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 will I make a pendrive write protected?

I just want to make my pendrive write protected just to make sure, when I insert it public PCs like in cyber cafes in order to just read the files, it doesn't get virus affected. How can I do 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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Are USB thumb drives as vulnerable to memory loss and failure as HDD?

Are USB thumb drives as vulnerable to memory loss and failure as HDD? Ase they Solid State devices? What is their technology?
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Lock USB pendrives to specific computers

We have pendrives for data operators, they look at sensitive data and the pendrives are for work use in case they need to transfer data between their computers (Their network is isolated and is 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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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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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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Files on new pen-drive going wrong

I have bought a new pen-drive that is 512GB. I saw it didn't have a option to format to fat32 so I used a tool the do this. But after a wile I found that this was happening to some of my folders. ...
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Accessing partitions of an USB Flash Drive in Windows 7 64 bit

I have a 32GB Sandisk Cruzer Blade usb flash drive. I use it in many devices such as my car audio system, where they can only read FAT32. I also use it with my Windows, where NTFS is needed since I ...
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Unable to ZERO a block device

I seem unable to formate this flash drive, every method offers a read-only error. There is no physical "lock" switch on the flash drive what so ever. sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=1M [sudo] ...
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Will 2.0 USB port accept a 3.0 flash drive [duplicate]

Will 2.0 USB port accept or use a 3.0 flash drive? I have a HPE-380T using window7 Thanks
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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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Sandisk USB drive is read only

For some reason, I have recently been having problems where my SanDisk 32GB Cruzer USB Flash Drive will mount as read-only. It was occasional at first, but now it is full blown and will not allow any ...
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USB drive is not opening

I don't know why I cannot open the contents of my flash drive. When I plugged it into my laptop, Windows 7 did not recognize it. In My Computer, it's transparent like this: When I click the icon, a ...
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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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Understanding mount option nodev and its use with USB flash drives

mount(8) OS X Manual Page describes the nodev option: Do not interpret character or block special devices on the file system. This option is useful for a server that has file systems ...
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Can't access or format my pendrive [closed]

I can't access my pen drive. When I try to access it I get a message "Format the disk now?" When I try to format it it displays the following message
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What is the best way to keep a folder synchronized with my USB drive?

I know there is a similar topic on syncing between computers, but I'm looking for an application to run on one computer that will sync a "document/file" folder with a folder on my secondary/external ...
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Drawbacks of cache in usb drives?

Background A few years ago I was glad to find out that there is a new flash drive with on-board caching (the SuperTalent Express RAM Cache), which gave it a really neat performance on small files. I ...
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Is it possible to create bootable linux on USB drive using windows command line?

we can create bootable windows 7 on usb drive(here) using windows command line, is it possible to create bootable linux using windows command line? ( i.e. not using any software) I've entered the ...
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USB stick appearing as hard disk drive, not removable storage device

I just plugged in a very simple 1GB USB stick from the office in hopes of making it a Fedora Live USB stick. For that to work, I need a removable storage device, or else it won't appear in LiveUSB ...
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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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USB is read only when not used with my computer

I have a 32GB Sandisk USB flash drive that works great, except for when it is not used ony MY user and MY computer. If I use it on any other computer, user, or even a Live USB, it is mounted as ...
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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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assign drive letter via batch fil based on label

I need a script which would change the drive letter to e.g. P:\ of an USB drive named e.g. "MY_VOLUME". I know this is somehow possible with diskpart /s script.txt > output.txt (using: "list volume" ...
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How I can use Iozone to measure USB sticks?

I need to do some benchmarkings with various file systems (ext3, ntfs, ...) on a USB flash driver. I will format the USB stick every time to do the tests. The problem is I don't know how appoint the ...
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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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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 can I remount an ejected (not just unmounted) USB drive on Mac?

I frequently eject an usb stick, and then realize I still need it. If I unmount the drive in Disk Utility, I can just remount it, but if I eject, it's gone. Not showed in Finder Not showed in ...
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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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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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USB flash drive wont show up as a device in the bios menu [closed]

I have a flash drive and I have made it bootable using grldr and I have tested it to see if it is bootable using qemu and it worked (it booted). The flash drive works fine on windows. I have tried it ...
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Running and using Windows on a flash usb drive

I want to be able to use Windows completely from a flash usb card without to install anything on my drive at all (or at least - very a little bit) because I've already have 2 Linux distributives ...
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Install Mint Linux 11 to a small partition on a large USB drive

I want to install Linux Mint 11 (just came out) to a USB drive. My USB drive is 34 GB. So I want to put a 1-2 GB partition on it and install Mint just to that. Is that possible? I am new ...
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How do I keep Mac OS X from saving hidden files on my flash drive?

Hidden files and folders like .fseventsd, .Spotlight-V100, .TemporaryItems, and .Trashes are getting dumped in my flash drive every time I plug it into my Mac... How do I keep it from doing this? ...
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Installing OS from a flash drive's directory?

I have quite huge (64GB) flash drive with some data on it. And I'm wondering if it's possible to create a directory with bootable Windows 7 / 8 / Linux on that pendrive so I'd be able to install OS ...
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Read Only USB Drive can't be erased/re-set

I bought a 32 GB flash drive several months ago, and after using it for a month or two, something happened to it. Right now, the drive has become read only. I tried using Mac OS X's Disk Utility, ...
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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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In Linux, is there a way to get a warning if I forget to unplug my pendrive?

I forgot my pendrive plugged in when leaving the computer lab yesterday, and I would have lost it if it wasn't for a kind soul finding and returning it. I want to avoid this in the future and ...
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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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Virus effect on flash drive filesystem (FAT)

I've found viruses on my flash drive, but curing with antivirus didn't solved the consequences. All files and directories on the drive became links (*.lnk files) pointing to a not existing executable ...
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Driver for writing to UDF partitions from Windows XP?

I'm considering using an UDF partition to share data between Windows XP, 7, and Linux. It's more efficient than FAT32, and avoids the 4GB max file size limit. I've found it will also work with Mac OS ...
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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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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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HID usb advertisement keyboard

I got a advertisement "usb pen-drive" when plugged in autostart windows run (win + r) and writes the company website and press enter, In device manager it is shown as a keyboard. Does anyone know how ...
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Unable to mark pendrive as active

Unable to make my Usb-flash-drive Active.I have used the dos command but nothing fruitfull happend what should i do.I can not clean it though clean command using DOS.
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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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Disable AutoRun for specific external drive

I have an external USB hard drive with two partitions on it. Every time my computer boots up Windows 7, I get two autorun popup windows. This is annoying; I'd like Windows to just mount the partitions ...
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Moving Windows to a flash drive

First off, I want to say that this is completely different from other questions about putting the installation files onto flash drives (i.e. Install Windows 7 from USB flash drive and How to install ...
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How to backup a flash drive automatically each time I plug it in?

I remember using a program to do this in the past, but I can't find it anymore. Regardless of that, in Windows is there a way I can automatically backup a USB flash drive each time I plug it in?