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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Has anyone successfully used the new usbstor MaximumTransferLength parameter?

Some time ago, Microsoft added support for specifying the maximum transfer size to the usbstor driver (see KB2581464 at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2581464). I have been unable to actually ...
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Mac OSX El Capitan (10.11.+) Disable USB Ports

Can anyone please help me how to disable USB Ports (Storage Devices only) on El Capitan, without using Profile Manager? I already tried to use KEXTUNLOAD command (sudo kextunload ...
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USB 3.0 port transfer speed on HP Laptop not exceeding 40 MBPS

I tested the internal HDD with CrystalDiskMark and was able to get 109 MBPS both on sequential read and write tests. Then, when I tested my 1 TB WD My Passport USB 3.0 External HDD with ...
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Launch Windows program when external drive connected

In Windows 10, is there any way to launch an existing program (EXE) when a specific USB external disk is connected? The EXE need not be on the external disk but will need to access files on it.
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Data recovery on flash drive showing incorrect size

I have a Kingston 32gb USB 3.0 flash drive that I need to recover data from. The problem is that the drive is now showing as 32.5kb of raw storage in Ubuntu (using gparted) and Windows is not ...
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Is my USB dead or just really hard to get into?

Using my sandisk cruzer glide (8GB), I was putting windows 7 onto the usb to install onto another PC. When halfway through, it said "This drive is read-only". I got confused, but then I went to ...
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Is there a way to make a USB drive to work like internal storage?

So I have this USB thumb drive of 16GB, which when inserted into my laptop gets assigned a drive letter (eg. E:/ or F:/), whereas when I connect my smartphone to my laptop usb, it just shows internal ...
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USB Drive Partition: Assign Letters, 2nd Recognize by DOS

Okay so first let me explain then list my Objective. I didn't like Windows 10 or 8.1, my Laptop can go and went as far as Windows 7. What I am trying to create is a Boot-able USB that can storage (My ...
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Manual GRUB installation on USB: Filesystem is unknown

I'm trying to manually install GRUB on my USB pendrive. I do the following steps: I check whether the partition table is correct: sudo fdisk -l I get the following output: ... Disk /dev/sdb: 2 ...
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flash-drive is not getting detected in windows 7 ,earlier versions than windows 7 and Ubuntu

I have 16GB Transcend pen drive. Recently I formatted that flash-drive at my Windows 8.0 computer. pen-drive is perfectly working with Windows 8.0 computers and Windows 8.1 computers . But Once I ...
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Windows 10 USB Drive Not Sleep Stays On, i.e the Red Data Light and Stays Spooled Up

I have a Masscool brand USB drive, affectionately called the 8-track, that I swap 4TB HDDs periodically for overnight daily backups. Power options are set to power off HDDs after 10 minutes. The task ...
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How many times have I written to my USB drive?

It is possible to determine how many times I've written to my USB 2.0 thumb drive? Are there any third party tools I could use to determine this?
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USB flash drive not functioning after interrupted file transfer

I have a 16GB Toshiba USB flash drive that stopped functioning correctly after an interrupted file transfer (took it out while it was transferring files on a Windows machine). Windows recognizes the ...
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Volume label on 2TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim external hard drive does not appear in Windows Explorer (but is visible in Disk Management)

I've been experiencing some weird things with my Seagate drives. I think this happened when I tried to "vaccinate" the drives with Panda Free Anti-Virus. My WD 2TB and my internal hard drives worked ...
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USB mass-storage corrupt on portable Linux device – fixing it using Windows CHKDSK?

Due to some circumstances I forcefully shut down my Kindle DX (in fact, a Linux machine), holding the power switch for 15 seconds. I believe no processing or obvious file transfers were in progress ...
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Usb ports to be closed to prevent infected storages from infect my network

I have 6 pcs connected together with maping network some users use infected mass storage and if one pc get infection all others will be so How can i close usb ports in Windows xp and seven to prevent ...
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USB drive is not found in devices and in disk utility [duplicate]

I have a transcend USB drive. I copied data and unmounted USB. But after removing it, it was not found again in my Mac as well as in windows. In windows, it shows "No Media". Any idea how to repair ...
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Is it possible to emulate a flash drive via a USB “A to A” Cable?

I have a modified Nintendo Wii that can run backup game files (via external media, IE; flash drive, sd card, external HD) and an always on PC that sits right beside it with tons of storage. I'd like ...
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Have a mounted or unmounted VHD drive detect/ appear as a USB drive?

There are certain programs / apps that only use or detect USB drives to act on them / deploy stuff on them. I'd rather use a VHD drive right now for this as I don't have and wish to get the ...
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USB drive for FreeDOS boot in industrial application - will all drive types work?

I have a small form-factor Intel Atom-based PC to replace a PC in an industrial panel. I have it running the original application on FreeDOS, booting and running from a USB memory stick, and all is ...
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Can an internal SSD be used as a removable storage device?

I have a Sandisk SSD drive that I bought for about $70 but decided to not install it in my PC. So I guess my question is, can I use it essentially as a thumb drive?
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Forwarding host OS USB drives to guest as hard drive in Oracle VirtualBox

I have DOS 6.22 running in Oracle VirtualBox. Now to the question; is it possible to forward USB drives on the host OS to the guest OS (DOS) as a hard drive? So instead of using a disk image, you ...
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How to calculate Over-Provisioning on an SSD - Which Method do you use?

QUESTION SUMMARY: Is overprovisioning based on a percentage of the original user accessible physical space availble (METHOD #1) OR is it based on unallocated space divided by allocated space ...
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Dual simultaneous USB flash drive between a PC and an embedded system?

I couldn’t decide which site to post this on, but figured this was the best fit. I’m trying to set up a testing environment for an embedded system running ChibiOS. This embedded system expects a USB ...
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What are “chkdisk” options for Windows 7?

Such as -f and other options. Back story for the curios: While using my my USB harddrive (NTFS) on Linux it gave me a warning that I should scan this disk drive under Windows and make sure it ...
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Cannot reconnect USB disk after exceeding power

Due to a slightly defect cable Windows sometimes gives me a warning that the device is taking too much power (pop up in notification tray). It then gets disconected. Unfortunately, I cannot safely ...
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Banana Pi as mass storage device

Is it possible to let a Banana Pi act as USB Slave so others can access to it as if it would be a mass storage device (like a USB flash drive)? The idea behind that is that I have a TV which only ...
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USB media that can be safely unplugged while being written to

I did several tests with unplugging USB media while they are being written to. Host system is Linux Mint 17.1 on a Laptop with USB 2.0. For USB hard disks, it appears that after calling 'sync', data ...
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How can I give more power to usb devices connected to my laptop?

I am getting a USB audio interface with mic preamplifier and I am worried if my laptop will be enough to power it (or if it won't get damaged by by the device).Is there a thing I could connect between ...
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How to share an encrypted storage on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in a secure way

I got a 2 TB drive that I have to use with both Windows 8.1 / Windows 10 and Yosemite to OS X / OS X El Capitan and maybe even on Linux. I need to encrypt the volume. Or rather, I want to create two ...
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How Can I Make Two (Or More) Usb Ports Act LIke One? [closed]

From what I understand, usb 3.0 storage devices have a higher data transfer rate (though it also depends on other factors), and that they're backwards-compatible with usb 2.0. However, when used in a ...
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Windows does not allow lower case letterns in drive names [duplicate]

I have been facing this weired problem for some time. When I try to rename a removable disk, if there is any lowercase letters, windows will convert them to upper case. My attemp in vain: Why is ...
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recover invisible folders caused by mac osx disk eject

I have 2TB Adata USB 3.0 hdd. I connected it to mac book pro and due to wire issue the hdd got disconnected. After the incident the hdd's ntfs partition shows space full but not showing all folders. ...
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USB Storage w/ OS on HDD

I want to plug a USB storage HDD into a Raspberry Pi and use it as a NAS. The HDD is from my old Macbook, so it will have an OS on it. Is it still possible to treat it like an extra HDD and retrieve ...
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Network Attached Storage with USB Storage, Macbook HDD, and Raspberry Pi

I have an old Macbook 13" and i want to make the HDD into a network attached storage device. Basically tear the HDD out, attach it to a USB storage device, and connect that to a Raspberry Pi. I want ...
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Pendrive recognized as USB 1.1 device

I have just pluged-in my old USB pendrive to simple nettop with Windows 7 on board. I used every of three USB ports and in each of them I saw standard Windows notice, that this device can work much ...
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Thumb Drive Loses Files

I have a thumb drive - a Lexar JumpDrive FireFly 2GB - that will lose 50-80% of the files every now and again. It is formatted as FAT32 using "Quick Format" option. I usually use it between Windows ...
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Which Windows events purge USB storage cache?

Let's say I logged out of my user account in Windows (back to the Welcome screen) and suddenly realized that my USB thumbdrive is still in. And I would like to eject it. Do I have to log back in in ...
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How to back-up data to an internal drive without changing the OS?

Is it possible to use an internal hard drive as an external back-up hard drive without changing my OS? I connected my internal hard drive to my computer through a usb port using a sata-to-usb ...
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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 ...