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

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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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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 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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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 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 ...
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Direct communication between an USB flash drive and a PC over another PC

Assume that an usb flash drive is plugged in a pc and a usb cable is plugged in the same pc. Is it possible to create something like a direct connection between the end of the usb cable and the usb ...
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Speed difference between Portable HDD and USB Flash Drive?

I am considering purchasing one of the following for data backup purposes. In either case, they would be used with a USB 2 port on XP Home SP 3. Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive ...
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USB Hub requires “Scan for hardware changes” to detect my USB HDD

I have two hubs (let's call them D-Link and Amazon) and two devices (a USB stick and a USB HDD), and I've noticed the following: Plug the USB stick in the D-Link hub: Detected immediately. Plug 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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How do I burn an ISO on a USB drive on Mac OS X?

what's the best way to get an ISO "burned" to a USB stick on a Mac? Restoring using Disk Utility does not work. The ISO is ubuntu mini.iso. It is the minimalist install ISO for installing ubuntu. It ...
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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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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 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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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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Stupid CD/DVD driver error trying to install windows 7

I'm trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate Edition (Win7_Ult_SP1_English_x32.iso) on a newly wiped laptop using a bootable USB key I made with Rufus. However it's going straight from "Setup is starting.....
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Biometric USB Flash Drive with 10+ Stored Fingerprints

I'm looking for a biometric (means it reads fingerprints) USB flash drive that allows 10+ users' to access with their fingerprints. I need this to store sensitive data to which our support team is ...
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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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USB pen drive suddenly became read-only

Kingston DTSE9 16 Gb USB pen drive (genuine one) suddenly becomes read-only. It has been used in a car, permanently plugged in into the USB socket as music collection for approx 6 months. It was ...
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How to fix my pen drive?

I have a Toshiba Pen Drive. Whenever I plug it to a computer, it shows a message saying- You need to format the drive before you can use it. I have tried repairing it via the command prompt ...
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Partially formatted flash drive

i was formatting my flash drive when we randomly lost power and now i have a flash drive that is recognized as a device but not a drive so don't tell me to use DISKPART. not recovering files just 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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How to speed up rsync?

I'm running rsync to sync a directory onto my external USB HDD. It's about 150 gigs of data. 50000+ files I would guess. It's running it's first sync at the moment, but its copying files at a rate of ...
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What options are there for making an Equipment Driver and Instructions CD?

A manufacturing company sends a CD or USB out with its equipment that includes the Drivers and Opensource Software needed to use the equipment along with manuals in the form of PDF files. For the ...
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Why does my flash drive speed slow down when copying?

After a few minutes of copying, it just gets slower and slower. Why? e.g. It starts with 20 MByte/sec, and when it finishes with it, it's @10 MByte/s. Various files, big, small, etc. UPDATE: ...
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Unable to format or write to USB drive

By mistake removed USB drive from Mac while copying something to it. After that, not able to either format it, or write to it. On clicking "Erase" on disk utility in mac, am seeing this error: ...
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Remove write protection of flash drive from firmware

I bought an HP v220w 32GB flash drive 2 months ago and it's been working perfectly until yesterday when all of a sudden it became write protected. I've tried evey simple, non technical way to solve ...
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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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Windows 8 pagefile on usb FLASH

Not duplicate :) Windows 8 hides usb flash drives in the list of virtual memory drive list. The picture taken when I installed 2 usb flash drives but they are not in the list. Any body knows the ...
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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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Bitlocked USB drive lost power, doesn't work

PC lost power while it was copying files to my encrypted 64gig USB thumb drive. When it came back up Windows 10 would just repeatedly pop up and say the drive needed to be formatted. I disabled ...
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Windows 7 laptop no longer sees USB drives - how to fix?

When I plug USB drives in to my computer the icon on lower right shows that a USB device is ready to use, but Windows 7 does not show the drive anywhere. Under Disk Management (screen shot) I see the ...
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How to make bootable pendrive for Windows 10 Technical Preview 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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Can I boot an Acer Power S260 from a USB flash drive?

I have an Acer Power S260 which I am trying to boot from a USB flash drive to install a Linux variant. There are options in the BIOS for booting from USB-FDD, USB-ZIP, and USB-CDROM, but not from USB-...
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USBest USB2FlashStorage 8GB [duplicate]

I cannot access flash drive in my computer,it is grayed out.In diskpart it says: Disk 2 Status:NO Media Size:0B Free:0B Description: [F:]USB Mass Storage Device(USBest USB2FlashStorage) Device Type: ...
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Computer only starts when I insert, then withdraw, my USB drive

So, for some time my desktop has been having infrequent fits, after which it refuses to start. It hangs right before it tells me about its memory stuff (I don't really know any of the technical names)....
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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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USBSMC history on a Mac

How do I find the USBSMC history on Mac if it was cleared from the console? I am trying to see devices previously connected with date stamps. The operating system is El Capitan.
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Thumb drives over networks

If I insert a thumb drive on a network computer with 5 files on it and I open one file, and then remove it, would the other 4 files be accessible to anyone at a later time?
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Access file on a USB drive after drive removal

Can an Excel file, opened from a USB flash drive, edited but not copied to the computer, be accessed after flash drive removal? If I open an Excel file on my private computer with Windows installed, ...