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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USB drive data transfer control?

I want to allow only authorized USB drives to transfer data from my computers. How can this be achieved? My computers have win 8/win 7 installed.
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Ubuntu unable to detect external USB hard drive

I tried mounting external usb hard drive.But it does'nt detect. Here is dmesg log: [ 3025.963395] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, address 3 [ 3194.935661] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device using ...
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USB storage bricked? (0kb on windows AND linux)

Same device as on this question I have a device which has been infected with a malware (the one which transform file to .lnk, windows shortcut). After cleaning, it didn t show on windows, but on ...
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USB storage recognized on linux, not windows, mkfs in which type?

I have a key that have been infected by the famous virus which transform files to shortcut. I ve done USBFix to clean it, and put it on a raspberry pi, I saw files in normal and .lnk form, and erased ...
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How to write protect microSD card?

My phone is corrupting memory cards while trying to write data. I want to make my microSD read-only or write protect it (even if phone is not the reason). Searching on Google returns the solutions to ...
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USB drive malfunction

My Seagate free agent goflex 1TB is not getting recognized in my windows 7 laptop.. It was working till yesterday. It is not showing up in device manager. Is there any way I can reinstall the driver? ...
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Are MicroSD card to USB bridges size limited?

I'm looking to buy a MicroSD to USB converter and want to use it with a 32 gig MicroSD card. Some online listings for these devices don't mention any size limits, others (for the same model device) ...
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Is it safe to remove USB media when a computer is suspended?

We are often cautioned against unplugging USB drives in case it is currently being read from or written to. When a computer is suspended, hibernated, or asleep is it obviously not writing any data; it ...
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Android 4.4: access smartphone as USB memory

When connecting my old Android 2.3-based smartphone with a PC, I get a notification to enable it as USB memory. When I try the same with my new Moto G (Android 4.4.2), I don't get such a notification. ...
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How to tell if USB 3.0 UASP mode is enabled?

In Windows 7 (64-bit Pro) is there a way to tell if a connected USB 3.0 drive is running with UASP enabled?
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Recover Deleted Partition on USB Stick

I accidentally deleted everything off my (16GB Sony Micro Vault) USB memory Stick. I ran DISKPART /CLEAR on the wrong drive. How do I recover my data (approx. 14GB)? Scanning with Active@ Undelete ...
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ZFS formated USB drive in mirrored zpool keeps becoming unavailable. Any idea why?

I have two 4 TB USB drives in a mirrored zpool running on Debian 7.2. About once a week, the zpool will go into a degraded state with the following error: status: One or more devices could not be ...
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“Old” USB hard drive won't work with newer computers

It's the strangest thing — which is my prefatory way of saying I have no idea why this is happening, so hardly know how to search for answers. I apologize if this is something basic or if it has been ...
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Configure default folder view for storage connected via MTP

I'm connecting a Samsung GS4 phone to Windows 7 using USB. By default the SGS4 uses MTP for the USB connection. Windows apparently thinks any device using MTP is a media player and only contains media ...
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Can I install Windows from a USB stick to a USB stick?

I am building a Windows 7 system without a CD/DVD drive or hard drive. I followed one of the many tutorials for creating a bootable installation USB stick, but I couldn't find one for installing to ...
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Ubuntu not seeing/mounting 1TB hdd

I'm trying to set up an USB stick with Ubuntu (or some other Linux distribution perhaps), plus some anti-virus rescue disks to check Windows PCs every now and then. It works fine for hard drives below ...
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'USB Drive' Access is denied

I put a USB drive in the port and tried to read it but an error message pops up. E:/ is not accessible. Access is denied. It was a public computer so I don't have access to Control Panel or ...
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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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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 (eg. imdisk -a -s 2104515b -m R: -f ...
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USB drive is not recognised 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 on the drive, but nothing in Explorer or Disk Management. It even works when I plug ...
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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 ...