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

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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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How to do a factory reset on a USB flash drive?

I have a 8 GB Sandisk USB flash drive. Recently it became write protected somehow. So I searched in Google and I tried to remove the write protection through almost all the methods I found. ...
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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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How can I create a Ubuntu liveCD to use from a USB flash drive?

I am trying to install Ubuntu on a 2 GB USB flash drive for my job. I don't want to install Linux on my personal desktop, but it seems that Ubuntu requires me to that to in order to copy some ...
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Can every flash drive incorporate MBR or GPT?

I got two flash drives. When going into the "Disk Management" from Windows one of them has neither the option to be converted to either MBR or GPT while the other one does. Is there any reason for ...
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How to make a virtual USB drive in Windows?

How can I make a virtual USB drive in Windows? Can it be done with DAEMON Tools or something like that? The reason is that I need the USB drive to use them instead of a physical USB. Sometimes I need ...
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Permanently delete files from a flash drive

I heard some people mention that files are deleted from flash drive for good, there is no tracing back. Is that really true? If not, how do I permanently delete files from it? I have a sensitive ...
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While running a batch file in Windows 7 with Admin rights from a thumb drive, how can I get the file path back to the thumb drive?

I have a piece of software that is being distributed to several departments for installation onto Windows 7 laptops. They install software from the thumb drive and then they have to run a script to ...
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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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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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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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USB Flash Drive is writeable but can't delete files

I have an external HDD, which can be powered by either using a Power Supply or the USB port itself. When I use the USB to connect directly to my computer, I can access the Filesystem, can Copy Files ...
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How to encrypt an USB stick?

When storing personal data on a USB stick, data needs to be encrypted to ensure privacy. Regrettably, this is far from easy to do without introducing a lot of overhead; ideally, the whole encryption ...
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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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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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Why are USB flash drives so much slower than solid-state drives?

From what I understand, USB flash drives and solid-state drives (SSDs) are based on similar technologies, NAND flash memory. But, USB flash drives are usually quite slow, with a read and write speed ...
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Access 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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Double click on drive does not open it

I have Windows 7 x64 Pro. This problem happens only with removable drives. Whenever I double click them I get an "Application not found" error, instead of having explorer displaying it's contents. ...
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What is the danger of inserting and browsing an untrusted USB drive?

Suppose someone wants me to copy some files to their USB stick. I'm running fully-patched Windows 7 x64 with AutoRun disabled (via Group Policy). I insert the USB drive, open it in Windows Explorer ...
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Chipbank udisk - How to create readonly partition for company catalog purpose

I've ordered some usb drives for my company with laser logo and so on. As we had no time to wait for the "preloading" of the catalogs, we got them blank. I checked with a tool the chipset of the ...
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Too much time taking to read a USB flash drive when connected to system

I use HP G62 laptop which runs on Windows 7. For 3 days it takes more time to read a pen drive when connected, that is the pen drive appears not suddenly in the My Computer after it is connected. ...
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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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Flash drive shows in My Computer but can't be accessed

I have a flash drive. When I plug it into my (Dell, Windows XP) computer it appears in My Computer as an empty drive - not a disk with no files on, a drive with no disk in! Double-clicking drive J: ...
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Kingston data traveler 160

I seem to have accidentally deleted the driver for my Kingston data traveler 160 flash drive and can't seem to find a driver download to fix the problem! When I tell the computer to search online it ...
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Formating pendrive in Ubuntu

The pendrive contains a virus and I'm unable to format it due to write protection and I haven't enabled it. I searched the Internet to format it from terminal but it always failed with write ...
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Using a SD card as a pendrive

Does using any SD card (along with a reader) in the same way as USB flash pendrive give lower lifespan to it? Or, could it also depend on the type of SD card (and reader)?
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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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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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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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How to remove write protection from sandisk cruzer switch pen drive?

I have a sandisk cruzer switch pendrive. It is write protected. I want remove that write protection. I did Google very much i am not getting how to remove it. I tried on mac also but it didn't worked ...
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Is possible to encrypt only selected files with TrueCrypt?

I have a pen drive with some folders in it's root. I want to encrypt all of them except one. Is possible to do this with TrueCrypt? Maybe this is not the right tool for this task, but I don't know ...
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Two exact same USB flash drives(sticks) not exactly the same

I just bought two 8 GB USB flash drives, SanDisk Cruzer Fit (http://www.sandisk.com/products/usb/drives/cruzer-fit/), they are exactly the same. Since I planned using them as Mac OS X install drives, ...
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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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DiskPart Not Using Unallocated Space

I'm trying to use DiskPart to create two partitions on my flash drive. One for storage and one for a bootable OS. I've used BootIt as suggested in this question/answer, however it doesn't seem to ...
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MS DVD/USB download tool where is located?

After install MS DVD/USB download tool, I cannot locat it in either Start, neither Program Files. The installer GUI and the MS webpages are not providing any information. I have Windows 7 x64.
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USB Stick Becoming Write Only

I am running windows 7. I have a 2GB flash-drive running a strawberry Perl portable edition. I was spending time installing CPAN modules this morning when suddenly my disk became write protected. ...
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Why does it take so long time to permanently delete files from a USB memory?

I'm deleting a Python installation folder (12000 files, 256 MB) from a USB flash memory from Windows. It is currently expected to take 40 minutes. Why? I thought it would be enough to change a couple ...
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Why does the transfer rate of my USB 3.0 flash drive drops 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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Verfity the Writing of an ISO Image Written with dd?

This question is similar to How can I verify the read/write integrity of a compact flash device?. However, I've want to write an ISO image and then verify the ISO that's been written (and not verify ...
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USB Drive access denied in Win 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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Kingston USB stick failure

I have a 32Gb Kingston Data Traveler 100 G3 usb drive that stopped working after I unplugged it from my LG Smart TV. Now when I connect it to either my work laptop (running Linux Mint 16) it shows ...
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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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Encryption Program for Flash drive data

Is there a program that I can use to encrypt my flash drive? I would like to be able to access data from any computer, however, so the program will probably have to reside on 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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Create a bootable device manually, without ISO burn

I'm looking to create a bootable USB memory stick. However the USB stick has data that I can't afford to delete. If I were to burn an iso image on it the ordinary way, say with Ultraiso, the data will ...
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Pen drive has a write-protected issue

My pen drive has become write0protected. Even when I am trying to format it is giving write-protected problem. I tried many solutions I found on the internet, but all failed. Here are my pen drive ...
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Is it safe to run an operating system from an USB flash drive?

I've got a laptop that has a broken harddisk controller. Replacing the motherboard is quite expensive. I thought about buying a flash drive and installing & running the system from it. However, ...
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Backtrack 5 R3 not detecting USB drive - macbook pro A1278 (EMC 2554*) dual boot

I have installed Backtrack 5 R3 and the USB drive I am trying to get some files from isn't being detected at all. Backtrack detects the ports, but not the device (USB thumb drive). The drive is ...
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What are the prerequisites for a USB device so an OS can be booted from it?

I've been reading a bit about it, and although things are more clear to me now, I'm still in the dark about some details. What determines (apart from having a newer BIOS, the one that enables you to ...
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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? ...