, anti-malware, Data-Recovery, Hardware testing. It would be great if it was ...
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Cannot format 8GB USB Drive Partition

So, I have a 8GB USB thumbrive I am trying to format so I can use all 8 (or 7.27 to be exact) GB in a single partition. The drive already has a 943 MB partition, which I figured I could extend to ...
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Is exFAT safe to unplug without unmounting first?

I'm hitting the 4GB limit of FAT32 on USB drives more and more often. However, being able to unplug the device without unmounting it first is a must have for me. I've noticed exFAT recently, however I ...
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How to protect copying files out of flash memory?

I have customers who want to buy large amount of flash memories but he wants to copyright all files inside it. The flash will contain files that will be delivered for his customers but they're not ...
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Why does Chromium run so slow in portable mode?

I am using Chromium on a flash drive through LiberKey and it does everything I want it to do as far as syncing my Chrome bookmarks from home, etc. But it's soooooo slow. If I open more than 1 tab, or ...
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Booting from pen drive - possible or not

I have an iso file of operating system's set up. Now, I don't have dvd burner right now. But the alternate - 4gb pen drive is available. If I copy entire iso file to pen drive, Can my system boot ...
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USB stick doesn't mount, but is detected. How to repair?

I have a USB stick plugged in my PC, which is running Windows 7. In 'Computer', it won't show up. In 'Disk Management' (diskmgmt.msc) it won't show up (but sometimes it will). But in 'Devices ...
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16GB USB flash drive shows as 16MB and is unusable

I have a Sandisk Cruzer 16GB USB flash drive, but it started to show up as 16MB. And I can't use it, it tells me that I need to format the drive or Please insert a disk into drive X. What software do ...
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How do you make the root of a flash drive read-only?

I'd like to make my flash drive read-only just for the root to stymie the Trojan Dropper autorun.inf's and bad EXE's on computers I'm fixing. Anyone have any good ideas to keep from getting these ...
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Copy-proof flash drive

I'm looking for a solution that make it possible to make a flash drive which protects the data from being copied so that the data is data could be "played" only The main aim for the flash drive is to ...
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How can I Install Linux on flash disk with NTFS filesystem?

I would like to install Linux (Ubuntu) on a Flash disk with NTFS partition and boot from flash disk, is it possible? If yes, how could I do this?
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Why does unplugging my thumb drive result in a blue screen?

When I unplug my thumb drive, Windows XP Pro almost immediately BSODs. How can I stop this? It happens whether I use "safely remove" or not, and will happen with other USB drives as well.
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How can I securely erase files from a USB drive, using Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to wipe a USB hard drive [Author edit] Actually I think the duplicate is this one: Permanently delete files from a flash drive [/edit] I have a USB stick returned ...
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USB Drive is Very Slow

I recently bought a Patriot Xporter XT Boost 8GB Flash Drive whish is supposed to be one of the faster flash drives but it seems extremelly slow. For isntance Firefox takes several minutes to load. ...