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 go back to using the defult operating system on my pc, if I am booted up with a different OS saved on a flash drive?

I was super excited to try to boot up the Linux software Ubuntu on my Samsung PC that I had saved to my flash drive, I did all this research to do it right, and I got it to work, but I am borrowing ...
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How to protect file on USB from being copied?

How can I prevent file on USB flash drive to being copy and paste either via right click or drag and drop copy to other device that is hookup to it like a PC ? The file will be PDF, document file, JPG ...
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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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We can Use pen drive as ram but how it will be similar to normal ram's(DDR,DDR2,DDR3) and is it suffcient as ram [on hold]

We can Use pen drive as ram but how it t will Help in Continuing the same thing for a long time with out upgrading the RAM which it means if we are having a pen drive of 32GB is it equivalent to 32GB ...
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USB hub damages an external hard disk (and storage devices) on use attempt

I recently bought a USB hub because I find myself needing more than just two USB ports on my prebuilt laptop. However I come to the problem that when I use an external hard disk with it I cannot ...
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A powered USB hub that automatically formats? [on hold]

I am going to start off by stating that I don't know if this exists yet or not, but I am stuck. What I am trying to make/purchase is a USB hub that is able to automatically format the drive, wiping ...
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having troubles booting yumi multiboot on my windows 10 pc with a sandisk ultra usb 3.0 flash drive

I have been trying to multi-boot Linux distros on my MSI WS60 Windows 10 pc with a new 64gb Ultra 3.0 SanDisk flash drive. I have tried to troubleshoot the fast boot with Windows 10 and format the ...
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Not able to Format USB from all possibilities

I have a Sandisk Pendrive of 16GB. Unfortunately, I filled the pen drive full except for 0.98 GB free space. Now when I am trying to use that USB drive in my PC, it is just loading and then I get ...
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Cannot mount a USB pendrive

I have no problem to mount the USB pendrive from file browsers (Nemo, Nautilus, Dolphin, etc). But I have a pendrive, which cannot be mounted from the file browser. The error message is: Not ...
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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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Variability in Memory on USB Drives [on hold]

I teach some basic statistics to computing students and have this basic question... I have no idea is this the correct stack to ask this question on... Take a brand of USB drive --- say USBforMe --- ...
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8GB memory stick only showing 49MB

I have an 8GB Sony USB memory stick and only 49 MB are being detected. I've tried on multiple USB ports and tried formatting it several times. I checked it for errors and it said none are found. I ...
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How to make bootable pendrive for Windows 10 from Ubuntu?

I want to install Windows 10 Technical Preview x64 in my computer, I have downloaded the .iso file. Now I need to make the USB stick bootable but I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit so how can I make ...
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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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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 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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What damages can occur if flash drives are not safetly removed?

What damages can occur to my computer or my flash drive such as pendrive if I don't safety remove it before plugging it out after any read or write operation on my pendrive also if there is no read ...
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How to fix a write protected NTFS type usb

Tried registry method and musb tools. But doesn't work. It's a 32GB Sandisk pendrive, and it's formatted in NTFS. The following write protection error appears:
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Way to recover my corrupted php file in my thumb drive?

My files are there but when I open the file it gives my weird looking letters. My res folder is now a file for some reason. So I'm pretty sure it got corrupted I just don't know how to fix it. ...
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win 10 bootable device not recognized in bios

My PC is stuck on recovery message(err 0xc0000034). I tried to boot from a win 10 usb device but its not recognized in BIOS. Surprisingly' on the same usb device, I flashed ubuntu and it was ...
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My computer recognizes the flash drive but I cannot open the files

My computer recognizes the flash drive but I cannot open the files. I got a prompt showing USB name, date modified and time, type(shortcut) and size (0KB). What can I do?
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Can I make a bootable Mac OS USB drive with access to a Windows PC and Inernet but no running Mac?

I've inherited a MacBook Air with no internal drive that is otherwise working and has been diagnosed at the Apple Store Genius Bar. I don't have access to any other Mac but I have Windows PCs and ...
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HP BIOS Corruption Recovery failure

My HP laptop model Pavilion dv6 7039tx is not able to boot. The screen remains blank and the Caps Lock LED is blinking twice. I checked on the HP site, it says the blinking pattern means it is a BIOS ...
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What happens if you just unplug swap drive from running system?

I'm running heavily leaking apps on server which have already swapped out about 60gb of garbage in their over 100 days uptime. At the point when I've run out of swap for the first time (32gb) I ...
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effects of partial Coca Cola exposure on Lexar flip-drives and Cruzer Glide [duplicate]

I had three Lexar Micron flip-drives and one Cruzer Glide on my desk when I spilled some Coca Cola and about the bottom one-quarter of each flash drive was immersed in the cola. All of the Lexars were ...
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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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Recovering a Partially Formatted USB Thumb Drive

I have a USB Thumb Drive that I was going to use to install Windows 7 with. While formatting the drive with the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool it failed leaving my USB drive in an unusable state. I ...
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Device not initialized, can't reformat

So I'm unable to access my flash drive because it doesn't initialize when I plug it into my computer, and when I try to initialize it I get "device not ready." There's nothing incredibly important on ...
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Size 0 B listed in diskpart, can't create partition

I have a 4GB flash drive that I'm trying to use, but it seems to have become corrupted somehow. When I run list disk, it shows Size 0B Free 0B, and tryig to create a primary partition gives "DiskPart ...
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Cannot boot to a Windows usb disk [closed]

I have legacy boot enabled and have tried to forcefully boot to it but it says: "No partition active". I need to boot into this to do a system repair.
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Regularly plugging in SSDs to increase data lifetime

I am aware that SSDs and flash drives lose data while unplugged. How much does plugging them in regularly (monthly or weekly) increase data lifetime?
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Captive portal from USB dongle

I need a router which will show an html-page stored on usb-flash-drive to newly connected wifi-user. The page will contain a form, and results of this form should be stored to usb-flash-drive. Is it ...
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Connecting a USB Flash Drive to Storage Spaces

I have been playing around with Storage Spaces for a while now, originally in Win 8.1 and now 10, and have found the technology to be so useful. I have recently come into possession of 10 64GB USB ...
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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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How to remove USB stick properly and without elevation when no drive letter is assigned [duplicate]

I have a USB stick which has no drive letter assigned because its only partition is encrypted with VeraCrypt. Before removing the stick from my computer physically, of course I first dismount the ...
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EFI Boot Grub on USB Stick

I'm trying to install ParrotSec Linux on an MBR USB stick. The root folder in mounted on sdc5 and I have an ext2 partition on sdc3 containing grub configuration, vmlinux and initrd. I have another ...
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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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Unable to format a Pendrive (UDF)-TrusCont Protected

I received a Pendrive from my coaching classes loaded with notes and videos. The content in the Pendrive is protected and now the content has expired. I am unable to view the content any more and it's ...
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tring to take read only and write protect of flash drive

I have a 125 GB flash drive that is read only and when i take that off then it goes to write protected. and goes back and forth between the two how can i fix it so it wont be read only and take the ...
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Why is my USB Flash Drive Now Read-Only?

Suddenly my USB Flash Drive (8gb Corsaire Voyager) is suddenly read-only, and I'm not sure why. There is no "read-only" switch on the drive. All of the data is still there. But nothing can be ...
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Windows 10 USB boot drive Is write-protected [duplicate]

I'm currently running Windows 7, but I created a Windows 10 boot flash drive (using a SanDisk Cruzer 8 GB) for a different computer a couple weeks ago. I didn't delete the boot media after I used it, ...
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How to partition a pendrive?

I am using Win 7 RTM, with Acronis Disk Director suit. Is there a way to partition my 4gb pendrive.
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How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive?

How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive? It will not mount or format on Windows Vista or OSX Tiger. Disk Utility sees the hardware, but no partition to mount. Testdisk ...
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Why can't I delete all partitions on a flash drive in Windows 7?

Recently I purchased an ADATA C802 8GB flash drive. Since the drive was new I decided to run some of the HD Tune Pro (v4.50) performance tests on it, mostly just for the heck of it. To avoid ...
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Can't boot from USB Stick on USB hub anymore

So a while ago I've created a bootable USB stick with Kali Linux (with encrypted persistence) on it. Since I wanted to use it with a mouse on my Surface Book 3 I have bought a USB hub (Kali Linux has ...
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USB flash drives doesn't show up but ports are working

My USB flash drives do not show up when I connect it to my USB ports. The USB ports are working fine because I can connect other USB devices such as mice, printers etc and they are working fine. The ...
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Windows 10 Media Creation Tool “We can't find a USB flash drive”

I am running Windows 8.1 and am trying to download Windows 10 for installation on another machine. I have a brand new 4GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB drive that has been formatted. In the Media Creation ...
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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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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 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 ...