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

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Plugging the usb device makes PC go crazy

When I plug in the usb flash drive, Windows 8.1 won't recognize it. Then when I plug out the mouse (so that I can plug in the flash drive instead), this happens: the usb drive is still not ...
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Why does it take so long time to permanently delete files from a USB drive?

I'm deleting a Python installation folder (12000 files, 256 MB) from a USB flash drive, using Windows. It is currently expected to take 40 minutes. Why? I thought it would be enough to change a ...
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VMware ESXi: best practices for running off USB thumb drive?

I'm running VMware ESXi 5.5 (and 6.0) on my servers off of a SanDisk Cruzer Fit 16GB flash drive. The VMs are stored on a RAID array of internal physical drives on the server. If that flash drive ...
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How to use an old Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy USB flash drive on Linux?

My company provides me a DTVP with hardware AES encryption two years ago and the CDrom image does only contain tools for Windows and MacOS X. Kingston products now have support for Linux. Current ...
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No power save on external hard drive - How to implement?

I recently bought a new 3.5" USB external hard drive which I thought had a power save feature on it, but it turns out that it doesn't. So whether it's being used or not, it spins, which wouldn't be a ...
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Boot of the Ubuntu not recognize pendrive

I'm using Ubuntu 4.14 on my notebook Samsung NP270E4E, I gave permission for 0777 "etc" folder (which I should not have done), then want to re-install ubuntu 14:04 in my notebook, the problem is that ...
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sdcard performance bottleneck

I have loaded my 4 GB FAT32 sdcard almost entirely with mp3 files. Now, I cannot remove none of them because "discovering items" never ends. Even command line tools last forever, including format e:. ...
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How to boot encrypted drive

i have a laptop installed with endpoint security disk encryption. I create a live usb to boot linux, but it doesn't work. Is there a way to boot a usb thumb drive from an encrypted disk? do i need to ...
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Why can't I suspend Ubuntu 14.04 (running from USB3) anymore?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on an USB3.0 stick (Sandisk Extreme 64gb, both /root and /home are on it) as my portable development environment, mostly on an Asus N56VZ laptop. Recently, Ubuntu fails to ...
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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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USB flash drive is not detected in Ubuntu 12.04

I have 15GB Kingston flash drive. It is not detected in Ubuntu 12.04 and remains hung up in Windows too. sudo fdisk -l output: WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The ...
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Do flash-drives/memory-cards fail silently or is there a warning/error?

Scenario Currently, my various data files (the files I create myself and are thus irreplaceable), are spread out over several directories on a couple of system. I want to consolidate them all into ...
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Linux bootloader on USB-stick, load different kernel depending on hardware

I'm experimenting with a setup where I keep my kernel and initrd on a USB stick, and thus I can keep everything on the actual computers fully encrypted. Nothing is stored in clear text, and nothing ...
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Windows 7 on bootable flash

I have two quick questions, I used the Windows USB tool to put ISO on my flash drive, but it made me delete everything first. Do you know why this is? Also, once I have Windows on there, is it okay ...
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Low level table creation on a USB memory stick

I have been scammed by a USB stick supplier. The file table is incorrectly set up to show the size you think you purchased. When you try to write to the device, it seems to work as the directory shows ...
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Installing Chrome OS on HP Pavilion

Trying to install Chrome OS on HP Pavillion tx1000. I changed the BIOS to boot from USB before hard drive, and created a bootable USB drive (SanDisk Cruzer 4GB). No matter how many ways I try to make ...
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Disable auto-open for a specific device

When I insert a flash drive, always is opened a new window of nautilus showing the content of the flash drive. Is there a form to deactivate "auto-open" option for a determinate USB device? Thanks!
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unetbootin (syslinux?) — adding memtest86 to my bootable USB drive

The only way I have been able to reliably load a windows install disc onto USB is using Unetbootin and a FAT32 formatted drive. I do this because it is significantly faster to install windows this way ...
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How best to manage mapping drive letters?

I have the below configuration on my home computer: C: Operating system (Windows 8.1) D: SSD (quick scratch drive) E: Large HDD (large storage) F: Optical drive I: NAS storage directory #1 J: NAS ...
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USB HDD replace by “ubuntu” in boot order

After installing Ubuntu, it seems that USB HDD has been removed from the boot configuration entries. In the GRUB Boot Menu, I only see: ubuntu Windows Boot Manager SATA HDD: SATA CD: USB CD: USB ...
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Can a rfid / contactless reader damage a USB flash drive?

I own a very small usb flash drive I like to carry in my wallet but recently I started using contactless cards (bank, transport) and I'm worried the induction power readers emit might damage / corrupt ...
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External Drive Detected but not Recognized

I have a 32 GB Kingston USB 3.0 pendrive which had write permission problems. After searching around and trying a USB Low Formatting Tool which never managed to get past 30%, I used the command line ...
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Windows detects all flash drive file systems as RAW

My computer that's running Windows 7 detects all flash drive file systems as RAW, and thus shows an error message to format them as soon as they're plugged in. I tested all the flash drives in other ...
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USB Drive not working with Windows 7. Works on Linux and Windows 8/8.1

I have a USB thumb drive (PNY 128GB) that works fine with Windows 8/8.1 and with Linux, but does not work on Windows 7. Doesn't show up at all. I have tried formatting it in both Win8 and Linux ...
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Changing drive names in windows 7 won't stick

Tried the Admin Tools route, tried right-click "Rename" over the drive icon and also tried this method, which as far as I can tell, does not really rename the drive but the usb port where it is ...
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OpenWRT and USB write cycle limit

Background (feel free to skip) I am currently usin OpenWRT at home. I have an external HDD connected to router's USB port for the network shared storage. Actual transfer speed from the HDD to the ...
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files in usb drive are not hidden but not showing

I copied some hidden files from another computer and when I open them in my computer I noticed that a folder is missing. But my computer shows that folder's space is taken. When I set to show hidden ...
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What else limits readyboost space?

I’m trying to use about 5GB a 64GB usb flash drive—already formatted as exFAT—for ReadyBoost on a 64bit Windows 7 machine, but the slider for space to reserve ends at 4094MB. After 2 hours of ...
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How to repair corrupt pendrive?

I have an HP pendrive of 16GB. One day my little brother tried to make a bootable Hackintosh using that pendrive and we had a power cut when the write process was going on (my brother was using Mac OS ...
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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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My thumb drive became corrupted and reads RAW now can I recover info

Inserting a thumbdrive i have been using for the past year - I get an alert that the drive is not formatted and is requesting to format the thumb drive. I did a recovery run and it showed up as RAW. i ...
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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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Flash drive problems

I bought a what was supposed to be a 64 gb flash drive and I checked it out and I found out it was a 90 something gigabyte removable drive and it also has some weird files that can't be ...
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How Do I Enable Developer Mode on Chromium OS Build Running from a USB Stick?

I've been interested in Chromebooks and Chrome OS for a while. Upon learning about the existence of openly available PC-compatible builds of the OS via ArnoldTheBat, I'd figure I'd get a first-hand ...
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Can I format a truecrypt encrypted stick?

EDIT (PROBLEM SOLVED): Sorry for the waste of ones and zeros, but it turns out a simple stick unplugging did the trick. After unplugging the stick and then plugging it back again the usual formatting ...
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16GB USB flash drive turned to 1GB after writing an ISO image onto it

I have a 16GB flash drive for almost seven years. It was all good before not long ago, when I tried to write a Ubuntu image onto it. I made it many times before and had no issues about. But this time, ...
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Flash based storage. Do i need to re-plug them back in to my PC from time to time? (Memory cards & SSD's)

I've bought some memory cards for the purpose of backing up & storing my pictures and videos in case my PC's hard drive fails or the data on it becomes unreadable. The hard drive may not fail for ...
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How to format USB flash drive to work with older device?

I have 2 usb stics. One of them (64MB) is working fine with Nikon npl632. However this device seems not to support any modern flash drives. What I'am willing to do is to format new usb stick - much ...
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Pen drive has a write-protected issue

My pen drive has become write0protected. Even when I am trying to format it is giving write-protected problem. I tried many solutions I found on the internet, but all failed. Here are my pen drive ...
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USB not recognized or showing a drive letter

I have a SanDisk Cruzer that suddenly stopped being recognized today. It's two years old and has been through the washing machine a few times (though not recently) so it's entirely possible the ...
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USB flash memory is not mounted after is connected?

I have a Trancsend Jetflash TS2GJF210 USB drive. When I connect it to my old laptop (Dell Latitude D630) it is not mounted. dmesg shows following messages: [108884.154796] usb 2-2: new high-speed USB ...
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Flashing bios on an HP Machine with no hard drive

I have an HP Elitebook 2530p http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=3782222 There is a common bios problem (I know I am not the only one who had this problem) that asks ...
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Certain files opened in Microsoft Word are looking for a flash drive to be plugged in

On two of my computers, numerous files are showing the following error when being opened: If you click ok about 6 times, it'll eventually let you open up the file. Curiously, one of the computers ...
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Bootable flash drive meant to boot Windows 7 boots Linux Mint 15

I am running Linux Mint 15 and I want to switch to Windows 7. I tried to make a bootable SD card, but something is wrong. I downloaded Windows 7, right-clicked the .iso file -> "make bootable USB ...
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How to make USB stick to appear CD ROM

How I can make my memory stick have two partitions like this force-ably so that i can have a read-only part of my memory stick that also runs the auto-run automatically in Windows? There is a same ...
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impossible to format a RAW usb flash drive

I was trying to format my flash USB that is a RAW format. When I plug it windows asks me to format the USB I choose format I choose slow format but after 6 hours not even 1% done. I tried quick ...
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Create a Virtual USB disk drive and connect it to Virtual Box

I have created a virtual USB removable disk using imdisk http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html/ using commands http://diddy.boot-land.net/firadisk/files/imdisk.htm but How I can mount it to Virtual ...
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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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Are there “bad” ways to partition flash drives?

In an attempt to figure out why a certain flash drive I have stopped working under OS X but continues to work under Windows and Linux, I found the wiki page How to Damage a FLASH Storage Device, which ...
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USB Flash Drive shows empty but definitely had non-hidden files

I have this 16 GB USb Flash Drive and I remember storing a lot of data in it. I used this several weeks later on my Windows PC and it fails to show any files on it. None were hidden and even so, my PC ...