Storage drives connected by USB devices known otherwise as flash drive, USB stick, USB key and thumb drive. Also includes larger storage devices such as portable hard drives.

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How do MTP, PTP, and USB Mass Storage work? [on hold]

This is a very general question, so I hope it's suitable for this site! I was trying to learn about some of the different ways that devices can present themselves to a host device over USB, and how ...
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Linux disk full

I'm trying to copy a 2GB file from a USB flash drive to a BackTrack 5 image mounted on VMware Player but it keeps saying disk is full in the middle of the transferring process even when there's plenty ...
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How do I automatically (after boot) mount an USB disk for the general user read/write/execute

This question has been answered several times here, however I want the disks been mounted automatically after boot - with an entry in /etc/fstab presently I have: /dev/sdc1 /media/disk500 vfat ...
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Windows 7 does not detect USB mass storage devices anymore

In an attempt to get a WD USB HDD to work I followed a suggestion to uninstall all devices of type Mass Storage using USBDeview. Now, Windows 7 does not show any mass storage device, even the ones ...
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WD USB HDD not recognized: Elements 10B8 [duplicate]

Any idea what could be the problem and how to solve it? Details: HDD: WD Elements 2TB (P/N: WDBU6Y0020BBK-05) When first connecting the device to my ThinkPad T420si (4174-E37), a dialog appeared ...
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Loss of space on a 16 Gb flash after format

So, I have a friend who has a flash drive that was playing music on a dvd player. Everything was great then all of a sudden it just stopped. First, I tried to do some data recovery on it but the ...
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See a USB storage device in Windows Disk Management, even if it contains non-Windows partitions

When I insert a USB-stick or a SD card containing only Linux partitions, Windows doesn't see these partitions, and doesn't assign a letter (D:, E:, ...) to them. This is normal, I don't want Windows ...
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3G USB modem switches back to storage mode after connection is lost

I configured a 3G USB modem (Novatel Wireless U679 (Ovation MC679)) on a Raspberry Pi running Raspian OS. To switch the modem from storage mode (1410:5059) to modem mode (1410:7031), I use the ...
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Ubuntu does not boot when external USB HDD is connected

I am experiencing weird behavior with my Ubuntu machine. Whenever I plug in the external USB HDD (3,5") it does not boot at all - powers up and nothing happens. When I let it boot without the drive ...
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How to safe remove an external usb hd ntfs?

I did format a hitachi 300GB external HD in NTFS with two partitions, primary and logic. My intention os to use one for "trash" and other as backup of my notebook with Windows 8.1. But after I connect ...
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USB disk not recognized by Linux

I have a Raspberry Pi running a Debian based linux distribution (Raspbmc). I have a ext4 formatted 1 TB usb disk connected to it, mounted under this path: /media/Monolite with this line in the ...
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USB unlock silicon power enhanced storage

I have a silicon power USB flash . when i click for open it shows an error "the device need to be reset before it can be used"under a title "enhanced storage" .now i want to format it but dosent work ...
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Unable to format,'The system cannot find the file specified'

I've just bought a USB drive however i had some problems with it as soon as i started using it. At fisrt all of a sudden Windows would just lose the "communication" with it, stopping any task it was ...
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How to check for certain USB disk activities on windows?

I used FTK images to take image of the documents and registry files for a PC. I want to check for certain USB disk , when the last time it was used and when it was unplugged and activities during that ...
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Virus changed folder to executable

I loaned my flash drive to someone who used said drive on a Windows machine infected with a virus. My flash drive subsequently got infected with a virus that changes folders to executables. Research ...
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Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth USB 3.0 speeds not working in Ubuntu Linux 14.04.1 LTS (Recognizes as a USB 2.0 device)

I'm finding that a Corsair USB Flash Survivor Stealth (USB 3.0 capable drive in Windows 7 with 200 MB/s Read speed) only connects at USB 2.0 speed in Linux (Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS). Watching the ...
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Cannot mount, partition, format brand new USB

I've recently bought a new TDK 4 GB USB stick, but when I try to mount it (I'm runnning Ubuntu 12.04, but neither in Windows 7/8.1 it works) in various ways Gparted, Disk Utility, simply pluggin it ...
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Should a new 64GB USB Flash drive have 64,000,000,000 bytes available and does it slowly decrease this number over time? (internal maintenance, etc)

First regular Hard Drives (spinning disks): When looking details of a brand new hard drives, I've noticed that the available space usually ends with xxx,000,000,000 For example, a 750 GB drive is ...
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can we use bitlocker on external hdd of 1TB

I thought of using Bitlocker on my new Western Digital(My Passport) external HDD. It is powered through USB and no separate power source. I searched in the internet related to this and saw few posts ...
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Why external harddisk are cheaper than internal [closed]

If you look in any online shop you can see that usually external usb harddisk are cheaper than internal hdd with the same size. I thought they where different/older model. But online i found ...
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Why is there a speed increase when using a USB 2.0 device with a USB 3.0 port?

I know this question, or similar questions, have been asked before, but still I am curious… My laptop has two USB 3.0 ports and—on occasion—I will plug in a Western Digital external hard drive which ...
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Is it possible to prevent a USB storage device from being read by a PC?

I was wondering if a USB storage device like an external hard drive or memory stick could prevent the OS from reading or writing to it? To give an example where this could be used: My portable hard ...
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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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Mounting USB sticks with Thunar. Wrong user and gruop

I'm using Debian testing with XFCE as Desktop Environment and Thunar as filemanager. I've an issue regarding the mounting of USB mass storages such as USB sticks. When I plug the stick the icon ...
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Global keyboard shortcut to eject external hard drive on Mac OSX Yosemite?

I tried the Automator approach as described in Global keyboard shortcut to eject external hard drive on Mac OSX Lion? - but on 10.10. this gives me no result. In Finder, there's only an error sound, ...
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What is windows 7 secretly putting on formatted USB drives? [duplicate]

Initial actions: I wanted to copy some files that were very close in total size to the USB stick memory size (<8G). So I checked size of all files vs available space. A few more KB were needed for ...
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Attempting to passthru USB disk to XENserver windows guest, reporting wrong size and error

I am attempting to passthru a brand new Seagate USB disk (4TB) to a Windows 2008 virtual guest in XEN 6.2. I connected the device, it is listed properly by fdisk -l (even lists correct size, but says ...
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Are there multiHDD bays that offer multiple usb or esata connections? Is it even possible?

RAID can be used for multiple HDDs that are connected by separate connections. Theoritically, the same should apply to HDD bays. Are there any or is it possible, with them being connected to one usb ...
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How to completely disable USB storage devices on Win 8.1?

I'm looking for a fast and reliable way to completely disable any USB storage device on a selected Win 8.1 machine (I don't aim to use a GPO). I would like to disable it in such a way that users ...
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Opened up a USB stick and it looks a bit odd

We opened up the case of a USB stick (that didn't work before we opened it) and it looks like this: Has the memory been taken out of it or do some USB sticks actually look like this? Note that it ...
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TrueCrypt transfer to Drobo is very slow

Problem I'm getting very slow 2 MB/s transfer speeds. I have a computer with a 5.4k RPM spinning disk drive connected to the motherboard via SATA 1 then through USB 3.0 to a Drobo disk array also ...
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Using PC as a virtual USB flash storage device

I have a Linux server that has an application installed which writes its logs to a connected USB flash drive. I need to have a constant access to these logs which means I cannot unplug the USB flash, ...
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how to edit windows registry so it NEVER looks on a usb drive for its driver (or at least asks first if a driver is found)

I'd forgive them for this "feature" if the usb standard had been created BEFORE viruses had become prevalent.
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cannot see android files on pc in specific folders

When I plug my android phone into my PC and use Windows Explorer to look at the files on the phone there is a certain folder where I can't view the files. If I then go to my phone and cut and paste ...
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How can I copy a file from a usb drive to a directory on the hard drive in windows 7 using command prompt

How can I copy a file from a pen drive to particular directory on the hard drive in windows 7 using command prompt in quickly compare to ordinary copy paste. Scenario 1: need to copy the files from ...
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Hidden files on USB drive [duplicate]

Hello Dear Sirs here, I have such problems on my USB drive: I have a lot necessary files and documents on it and my trouble is that i connect it to another computers and after when i will connect it ...
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Windows 8 / 8.1 USB file transfer consistently freezes whole system

I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro (64 bit) on a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H (rev 1.0) motherboard with a Samsung 830 SSD and 8GB of RAM. All is normally well in general day to day use. However, when I plug in a ...
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Mkv files random stops playing on my blu-ray player, Why?

I am a holder of LG BD390 Blu-ray player...it has always worked well but lately is giving me problems with reading mkv files from external hard drive. Let me explain... Lately I've noticed that ...
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compare Windows folder with smartphone folder

Is there any tool that allows me to compare a local folder with a folder on my android phone (connected via USB) ? I tried WinMerge and FreeFileSync, but none of those can "see" the connected ...
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Share internal hdd through usb

I would like to make a NAS on my single-board pc with capability to connect my smart TV to this HDD through USB to watch movies. Actually I need this -> internal HDD with usb2sata adapter ---> ...
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How to tell in linux when new USB devices are found?

Is there some way of telling when a change in hardware has been found in linux besides repeatedly polling for all the hardware and checking for changes? For instance, I wrote a script to mount my ...
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WD My Passport read error

I cannot access my WD passport. It keeps bleeping and the white light continually flashes. The PC immediately reports that E drive cannot be accessed due to I/O error. I have tried all the basic ...
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GPT Protective Partition

I’ve moved my 3TB hard drive to another USB enclosure, and it no longer works. Disk manager says “2794.52 GB Healthy (GPT Protective Partition)”. How to fix that? I don’t want to reformat, I need ...
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Wake on lan fails when a specific usb device (seagate freeagent go) is plugged in

I have a bit of a conundrum on my hands. I've successfully setup wake on lan on my computer, however, I've run into an issue that prevents the computer from waking on lan. I have multiple external ...
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USB drive stopped working

My USB pen drive (A-data UE700 64GB) suddenly stopped working. I tested it on few PCs (every one with Linux) and it doesn't work on any of them. The device isn't even mounted. It used to work alright ...
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Data Recovery: Override kernel / usb-storage / sg idea of disk geometry

I have two Western Digital Caviar 68AA (6,8GB) drives pulled from an old server, one of them spun up and worked fine, and I retrieved the data using a USB-IDE converter. The other drive did not spin, ...
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Can I repair a physically broken USB drive?

My friend just wrote to me, all in panic, that he had broken his USB with his math homework for tomorrow. (Yes, no other backups, just that.) It looks like this now: Is there any way that I could ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - can't find usb flash stick

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 with gnome shell (I think this information may be useful) and laptop mode tools installed. I can't mount just one usb stick (OCZ ATV 8GB) "lsusb" command: Bus 002 Device 003: ...
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USB 3.0 hard drive in usb 3 port only recognized as usb 2

Today, I bought a Sabrent CP-4PTU USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller. I installed the latest software from the website, and after a reboot, I plugged in a USB 3.0 hard drive into the controller, and the ...
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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 ...