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

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USB Drive Name / Files consist of random characters

One of my USB Sticks just kind of broke and now it's name and all file names consist of pretty much random characters, like ‗t|%ò┼½.¯f¥. I did some research and its probably my file table that is ...
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USB flash drive not working or is appearing as an empty disk drive, Disk Management reports “No Media” with 0 bytes size

I have a USB flash drive which is no longer recognized by my computer. Windows Disk Management and DiskPart report No Media with no storage space (0 bytes) on the drive and I cannot partition or ...
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How I can create a multiplatform portable pendrive of Ubuntu?

The goal is to carry a pendrive with your personal files and Ubuntu. Just plug in a computer and boot it. Is this possible? Across Mac/Windows/Linux?
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Can't automount USB stick with Fedora 21+systemd-udev, could with Gentoo on same machine

In Gentoo I had created a small script that was called by udev and allowed me to mount an USB device, identified by its serial number, to any mount point I chose. Basically, ...
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Flash drive not recognized

I was copying some files to my flash drive and removed it from my laptop.  When I plugged it into my PC, it didn't recognize it and it doesn't show up in disk management, and I can't find it in device ...
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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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Defective Flash Drive (read data errors). Useless? [on hold]

I have some flash drives that appear to be defective (I used H2testw to understand what’s going on in them, well, there are errors every few million bits). Are they unusable? Is there any file ...
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How to format pendrive from fat32 to ext3 in windows7?

I am trying to make a live USB of OPHCRACK, and I tried to boot from a fat32 pendrive. But after making a live USB, it wouldn't boot. After searching awhile, I came to understand that ophcrack will ...
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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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My pendrive is not working .. Please help me out [on hold]

I made my pendrive as a win7 bootable usb and installed win7 in my friend's lappy. and I have formatted the pendrive after installation of win 7.. and when I connected again to my lappy, it asked to ...
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How to create a bootable Memtest86+ on USB flash drive?

Normally, this should not be a problem. But usually, it always is. The Memtest86+ website hosts a specially prepped EXE auto-installer file that will format your USB flash drive, copy Memtest86+ ...
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Error when trying to use WinToUSB to install Windows 7 Ultimate onto a pendrive

I wanted to install Windows on an USB drive so that I can use it on different computers. I heard about WinToUSB and gave it a try. At about seventy percent (with three retries) I get an error "Copy ...
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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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Create a bootable UEFI USB

How do I create a bootable USB with Windows 7 SP1 64bit using OS X? I need to setup a fresh new ASUS laptop, the only thing I have is – Macbook Pro. What I have: Fresh new ASUS laptop with ...
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Is there a way to enforce shuffling / randomizing of mp3s on a usb stick, without of shuffle support from the playing device?

I have a sonivox speaker for travelling... it can read USB sticks and memory cards. But: Whenever I enter the USB stick, it will always start with the same song. Changing a song takes about 4 seconds. ...
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Booting a Sony Vaio VGN FE31H from USB stick when BIOS has no such option [duplicate]

I have a laptop Sony Vaio VGN FE31H which has Windows installed and I wanted to boot a Linux distribution from USB stick. Unfortunately the BIOS has no such option. I am looking for a suitable boot ...
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I tell fsck to fix USB stick, it says “Leaving file system unchanged.”

So I run fsck, and it reports FATs differ but appear to be intact. Use which FAT ? 1) Use first FAT 2) Use second FAT Choosing either one gives a long list of errors like Cluster 1471730 out of ...
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USB 3.0 HDD is working in High-Speed mode instead of SuperSpeed

I've got Asus R500V with one USB 3.0 port. I've installed a proper driver from Acer site. I've got WD My Passport [USB 3.0 version] and I connected it to the 3.0 port. Treeview says it's working in ...
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Windows Recovery Creator cannot see my USB drive

I am trying to create a Windows recovery drive on a USB key using Windows Recovery Creator in Windows 8.1 (64-bit). The computer is a Dell XPS 8700. When I run Windows Recovery Creator I uncheck the ...
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USB 3.0 flash drive not working on USB 2.0 port

I've recently bought a USB 3.0 flash drive and wanted to try it out. I connected it to a 2.0 port and it didn't work. The light on it starts blinking for about 1 second and stops. I also get a message ...
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Can't access USB drive anymore

I have a 32 GB Lacie Cookey USB flash disk that doesn't show in the Computer window but it's visible as a device. cmd > diskpart DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size -------- ...
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rewriting the out-of-bound area [closed]

In flash memory, each flash page within a flash block has a small spare area, also known as the out-of-bound area (OOB), for storing metadata. This usually consists of the logical page number and ...
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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? ...
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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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Installing Windows XP through Pendrive On windows 7 using Rufus or WintoFlash didn't get detected at boot time

I'm currently in a situation where i want to install windows XP on my system which currently has windows 7 installed on it. I've an ISO image of Windows XP sP3.I've tried Rufus,WintoFlash even cmd ...
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USB 3.0 Port is not detecting usb 3.0 pendrive?

I am using dell notebook 3546/windows 7 64bit. There is one usb 3.0 port which is working fine for usb 2.0 pendrive but when i connect usb 3.0 pendrive it does't detect it. Is there any specific ...
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Copy Contents of Recovery Pen drive to HDD

So, I bought a laptop with Win 8.1 I Created a recovery Drive using a 8 GB pendrive I had. So My doubt is: 1. Does this recovery is like a Factory reset? I mean without the softwares I installed? 2. ...
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What is the correct name for a USB flash drive? [closed]

What is the difference between the names: thumb drive (USB) memory stick jump drive pen drive (USB) flash drive What is the technically correct name for the device shown in this image? What is the ...
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Fedora 20 not finding USB stick when booting

Fedora 20 system has a USB stick used to back up important files nightly. When I reboot the system it does not find the USB stick. If I then pull the stick out and plug it back in, the system finds ...
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Error installing Adobe Premiere CS6 on a removable drive

I try to install Adobe Premiere CS6 on a Windows To Go (Win7 Home 64-bit) installation and I get this error while installing: fatal: dw041: installdir is not on a local volume This is because Windows ...
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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 HDD disk not recognized in BIOS Boot order

I installed Ubuntu 14.10 along with Windows 8.1. Obviously I used a USB drive to install Ubuntu. I made all changes to UEFI so I could boot from USB. I could see the USB in the Boot Menu and was able ...
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Is it possible to install Ubuntu Server 10.04 *from* a USB drive?

I've tried the Universal USB Installer from PenDrive, and put 10.04 Ubuntu Server on it. But when I boot up and try to install, it looks for a Ubuntu CD ROM, which I do not have. I thought the whole ...
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Kingston DataTraveler DTSE9H recognized but assigned no drive letter

I just bought a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler DTSE9H thumbdrive. Using the default Windows7 driver, the keydrive is correctly detected, but for some reason is assigned no drive letter: Kingston's ...
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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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Should I format USB sticks and SD cards to FAT, FAT32, exFAT or NTFS? (Windows files, live Linux distors)

Does it depend on the media size which one to chose or on some other parameters? In Windows 7 FAT16 is the default. In pendrivelinux.com's Universal USB Installer FAT32. Which one to chose? How about ...
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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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Will microwaving a flash drive destroy the data on it?

After reading the answers on Permanently delete files from a flash drive, where the top rated answer was simply to pulverize it with a hammer, I wondered whether a microwave could be used to the same ...
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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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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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“Please insert disk into removable drive” error with pen drives in Vista [duplicate]

Whenever I insert a pen drive, I am not able to open it. Vista shows me this error: Please insert disk into removable drive I have tried changing the drive letter, but it didn't help.
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Linux performance on Pendrive

What are the biggest factors that affect the performance of a Linux distribution installed on a pen-drive? Does faster(read/write) pen-drives offer a smoother experience than pen-drive with bigger ...
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ASUS X551M won't come on and does not charge too

My ASUS X551M shut down itself and won't come on. It does not even take power when i plug in charger. It shut down itself when i plugged in a flash drive in one of the ports which i later realized is ...
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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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Has my flash drive failed? (no media)

Flash drive model: Kingston DataTraveler SE9 64GB I was restoring the back-up I had made on my flash drive after re-formatting and reinstalling Windows 8.1 Pro, and it started behaving weirdly. ...
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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? ISOs such as a live Linux preview disk, Windows installation ISO, etc.
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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 format/repair a write-protected USB drive with I/O errors?

I ordered a bunch of 1GB usb drives from a semi-shady Chinese company. Most of them work just fine, but a couple of them won't let me format them because they are "write-protected." There is no write ...
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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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Kali Linux Live USB: Flashing _ on boot-up

I have installed Kali Linux onto a Live USB using dd if=kali.iso of=/dev/sdb1 However, upon boot it just has a flashing _ in the top left corner...