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

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I installed a fresh windows 7 now no driver and unable to detect pendrive

I installed a fresh windows 7 on HP laptop, now no driver, no internet connection and unable to detect pendrive. Please help.
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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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Install of Windows 10 loops when installing from USB Drive

I have a system running Ubuntu. I am trying to get rid of Ubuntu and put Windows 10 on the system. I have a USB created with a 64-bit version of the Media Creation Tool. At a certain stage in the ...
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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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How to setup Windows to not put my external drive to sleep?

Every time I use some external device (pen-drive or external hdd) on my desktop, after some idle time my Windows 7 put it into sleep state, turning it off. Sometimes it sleeps and dont come back. ...
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How exactly is an image made to be “bootable” by a system?

I've long known that you cannot simply put a disk image on a CD or USB flash drive and expect it to boot, but what characteristics make an image bootable? I ask this because one of my computers ...
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Can Windows tell me what is using my USB drive?

Being the good citizen I am, I left-click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in my taskbar, and select my USB drive to dismount. Then I get the message: Windows can't stop your Generic volume ...
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Create Windows 10 bootable/installation USB drive

I created Windows 10 installation USB drive using media creation tool provided by MS. (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/) At first I thought it was USB bootable and also ...
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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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USB trouble - 2.0 storage device often connects as 1.0

I have been facing some problems with the USB ports for a while. The problems happen mostly with the front USB ports, not as much the back ones. Connecting a USB 2.0 storage device sometimes gives ...
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Is it safe to convert a MBR flash drive to GPT?

I just bought a new flash drive (128GB) and I want to partition it. I have run into problems (AKA windows not recognizing a second volume if I partition it) because it is an MBR drive. Are there any ...
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How to make my PC recognize my USB hard drive as a USB flash drive

I wanted to install a official ISO image of windows 10 for another PC.I already have the key so I only need a installation media for the process. I installed the MEDIA CREATION TOOL from the official ...
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How to clone USB stick so the second one is also bootable like the first one?

I have a bootable USB stick with Acronis True Image and i want to copy it to another USB because right now the situation is like this: 1st. 16GB USB stick = Acronis True Image 2nd. 2GB USB stick = ...
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Why does USB drive run at the speed of USB 1.1 when connected to a USB 2.0 hub?

I have a strange problem with my USB drive (WD Express). When I connect it to my Windows PC's only USB port, it works at high speed (USB 2.0). However, when I connect it to a USB 2.0 hub as the only ...
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Can I install Windows OS (Windows 7) on a removable USB hard drive?

I wanted to take a sneak peak at Windows 7 so I thought of installing it. I have Windows Vista on my laptop which came pre-installed with it. I didnt want to mess with it. So I created a partition (...
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How do I make a bootable USB flash disk of Windows setup on my Kali Linux system?

I have Kali Linux currently running on my laptop. I want to install Windows 7. I don't have CD ROM ,how do I make bootable USB having Windows ISO? Which software will help me? Or just how to make ...
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Windows 10 Creating recovery drive on 4gb usb stick

I'm creating a windows 10 recovery drive onto a 4GB usb drive, however the requirement states, 'at least 4GB'. Should this be enough? Can I place this onto DVD instead?
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How to make 100mb SD back to 32gb?

only 100mb used, 29.23gb is not. clicking 100mb see help, clicking 29.23 see options and help only..
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What (if anything) do I gain by mirroring partitions on the same USB drive?

I have a small amount (a few dozen items of a few kilobytes each) of essential data to store, which I will need to access over the coming decades. While the data is highly confidential, its value to ...
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How to run Windows from a USB flash drive? [duplicate]

My laptop has Linux installed. I want also to be able to run Windows 7 or 10 from an USB flash drive without installing it on my computer at all. And I want to be to install software to it also. How ...
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Use one USB drive for 3 purposes: OS/recovery installation/data

I have a high performance USB drive and decided to use it for multiple purposes: it should have an OS installed in, like Ubuntu (possibly server version for a lighter weight OS), then when I boot ...
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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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Pen drives doest not copy any data

I am using HP 64 GB pen drive and formatted to FAT32 from exFAT. When I insert it in any computer and copy files to it, they disappear when I click refresh or eject it. Under properties it does not ...
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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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How to make a pendrive write protected?

I want to make my pendrive read only. Its in FAT32 but does to some reason i can't find the usual edit-user permission tab in properties? Please help me.
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USB sticks and multiple partitions

I've got a USB stick with multiple Partitions on it (FAT32 (active), FAT32, Ext2, but that's another story) and it seems like that my Windows XP can only mount the first partition of the stick. If I ...
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Problems booting from USB drive

Recently I decided to install Debian on my USB drive. I downloaded the ISO file (SHA256 checksum verified), burned it to a DVD and used that to install Debian. The installation finished successfully, ...
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How to format write protected sandisk pendrive

How to format SanDisk Curzer Edge 8GB pen drive when it is half bootable. Because of some laptop's charger issue i could not complete process. Now i want to format it but could not success. I have ...
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Dose the size of a USB flash drives storage capacity influence its transmission speed?

Someone tell me that a USB flash drive with smaller capacity have faster transmission speed, is that true? If so, could someone please explain the reason for that? P.S. English is not my native ...
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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 OS X 10.8 install inside the VM. Whenever I try to connect my USB drive to the Mac OS X 10.8 guest, it just doesn't gets recognized. The ...
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Folders turned to file - all files from them lost

Here is what's happened: usb drive (FAT32) got pulled from Mac w/o eject. 2 folders became 0byte files. Miraculously, no errors in FAT!!! And that is the problem! File recovery soft (CnW fully ...
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pendrive is appearing and disappearing

My pendrive is recognized on every computer but it will appear and after some time will disappear causing windows to show a FAT32 error. In Windows XP it says that the hardware is damaged. This ...
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Why does the transfer rate of my USB 3.0 flash drive drop after a few seconds of copying?

I've just bought a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 64GB flash drive. The spec says that the drive's max read speed is 80Mb/s. I only have a USB 2.0 port, and I've made these tests: Writing a 4GB file on the (...
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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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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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Using pendrive as flash back in win 10

I want win 10(64 bits). I have already win 10(32bits) on my pc.I know I need to do a clean install but I don't have DVD so i will use my pendrive So I want to know if it would delete my file In the ...
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How do you disconnect a USB drive when getting a “this device is currently in use”?

My daughter had her thumb drive plugged into my desktop, doing some work. She finished, logged off of her account and I logged into mine. I noticed that she left her thumb drive in the USB port, and ...
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Bootable USB device requirement for ASUS Eee PC 1000HE

Does the EEE require a particular USB flash drive capability or property? I have a Sandisk flash drive that boots correctly on every accessible USB-bootable computer. For some reason the 1000HE BIOS ...
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Pen-drive / USB-Drive not working after installing ubuntu in it

I put in ubuntu in pendrive and made pendrive bootable by unetbootin. Now the pendrive doesn't work anymore due to that, it is not opening, when I put in windows OS, it doesn't show its total space ...
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Writing small files to a flash drive (USB key)

What is the block size for writing to a flash drive (the minimal size that gets erased and rewritten)? Does it depend on the block size the drive was formatted by, or is it independent of that? Does ...
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Unable to Boot from USB

I am unable to boot the Windows Vista Setup from my USB. I originally set up my computer to dual boot with Windows XP and Windows 8.1. However I wanted to replace my installation of Windows 8.1 with ...
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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, such that the drive is bootable? ISOs such as a live Linux preview disk, Windows installation ISO, etc.
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Format USB Drive

I have a USB Flash Drive. While formatting the drive with the Windows 7 it failed leaving the message which is: windows was unable to complete the format I can see the drive with the Windows ...
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What are the downsides of running Linux off a pendrive?

I recently replaced my PC with a new one, moving my hard disks from the old one to new. I'm planning to use the old PC to control some tinkerer's machinery in the garage; problem is it's currently ...
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Can't find the file specified

So I inturrupted a dd for windows operation, and now my usb stick won't work. I saw this post but, it's solution doesn't work for me, as i don't have a chromebook. Attempts to format the drive just ...
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Trouble creating a RAID setup with my Flashdrives

I have been trying to get my RAID to work with my 2 16Gb flash-drives but it does not want to work. For what I have no clue. What are the steps that you have done to get yours working, because maybe I ...
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Installing Windows XP from USB pen drive

I want to install Windows XP on my desktop computer (only XP), but my CD drive is not working. I've only found installation tutorials on how to install it on the pen drive rather than from the pen ...
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Recovering information from a damaged (reduced in size) MicroSD

I've got a 16 GB MicroSD card previously used in a Galaxy smartphone. What I see now is a disk hardly recognizable by a card-reader. The one that actually could have recognized it shows a disk with ...
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No GUI when Booting in UEFI From USB Flash

I'm trying to dual boot my new Acer V5-122p with the pre-installed Windows 8 and Linux Mint 15 Mate. The laptop doesn't have a DVD drive, so I have to boot through USB. When I boot Mint in UEFI mode, ...
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How to install Debian from a USB drive?

I've got a shining new x64 laptop running Windows 7 and I want to dual boot Debian stable. I've installed Ubuntu on loads of laptops in the past using a USB drive, but I can't find decent ...