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

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Can you force xbox 360 to boot from a bootable usb? [on hold]

Anyone know if you can force the xbox 360 to boot a operating system on a usb flash drive? Thanks
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USB flash drive unreadable after a few minutes on Windows 8

I recently got a new computer with Windows 8. I a have a number of large backup files I am moving from my old PC to my new one. I was able to successfully copy the files to a couple 16 GB flash ...
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USB created from using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool cannot boot

I try to install windows 7 using a bootable usb. I use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and run it without any problem. Then I reboot my computer and set the first bootable device to "USB HDD" and ...
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USB flash drive that can receive files wirelessly/remotely?

I am looking for a USB flash drive that I can send files to wirelessly or remotely; one that I can transfer files to without actually having to plug it into a computer that the files are on. Does ...
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OSX Yosemite USB Flash Drive Missing Space Issue

I purchased a 128GB flash drive. Available space after exFat formatting is 123.6GB I transfer roughly 25GB (a TON of files beyond the 100,000 range) from another flash drive onto this one. I now have ...
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What is windows 7 secretly putting on formatted USB drives? [duplicate]

Initial actions: I wanted to copy some files that were very close in total size to the USB stick memory size (<8G). So I checked size of all files vs available space. A few more KB were needed for ...
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My USB has my stuff in it but it says it's empty [duplicate]

Yesterday my USB was working 100% fine before I went to college yesterday. I added some new files to it, took it to school, plugged it into my teacher's computer, and nothing shows up. It says it's ...
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Can't Format PenDrive(SanDisk Cruzer Blade)

Plz read complete question before marking Duplicate. I have a Sandisk Cruzer Blade 16GB Pendrive(No warranty left). It have one movie file in it now, though copyable, not playable. Problem is I can't ...
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How to fix a Corrupted USB

My USB stick has suddenly stopped working. It's a Busbi 4GB. My USB used to be G:/ but as soon as I plugged it in, I used to get a pop up box showing that it was plugged in. Now, when I plug this in, ...
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Using WinToFlash to create bootable flash drive

I have Windows XP but I want to upgrade to Windows 7. Since I have no DVD-ROM drive (only CD-ROM) I used WinToFlash (v0.4.0021 beta) to create bootable flash drive with Windows 7. After Windows Setup ...
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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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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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Trying to boot Kali Linux from Flash Drive on a Windows 8, just boots Windows 8 instead

It took a lot of headache to get to the point where I actually had Kali installed to my PNY flash drive (using Universal USB Installer), but when I finally reached the moment of truth and tried to ...
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Automatically mount external drives to /media/LABEL on boot without a user logged in?

This question is similar, but kind of the opposite of what I want. I want external USB drives to be mounted automatically at boot, without anyone logged in, to locations like /media/<label>. I ...
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How to stop “Do you want to scan and fix drive” message in Windows 7?

I use my USB flash (thumb) drive quite often to move data between several computers (Macs and PCs.) When I plug in this flash drive into Windows 7 it shows this message: "Do you want to scan and ...
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Windows 7 USB power lose after a few seconds / minutes

My friend's computer has a problem where the USB ports causes problems with the power of some devices connected to the computer. The USB mouse has no problems, however the Wireless Adapter looses ...
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Restore deleted Windows 8.1 recovery partition

I selected the option to create a recovery drive in Windows and then deleted the recovery partition using the option provided (see screenshot). Now I want to restore the partition exactly as it was ...
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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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USB Flash Drive Capacity Lost

I have formatted a UFD with low level format tools (PNY company) for a reason and now i have lost some of the original capacity. I'm sure that flash drive had not bad sectors. how I can return these ...
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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 do I upgrade BIOS on my Asrock E350M1

I've downloaded the latest BIOS for the Asrock E350M1 motherboard to have DDR3 1333 compatibility. I followed the instructions: I formatted my USB drive with sudo mkdosfs -F 32 -I /dev/sdb1 and df ...
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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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Installing Chromium OS on USB throws error

I'm trying to install Chromium OS on my netbook via USB. I have the USB, went into Disk Utility, clicked erase. And it erased all data. Format is Fat 32. However, when I run the Chromium OS Image ...
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How do I solve the issue with CD/DVD drive device driver missing when installing Windows 7 from USB memory stick?

I downloaded the official 30-day trial ISO of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit from here but after using different USB memory sticks, I always get to a problem of required CD/DVD drive device driver ...
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USB 3.0 linux live boot issues

I have a problem with booting any live linux distribution from USB flash drive 3.0 (Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 16 GB). When I do the same with USB flash 2.0 (Philips) => create bootable usb (using ...
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Can't boot flash drive on GIGABYTE motherboard

Situation When I try to boot from my flash drive, my GIGABYTE 970A-UD3 motherboard returns this: Loading Operating System ... Boot error All other motherboards I've tried support booting from that ...
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8GB USB pen drive showing 700MB after formatting

My 8GB pen drive is now showing 700MB after I formatted it. I've created Ubuntu Desktop bootable USB drive using Power ISO. After I formatted it. Now it's showing 700MB. Why is that? I'm using ...
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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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Using Batch File to Transfer files to flash drive when connected [duplicate]

I have about 1,000 flash drives that I need to move a set of files onto. I'm looking for a way to reduce the amount of time this will take. Thoughts: Attach task to the event of connecting flash ...
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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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Windows 7 doesn't recognize second partition on removable disk

I created two partitions on my removable Flash drive, but Windows doesn't recognize the second partition. Both partitions are NTFS and primary partitions. And this image is in disk management on ...
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system halts when booting from USB drive with 64bit system

Hi I battle with the troubles lately. x58-ud5 rev1; i7-920, 12GB RAM; system start halts with error code 50h when bootable USB drive inserted with 64bit system Description: During upgrade from ...
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When I non-quick format a USB flash drive in Windows, what actually happens?

Using quick format (right-click on drive in file explorer) in Windows (8.1) is a quick way to remove the files on a USB flash drive. But what happens when I use the ordinary format on a USB flash ...
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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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“Need to format the USB Flash drive” message… can the data be recovered

I have a USB flash drive, that when plugged into any machine (XP, Vista or Windows 7) the following message is displayed: Indeed looking at the drive in Disk Managment the file system is recognized ...
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“System volume folder” always appearing in USB storage stick

Whenever I move or copy video files from the PC (Windows 8.1) to my USB storage device and plug it into my TV, I always see a system volume folder on the USB device. This folder can be seen on the PC ...
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Install Debian to USB without unplugging Hard Drives

As the poster of the following question Install Debian To USB With State Saving I want to install Debian TO a USB drive. The problem is that in said question is said to make the process easier if the ...
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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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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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32GB Flash Voyager doesn't work on new PC with USB 3.0

I have recently built a new PC and my pendrive is not working correctly. When I plug it into the USB port (I have only USB 3.0 ports), Windows recognizes it and lists it in Explorer, as usual. I ...
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Cannot reformat bootable usb drive on windows

So I made this linux live usb and I'm having trooble returning it to being a regular storage drive. I'm using windows 7, by using compmgmt.msc I can see the drive but I can't format it. usually when ...
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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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Windows Unable to complete the format

I am using windows 7 in my machine. My pendrive got corrupted while i was using it. so i just removed the pen drive, then again when i inserted my pendrive it was showing as some other unrecognized ...
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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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How important is the 4k speed test for real world applications, in a USB flash drive? [closed]

So I am evaluating which flash drive to buy, and at the moment I am considering some USB 3.0 drives, which has a similar sequential R/W value. The difference is that for the 512k test, the values are ...
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Why is the “USB Device” option “not present” in my Dell Optiplex BIOS?

I want to install Fedora 15 from a USB drive, which I prepared with UNetbootin. The official documentation says: Insert the memory key into a USB port and restart the computer. When F12 = Boot ...
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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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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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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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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 ...