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

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Install Windows 7 from USB flash drive

I have an ISO image of the Windows 7 installation DVD, but I can't burn it to CD or DVD. I have an empty flash drive with plenty of space. Is there any way I can put the ISO image on it and install ...
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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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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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Booting Linux off USB pendrives

Booting a Linux system off USB Pendrives is one of my favorite things. On a laptop we have the following advantages, The Harddisk can be shutdown and that reduces power consumption (hdparm) The ...
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Can I install Windows OS (Windows 7) on a removable USB hard drive?

I wanted to take a sneak peak at Windows 7 so I thought of installing it. I have Windows Vista on my laptop which came pre-installed with it. I didnt want to mess with it. So I created a partition ...
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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 do I recover files from an USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: flash drive ejected improperly- lost files I have a USB flash drive that claims it needs to be formatted every time I put it into my computer (Windows). Yesterday the ...
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USB-Sticks and multiple Partitions

I've got an USB-Stick with multiple Partitions on it (FAT32 (active), FAT32, Ext2 but that's another story) and it seems like that my Windows XP can only mount the first partition of the stick. If I ...
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Using UDF on a USB flash drive

After failing to copy a file bigger than 4G to my 8G USB flash drive, I formatted it as ext3. While this is working fine for me so far, it will cause problems if I want to use it to copy files to ...
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Flipping the Removable Media bit — alternatives to BootIt? [closed]

There's a utility called the Lexar BootIt utility that flips the Removable Media Bit on certain USB flash drives. I want to flip the bit on my USB flash drive (it's supported) but really am not too ...
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How can I keep multiple live/bootable ISO images on a single USB drive?

I am looking to create a USB flash drive that I can put multiple live CD ISO images on and select which boots from startup. The ideal candidate supports Linux and Windows-based ISO images, and is ...
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How do I recover files from an USB flash drive?

I have a flash drive that was used primarily on a Mac, and it was ejected improperly. Now when I put it back in, the computer (I tried 2 different Macs and 3 PCs) does not even register the flash ...
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How do you partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive?

Out of the box, Windows will not allow you to partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive. How can you do this? In case anyone is wondering Why you would do this? It's interesting in the case of a BitLocker ...
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How to find Windows 7 File Transfer History?

Is it possible to find out which files are transferred to an external usb flash drive in certain period of time? To be more clear. If I/someone have a flash drive and take some data from me. How do ...
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Did my USB Drive just die?

I have a 32 gb usb stick. I was in mac (vmware) putting some stuff on. Then accidently removed the drive. I put it back in, and wanted to format it. Using disk utility, i choose 1 partition, it ...
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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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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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Windows Installer using usb drive for temp purposes

When installing apps that are built around Windows Installer, it would appear that it often uses my external usb hard disk (when it's connected) as the temp location while it expands and installs the ...
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Is it possible to use a storage disk (such as a USB drive) as RAM?

My motherboard (HP Pavilion s3000y) only supports 2GB of RAM max. Which means that I can only allocate 1GB for running VMs, and applications that use a lot of RAM are slow (such as games and Visual ...
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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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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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Any way to ensure that a USB key always has the same drive letter?

Depending on what's currently connected onto a PC, a USB key does not always get the same drive letter. This is an issue for me because I want to use this key as a backup destination, and I thus have ...
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Make a USB stick act like a CD

I used to have a U3 memory stick that came with two partitions, the FAT32 one with data and one that acted like a CD drive so that the executable in it ran automatically under Windows. How can I make ...
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Serve up PC hard drive as USB mass storage

Is there a software package available that can serve up a hard-drive internal to a PC and make it available over USB to other USB Master nodes as mass storage? Ex: take your C: or /dev/hda drive on a ...
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How to “Un-Eject” a USB Flash drive — Eject is easy (safely remove hardware), but what about Un-Eject or Reconnect? [duplicate]

There are times after I eject a USB Flash drive, I want to copy some more files over to the USB Flash drive. In this case, do I always need to unplug the drive and plug it back in? Is there a way to ...
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How to boot from a flash drive OS using VirtualBox?

I have two flash drive, one with Slax installed and another for Android x86 Live installed, but they do not boot in my laptop (in my work they boot perfectly). I can boot from some live CDs/DVDs or ...
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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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How to make a multiboot USB key?

I want to cut my 8 GB USB key into several partitions to use WinToFlash for a Windows XP (maybe nLited before). I also want to put the Framakey ubuntu-fr remix pack into it such that it has the ...
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How disable creating .Spotlight-V100 and .Trash folders on external drive?

Everytime I put a USB Flash Driver the Mac OS X creates 2 folders .Trash and .Spotlight-V100. Is it possible to disable this operation?
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Can Windows tell me what is using my USB drive?

Being the good citizen I am, I left-click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in my taskbar, and select my USB drive to dismount. Then I get the message: Windows can't stop your Generic volume ...
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How to mount a USB thumb drive as “Fixed” instead of “Removable”

I have over 8 GB in my "Code Library" that I maintain on a 64 GB ScanDisk Ultra Backup USB Device. Windows Search 4.0 (installed on Windows XP) can index removable drives, but Windows 7 ...
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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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Is there any benefit to plugging a USB 2.0 device into a USB 3.0 port?

I know USB 3.0 is almost entirely backward-compatible, and I know that it introduces a new speed that USB 2.0 devices aren't capable of, but is there any advantage to having a USB 2.0 device in a USB ...
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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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How do I fix my USB drive to get its original 8GB size back?

My USB drive used to be originally 8GB when I bought it. I'm trying to reformatted in Windows 7 by right clicking on the drive and selecting Format.... But the capacity only shows 250MB. Is there ...
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How to connect two Computers with USB? [duplicate]

There are two computers. The first one is the client, the second one is the server. The client needs access to some files on the server. On the server it is possible for me to install any software ...
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USB drive not showing full size

I have a 4GB usb drive. Just now i have formatted it with fat filesystem. But after formatting its only showing 200MB instead of 4GB. I am using windows VISTA operating system. I am frightened. Can ...
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What is the difference between “safely remove” and “eject”?

Eject would normally make sense for CDs, etc., and safely remove tends to be used with USB media. However, my Kindle (which connects over USB) shows distinct behavior when using the two options: After ...
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Virus protection for flash drives

At school, there is a large network with lots of non-technical minded people and lots of viruses. How can I protect my flash drive from these worms and viruses so I don't bring them home and infect my ...
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16GB USB flash drive shows as 16MB and is unusable

I have a Sandisk Cruzer 16GB USB flash drive, but it started to show up as 16MB. And I can't use it, it tells me that I need to format the drive or Please insert a disk into drive X. What software do ...
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How can I make a USB flash drive appear/not appear as a CD drive?

I recently was given a small USB flash drive as an advertising gimmick. When I plug it in, only one drive appears: a CD drive with 42kb used (just an autorun.inf file which launches the manufacturer's ...
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How can I identify which of my USB drives can be made bootable

I know that not all USB sticks are the same. Some can be booted from, some cant. How can I identify which ones are able to do this? (without trying each one)
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Persistent install of Windows 7 (or XP) on a USB stick

Persistent install of Windows 7 (or XP) on a USB stick is this possible? So I move to another computer and during the boot process I boot the OS from my USB stick. I did not found any tutorial on ...
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Bypass disabled autorun for USB devices on Windows 7

The following was mentioned in a post regarding autorunning from a flash drive: "To get autorun working under Windows 7 requires special firmware on the drive and/or some specialty software ...
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Portable file association for USB sticks?

I have a usb stick with PortableApps that I carry around between different places. But one thing that annoys me, is when I open a file (such as *.flv or *.html), either Windows says it is unsupported ...
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How to delete a partition on a USB drive?

I have a USB drive that I accidentally partitioned when trying to put Ubuntu on it. It's a 16 GB Kingston flash drive but it is now split to two partitions, 7.30 GB each. How do I combine the two ...
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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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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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Can I make USB drive bootable and install multiple OSes from it?

Is it possible to have USB drive bootable and place multiple ISOs like Windows 7.iso WindowXP.iso Ubuntu.iso RHEL.iso so that I can choose which OS to install?
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How to “burn” ISO/img/cue+bin to USB drive?

I don't get it. Why is it so complicated to create a bootable usb from a disc image? Disc images have boot sectors, so why can't you just write the raw LBA values from an image directly to a USB and ...