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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Do Windows permissions on removable drives apply to any system the drive is connected to?

When I set permissions on a usb drive, will they remain when I connect it to another system? I assume not, because they refer to users on the original system, correct?
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Disable USB storage access on non-admin account

The admin processes should always run while letting other people use the PC using a non-admin account. I want to restrict usb access for the non-admin account for preventive security. How can I do ...
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USB stick mysteriously become write protected [duplicate]

So, somehow over the weekend, my 1GB USB flash drive has managed to become write-protected. The is no switch on the stick, so I'm concluding that something has corrupted at some point. Obviously I ...
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automatically wipe all files on USB device and upload a new file

I have been tasked with deleting existing documents on over 300 USBs and uploading a new file on to the now-clean-USBs. Automatic procedure: Is there an autorun solution or program to remove all ...
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Windows computer no longer able to detect or initialize USB hard disks

For a number of months now, one of my Windows 7 desktop systems running on a ASUS P8Z77-V motherboard has lost the ability to properly interact with USB hard disks. Either they go completely ...
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USB Drive went into Read-only mode and doesn't allow me to write or delete anything

I am using Linux kernel 3.4.56 and I was working with a USB stick but while doing a system upgrade procedure, it went into read-only mode. And now it doesn't allow me to write or delete anything. I ...
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After upgrading to Windows 8.1, external USB drive disconnecting and reconnecting intermittently

I upgraded from Windows 8.0 to 8.1 recently and ever since the external USB drive (with power supply) connected via a powered USB hub started disconnecting and then automatically connecting after a ...
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Western Digital My Passport doesn't show up on My Computer

As the title suggests, my WD external hard disk doesn't show up on My Computer in Windows 7. Yesterday it worked perfectly but today it doesn't. I plugged in the hard disk and the light is blinking ...
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How can I troubleshoot SSD disconnection problems on Windows 7?

I have a small SSD (Transcend StoreJet TS256GESD200K) which I am using on several computers. The drive is formatted with NTFS and recently I started noticing disconnects. Normally one probably ...
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What causes “All-in-one USB Card Reader” to create 6 drives that always appear in Disk Management? [duplicate]

I installed a "All-in-one USB Card Reader" to read SD cards and other media. It has caused six new drives to appear in Disk Management with six new drive letter assignments. These drives and letters ...
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Mount a folder as a external device

Is it possible to mount a folder so that windows recognize it as an external usb storage (like a memory card or usb stick)? Using Window 8.
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Can I make Windows use my USB drive as an extension of its disk space transparently?

In my college laboratories, any student can access a computer with their login info. If it is your first time, the computer will prepare a desktop for you and give you a partition of disk space. I'm ...
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What is the best way to make a flash drive with many bootable things

I want to make a flash drive with lots of bootable things on it, a toolkit of sorts. The list of things that I want to boot on it so far it Hirens Boot Disk Backtrack Linux Knoppix STD Ophcrack XP ...
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Cant access USB connected to WDR3600 acting as an access point

Well hello. I have two routers at home. The one that my ISP provided me with is a Huawei and doesnt have the option for USB sharing so i connected my TP Link - WDR3600 to the Huawei and took all the ...
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If an external HDD's USB port gets busted, will plugging the HDD's SATA directly to a PC possibly work?

My Western Digital MyBook Essential crashed recently, and I'm unable to access it through Ubuntu nor Windows. My goal is to recover my data, and wondering if it's advisable to connect the HDD ...
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How would I exactly duplicate a USB drive?

I have a standard USB flash drive that I have partitioned and formatted and organized and done quite a lot of things to. I was hoping to create another copy of that drive, with partitions and ...
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Is it true that a hard drive need to be used once in a while to stay alive?

I have heard someone saying that someone else said hard-disks need to be "moved" once in a while, meaning it has to spin or data has to read or written to once in a while or something like that. I am ...
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If USB sticks and/or external drives have limits, I mean on the number of writes and deletes, how about reads and copys?

If USB sticks and/or external drives have limits, I mean on the number of writes and deletes, how about reads and copys? Are number of reads and/or copys also have limits in USB sticks or external ...
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Opening .FSD files

How do I open a file with a FSD extension on a Sony Micro Vault USB drive? Receive an error message suggesting to look for a solution on line. This merely presents a number of vendors wishing to sell ...
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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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USB drive not regognised in one port

I have a WD Passport USB drive. It works fine in my laptop except for one port. I plug it in, the light comes on the drive, but nothing in explorer or disk management. It even works when I plug it ...
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Minimizing SSD read/write with USB storage [duplicate]

I'm purchasing an ultrabook with an SSD (I've used only HDDs hitherto), and am slightly worried by the drive's read-write longevity. Should I store frequently read/written directories (e.g. downloads, ...
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Under what circumstance is one justified in ruling a [usb flash, thumb drive] to be dead? [closed]

What should be the criteria for declaring a usb thumb drive non-functional/faulty? I'm talking specifically about the typically inexpensive (though sometimes more expensive) USB storage devices. ...
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Is it possible to install more than one os in one pen drive?

Hello I have a one confusion question that is it possible that make bootable pendrive but not with one os but more than one os. Like.. When pendrive load.. show me the option of which one install? ...
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RHEL: Mount 4TB USB drive

I have a 4TB USB drive that I want to use as a backup. I'm wondering if my 32 bit RHEL 5 system can handle it or if I need to find a 64 bit version. Via dmesg I see it getting recognized as /dev/sdd1 ...
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Usb HDD stops working with Task being blocked

I started using a Raspberry Pi with an up to date Arch Linux Images. The configuration is a simple raspberry pi Ver. B, bought about 2 weeks ago ( so the usb limitation is fixed ), a 8GB SD Card for ...
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Want simple RAID capable direct attached storage device that abstracts the RAID config

I am looking for a device for my mother for redundant storage of her photos. Local (non-cloud) based is a requirement. I would prepare the device for her in a RAID 1+0 (at least 4 drives, striped no ...
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Disable USB mass storage via group policy based on the time of day?

I would like to disable USB mass storage for a group of users during specific hours of the day (lets say, 9AM to 5PM). I know that with Windows Server 2008, there is a group policy that will disable ...
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Connect USB storage device to 2 computers at a time

I'd like to connect an USB storage device to 2 computers at the same time (With a cable, not over the network). Is this possible? Context: I want my Raspberry Pi to save output on an external ...
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How do I reformat my encrypted key drive to ExFAT on my MAC?

I have a 32GB key drive that I had formatted with the OSX extended encrypted FS. I wanted to reformat it as ExFat so that I could use it between Mac and Windows. The Disk Utility on the MAC will do ...
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Virtualbox can NOT mount an USB drive

I have on my laptop a windows system (windows 8), in which I have a Virtualbox installation(4.2.12, most recent). I have a virtual machine setup with the Virtualbox, and the OS is Ubuntu (12.0 LTS). I ...
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USB drive's icon not appearing on Windows XP

I have a USB flash drive for which I want to use a custom icon. My autorun.inf looks like this: [Autorun] UseAutoPlay=1 Label=TrueCrypt Traveler Disk Icon=Volume.ico Action=Start TrueCrypt Background ...
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Need a WIFI device to emulate USB storage [duplicate]

I have a TV satellite receiver that has a USB port to connect an external HDD to it. In another room, I've got an ESXi server with plenty storage in RAID and stuff. I want to have the TV receiver ...
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Mount USB Device in Debian

I'm using a Siduction (a Debian derivative) on a Lenovo x230 laptop which has a built-in SD drive, and I'm trying to mount it to get some pictures of off an SD card. I've also tried connecting the ...
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control mount order of partitions on a USB disk in linux

I have a backup external hard drive in a USB box that is identical to my laptop's boot drive so that I can swap it in if my boot drive fails. When it's connected to the system for normal use (e.g., ...
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Copy files/using apps on HD with no drive letter?

My phone path is Computer\Model-Number\Phone. I wanted to use a util like windirstat on it but it doesn't recognize the path since it doesn't have a drive letter (I assume). I tried copying all my ...
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External HDD unrecognized [duplicate]

I have an external IDE harddrive. I plug the USB to the PC, switch on the power and I hear that the HDD is working(no scratch, no shar noise, just a smooth hdd is what I hear). My problem is, that the ...
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Restoring 1 GB to original 4 GB

I tried installing some Chrome OS on my 4 GB flashdrive and it got formatted and whatnot. Now I formatted it once more with Windows and it is now 1 GB and no longer 4 GB. I read somewhere that I ...
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How to disable execution of shell scripts and executables on USB device?

We have a industrial system(running on linux) with a USB port. We have the USB port only for copying certain data. Other than this we don't want the USB drive to contain any other executables or ...
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How to set an external hard drive to not be bootable?

When I connect my external hard drive to my PC, it tries to boot from it but is unable to do so because there is no OS installed. And rightly so, I only want to use it for dumb storage. How can I set ...
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Bitlocker To Go drive is mounted as Read Only after it's unlocked

A while back I encrypted an external USB drive (NTFS) with Bitlocker To Go on my Windows 7 PC. Now, when I connect the drive to my Windows 8 PC, I enter the Bitlocker password for the drive when ...
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USB Flash drive or USB SSD Drive to use Linux from USB? [closed]

I'm looking for an USB drive which I will use to store my Linux o.s. and run it from there. I have both laptop and PC with a lot of RAM (8/12 GB), so because I don't want to keep those 2 systems ...
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Provide multiple thumb-drives via RAID 0 / USB-hub better performance than a single thumb-drive? [duplicate]

Suppose I'd attach N flash-sticks to an USB-hub and configure them using soft-RAID level 0 [striping]. Is this configuration likely to provide better throughput than a single flash-stick?
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Run a program when USB mass storage device connected [duplicate]

I want to run a program, say a batch file, when any USB mass storage device is connected. I also want to pass the drive letter as a parameter to this batch file. This can perhaps be achieved using ...
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How to estimate download/enumeration times in large USB trees?

I'm doing a system design in which many flash-memory devices are connected into a USB tree of hubs, and I need to estimate how long it will take for them all to do a download ... which is complicated ...
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Which external USB drives work with Windows 8 Storage Spaces?

First, a bit of background: Microsoft brags about how the new Windows 8 Storage Spaces support any interface (including USB) for attaching drives to add to a Storage Pool: ...
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My USB flash drive cannot be read, the OS asks me if I'm to format it now

I'm using a Sandisk 4 GB flash drive on a Windows XP machine and just found it cannot be read anymore. The OS keeps telling me the disk cannot be read and if I'm to reformat it now. I have ...
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Do I need to install “WD Apps Setup.exe”?

I just bought a My Passport 2TB Western Digital USB 3.0 portable hard drive [link], do I need to install "WD Apps Setup.exe"? MORE: From checking Device Manager, my system does not appear to be USB ...
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How to identify USB-sticks that will appear as non-removable before buying?

For a home lab project, I'm going to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 on a USB-stick. The process is described in this guide (for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, but also works for 2012): Deploying ...
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rsync … blocked for more than 120 seconds

I'm running an rsync between two external USB 2TB drives to make a copy on a CentOS 5.9 server. It appears to have stalled, and it hangs when I cd to the source drive in the copy, while the ...