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 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 fix corrupted filesystem (shows as RAW) in USB device?

I would like to ask if you know how to fix a corrupted USB? I've tried the diskpart command but it didn't work. The media is write protected. Do you have any idea that is much better? I need to fix ...
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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 OSX 10.8 inside the VM. Whenever I try to connect my USB drive to the Mac OSX guest, it just doesn't gets recognized, i've already tried ...
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Copy iTunes playlists to pen drive for car

I want to transfer my iPhone playlists from a MacBook Pro to a flash drive for use in the car. However, when I select "export" it just exports a "txt" file. How can I export the playlist properly ...
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Has my flash drive failed? (no media)

Flash drive model: Kingston DataTraveler SE9 64GB I was restoring the back-up I had made on my flash drive after re-formatting and reinstalling Windows 8.1 Pro, and it started behaving weirdly. ...
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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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Ubuntu 14.04 - can't find usb flash stick

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 with gnome shell (I think this information may be useful) and laptop mode tools installed. I can't mount just one usb stick (OCZ ATV 8GB) "lsusb" command: Bus 002 Device 003: ...
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USB flash drive manufacturer serial number [on hold]

How can I retrieve the manufacturer serial number of an USB flash drive in java? i look at this How to get manufacturer serial number of an USB flash drive? but it doesn't help me.
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Bootable USB flash drive for detailed system specs [on hold]

Is the a piece of software that I can put in a USB flash drive and boot from it to detailed system specs like in cpu-z for example, without the need of windows to be installed. Thanks
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My 8GB Toshiba USB drive became 4mb in size how can i restore it? [duplicate]

My 8gb USB drive just became 4mb. I already tried the diskpart method, bootice, HP USB Storage Format. But still the capacity still the same. Is there other way?
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How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive?

What's the best way of placing a bootable ISO on a USB drive? ISOs such as a live Linux preview disk, Windows installation ISO, etc.
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Create Windows USB Stick from DVD

I have a Win7 PC with a Windows 8.1 DVD in the drive and an ISO I made from that DVD on the hd. an empty pen drive of 8G an Ultrabook, on which to install Win 8.1 a 56k Modem connection no USB DVD ...
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Flipping the Removable Media bit — alternatives to BootIt? [closed]

There's a utility called the Lexar BootIt utility that flips the Removable Media Bit on certain USB flash drives. I want to flip the bit on my USB flash drive (it's supported) but really am not too ...
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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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Formatted USB flash drive with Disk Utility on Mac and now it is not recognized on any Mac or Windows machine

I have formatted Canyon CN-MP4A USB flash drive with Disk Utility on Mac and now it is not recognized on any Mac or Windows machine. I have formatted with Disk Utility > drive > Erease > ...
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How does Windows tell if a drive plugged into a PC is a hard disk drive, a solid state drive or a flash disk drive?

Can someone explain technically how Windows identify the type of drive plugged into a computer? I'm asking this question because I'm about to create a program that will only write data into a ...
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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 do you partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive?

Out of the box, Windows will not allow you to partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive. How can you do this? In case anyone is wondering Why you would do this? It's interesting in the case of a BitLocker ...
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Why did NTFS-3G via Homebrew stop working?

I followed the directions here: NTFS-3G via Homebrew installation If you have [Homebrew][5], installing NTFS support is as easy as running the following in a terminal: brew install ntfs-3g ...
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How to create a Windows 7 installation usb media from linux ? (to install Windows 7) - Help need to know better method

I have been reading some web pages and posts here and in other forums about how to create a Windows 7 installation Usb media (to install windows 7 using a usb) from linux. I asked in technet about ...
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Can't access USB drive anymore

I have a 32 GB Lacie Cookey USB flash disk that doesn't show in the Computer window but it's visible as a device. cmd > diskpart DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size -------- ...
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Running Spinrite from a USB drive?

I need to use SpinRite on my notebook which has no CD-ROM. How can I install and run SpinRite from a USB thumbdrive? Such that I could boot the notebook up with a thumbdrive and start SpinRite. Are ...
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How to make a multiboot USB key?

I want to cut my 8 GB USB key into several partitions to use WinToFlash for a Windows XP (maybe nLited before). I also want to put the Framakey ubuntu-fr remix pack into it such that it has the ...
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How to create multiboot flash drive

I've found a guide here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multiple-iso-from-usb-multiboot-usb/ And found this menu.lst in my flash drive, which seems to be the one that I'm seeing when I boot using ...
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Block device file exists but “No media found” error rises on access

I have problem with my USB flash drive: block device file appears in /dev (/dev/sdc) but when I try launch fdick, mount or event cat on it, "No media found" error rises root@nuclight:~# ls -l /dev | ...
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Long life storage devices [closed]

Which is the best storage device for long life(to preserve the data for more time)? Is it pen-drive or DVD or Hard disk? Or is it any other than these three? I also want to know why one is better ...
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A computer that fails to boot if certain USB devices are plugged in

I don't have an active problem with this but I am curious. Over time, my repair work has lead me to experience many instances (repeatable and reliable ones) where a computer (desktop, laptop, every ...
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Windows XP and 2000 format differences

I am using a system with old flashdisks, and I need them flashed as FAT drives in order for my product to interact with them. When the disks are formatted through Windows 2000 it works. However, when ...
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Is my SONY USB flash drive dead?

I have a following problem: when I plug-in my USB flash drive, it isn't shown in Windows Explorer or recognized by system at all. In device properties, it is shown as: USB MEMORY BAR ...
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Is it possible to read sensitive data from a stick that was removed from the PC?

I have sensitive data on my personal pen drive, but the pen drive is read from a shared computer. Could anyone read my sensitive data on the drive after it's been removed from the computer? Are there ...
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How to convert exFAT to FAT32?

How to convert an exFAT-formatted USB flash drive to FAT32?
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What does the output of fdisk mean?

I've got a flash drive and I want to understand the properties of it as is outputted from fdisk. I inserted it and check the dmesg and I could see that it was mounted as /dev/sdb1 so I ran fdisk to ...
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USB drive is not opening

I don't know why I cannot open the contents of my flash drive. When I plugged it into my laptop, Windows 7 did not recognize it. In My Computer, it's transparent like this: When I click the icon, a ...
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USB Flash Drive Firmware

So I have been opening up my flash drive's device file and I have two questions. First, what is everything contained in the file? I know that the first 512 bytes are the boot manager, and that ...
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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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Unix BIOS/Boot Record on USB Flash Drive

I have been trying to learn a bit more about USB drives, and am curious about their MBRs. Essentially, I open up the device file of the USB drive and give a hex dump of the first 496 bytes of the ...
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Unable to open files in USB flash drives

When I want to open my USB flash drives, it has an error with the below text: There was a problem starting~$WUDFFPBD.FAT The specified module could not be found.
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Repairing corrupted Pen Drive

Last night, I formatted the Pen drive using Windows formatting tool. Once the format was done, I pulled it out without using "Remove device safely". Next time, I plugged in the device, the drive is ...
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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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Flash drive problems

I bought a what was supposed to be a 64 gb flash drive and I checked it out and I found out it was a 90 something gigabyte removable drive and it also has some weird files that can't be ...
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USB Flash Drive shows empty but definitely had non-hidden files

I have this 16 GB USb Flash Drive and I remember storing a lot of data in it. I used this several weeks later on my Windows PC and it fails to show any files on it. None were hidden and even so, my PC ...
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Windows 7 will not automount (assign a letter) a flash drive, behaves really strange

I have a SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4gb that I use often. Today, after using it to install ubuntu on another pc and plugging it to my main computer, windows 7 refuses to mount it (IE the drive does not ...
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Why did my flash drive become “read only” and (how) can I fix it?

I have a brand new flash drive (one week old) that has become marked as read only, by Windows, Kubuntu and a bootable partitioner. Why did this happen? Is it fixable? If it is, how can I fix this? ...
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Folders visible on flash drive, but no files

For no apparent or obvious reason, the files of my usb-flashdisk (32gb) are not visible/gone. The drive is located, I get an 'autoplay' dialogue and all the folders are visible, but all the files ...
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USB Drive access denied in Windows 7

I have this new flash drive in my office Win 7 machine where I am unable to copy files/folders. takeown /F E:\ says Access is denied and when I try to change/add users in the Properties> Security > ...
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How do I fix a Memorex USB 8GB flash drive that shows 0 B available?

Memorex USB 8GB drive that shows 0 B available. I don't know if it's mechanically broken or something is wrong with it. Even disk part shows it as (See Disk 2) Any ideas? EDIT: The bios shows it ...
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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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USB stick appearing as hard disk drive, not removable storage device

I just plugged in a very simple 1GB USB stick from the office in hopes of making it a Fedora Live USB stick. For that to work, I need a removable storage device, or else it won't appear in LiveUSB ...
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Folder only seen with unticking “Hide Protected Operating System files”?

I got an external flash drive, plug into my school's lab for use, and came back noticing all my folders have gone missing! The space shown taken is still the same, then i played around with all Folder ...
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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 ...