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 to fix MBR of external hard disk? [duplicate]

I have 320Gb WD hard disk and recently I got some folders corrupted and I tried to use tool called HDD re generator to fix the hard disk and while it repairing it was interrupted now hard disk won't ...
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What is the difference between “drive letter” and “volume label”

I am under the impression that "volume label" is available on linux, too whereas "drive letter" is windows specific. Where can I read that up?
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VirtualBox USB 3.0 Storage Settings

I'm taking a college course where we are using VMs to safely work with the Linux kernel, and as such, we've been told that it would be useful to have our VM stored on a flash drive (if we want to work ...
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Windows 7 BSoD + Restart when plugging and unplugging flash drive

I have a Gumstix Overo Fire COM that I have loaded with a basic linux kernel and mass storage drivers. The device is then connected to a host machine, to which it appears as a common USB storage ...
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Method of Checking Integrity of Data and Managing Data Reliably

II have important data that I would like to store offline with occasional addition. But, when data is stored offline, there is a possibility that the data may become corrupt and I may not even know ...
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Turning off unused hard drives

I have a PC running Ubuntu 12.10 server as my custom home server. There are a number of hard drives connected to it via USB. The server runs 24-7 and I was wondering if there is any way or any ...
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When I connect 4 USB drives to my PC at the same time, does each slot have 480 Mbit/s?

When I connect 4 USB drives to the 4 available slots on a PC at the same time, does each slot have theoretical 480 Mbit/s or will it be quartered and every port will only have 120 Mbit/s? Does this ...
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Freecom portable drive is not working with longer cable

I got a FREECOM 2.5" Mobile Drive XXS 500 gb portable hdd, but on my laptop which stands on a laptop cooler it's coming unhandy for me to plug-it in, because the cooler it's too tall, so my hdd has to ...
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Connecting a Hard Drive, Laptop-desktop What's the Difference [closed]

I was just wondering what's the difference when connecting a desktop and laptop hard drive to a computer, as I know from attempts, you connect them both internally no problem but if you were to use a ...
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USB drive has no errors, but Windows 7 won't recognize it. How do I fix it?

I have an external USB drive that was working just fine, and then the internal SATA drive on my PC crashed. After replacing the internal drive, upgrading the processor, and reinstalling Windows 7, I ...
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Transmission: permission denied on USB disk

I have Raspberry Pi running RaspBMC with a WD MyBook connected using USB. The drive is automatically mounted to /media/My Book. I have created a folder /media/My Book/downloads and I have set ...
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Which direction should I transfer my files? USB 2.0 to 3.0 or vise-versa?

I have a USB 2.0 enclosure and a USB 3.0 enclosure. I want to transfer large files from one to the other very often. Should I put the source drive in the 3.0, or the 2.0? Theoretically, IF each ...
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Recovering data from a broken memory stick

I have a memory stick that isn't being recognized by multiple computers and the light which usually comes on doesn't anymore so I assume it is broken. The problem is that there is some important data ...
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How do I prevent Windows from randomly spinning up a (green) USB harddrive?

Even if the powersaving feature of Windows is set to never shut down my harddrive, my external USB harddrives will still spin themselves down automatically after some period of inactivity. The problem ...
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RAIDing flash drives

The other day I had what I thought was a great idea - I could buy up a bunch of cheap USB 2.0 drives and fill up the spaces in my 7-port USB hub for a super-fast RAID device! But in the light of day ...
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How can I repair my USB drive?

USB drive is in read only state and I can't repair it. First of all I tried erase it using dd: root@yurko-laptop:/home/yurko-laptop# ls -l /dev/disk/by-id | grep usb lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Дек 18 ...
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Can I connect SATA harddrive to my laptop through USB port

I have 160 GB SATA harddrive in my PC, but my PC is not working. I want to copy my SATA hard drive data to my laptop. Is it possible to connect my pc hard drive to a laptop via USB?
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How can I pin point a USB file transfer bottleneck in Unix?

I'm experiencing very slow data transfer speeds over USB 2.0 on my nix box and was wondering how I can pin-point the cause of the problem. I've looked into iotop and top but the cpu and mem figures ...
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How can I solve my USB port malfunction in my HP DV6 Laptop?

I have currently 4 USB ports in my HP DV6 1337tx Laptop. Everything was fine until before someday when I saw my pendrive is being detected and within 3-4 seconds it is being undetected again. That ...
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USB flash drive unreadable after a few minutes on Windows 8

I recently got a new computer with Windows 8. I a have a number of large backup files I am moving from my old PC to my new one. I was able to successfully copy the files to a couple 16 GB flash ...
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Mistakenly overwritten USB HDD with linux dd command

So I created a linux live cd with the dd command. On the wrong usb drive. My 1TB drive now has a 500MB live usb installation on it. I have ~500GB of files that I'd quite like back. Is there any hope ...
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How do you write a bootloader to the MBR?

I was trying to write a bootloader in the assembly language to a USB drive, to test it on another computer. The bootloader (should) work with intel processors. The computer I'm testing it on (windows ...
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USB Harddisk not working on dual boot windows7/8

Yesterday I installed Windows 8 on a machine that already had Windows 7. They are on dual boot and both systems work fine. The problem is that inserting a USB hard disk in either system does nothing. ...
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Speed constraints of encrypted USB drives - Where are the bottlenecks?

I would like to keep my 1.5TB USB 2.0 external drive that I use for backups encrypted. I'm using TrueCrypt and have created a fully encrypted volume. This took 18 hours. My question is: Does ...
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Can I change the password of Backtrack running on a Live USB?

I am planning to run backtrack in Live USB mode with persistent memory, can I change the password of root, because my friends will certainly mess up with the files if it has default root/toot ...
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Best usb storage for my router, Asus RT-AC66U? [closed]

I have the ASUS RT-AC66U and I want to add a USB storage to it. It has 2x USB, and Im already using one for my printer. So the last one I want to use to attach a USB storage, and I've read some ...
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File security of books/papers on a eReader [closed]

In context with IT security it is suggested to encrypt data on portable devices like USB-sticks, so if they get lost the confidential data does remain secret. But what if they confidential material is ...
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USB mass storage device split to 2 devices

When I connect an Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 4TB hard drive in a Fantec DB-ALUE2e external SATA enclosure to a Lenovo T400 laptop using the USB 2.0 port, the hard drive gets split to 2 devices: [ ...
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How can I mount an EXT4 USB drive on Windows 8?

I have a USB drive formatted as EXT4. How can I mount it in Windows 8? Ideas on other workarounds are appreciated as well!
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How can I remove all drivers and other files related to a USB Mass Storage device?

I have a flash drive here that does not work on one OS on computer - let's call it the desktop Windows 7. It works fine on another computer - laptop Windows 7. It also works fine on Windows 8 on the ...
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Format USB flash drive as readonly [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make a USB drive read only Can you make a flashdrive read-only? Is there any way to format a USB partition as readonly? Obviously any operating system could re-format ...
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external HDD encryption with limited user rights on computer

I want to buy a new external hard drive to have work project files handy on the go. Unfortunately the IT department has realised that security of external drives is an issue but they have not provided ...
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SATA Hard Drives coming up in Computer Management but no drive letter assigned

I have a bunch of old SATA hard drives which I am gathering data from using a standard SATA USB Enclosure. Everything works well except with two drives (500GB each) that I took out from my NAS (D-Link ...
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Controlling USB media access on Red Hat or Centos Linux 6.3

I'm trying to control which users can use USB media (mass storage devices such as USB memory sticks and hard-drives) on Red Hat/ Centos 6.3 Linux. I would like something that is network wide, so a ...
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All items in my pen drive had been renamed automatically and cannot open it [duplicate]

All the items (both files and folders) inside my pen drive had been renamed to some characters like :]h.¡>?.A╕╗ and when I try to open any folder Windows gives this message. The filename,directory ...
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What downsides are there to running an OS off of a flash drive instead of a hard drive (USB 3.0 and 2.0) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does a hard drive compare to Flash memory working as a hard drive in terms of speed? I recently purchased a 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive, and I'm considering using it as ...
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How can I make sure that my two USB disks are mounted at startup?

When I start my ubuntu server, my two USB hard disks are typically not automatically mounted. However, if I unplug the disks and and plug them back in, they're detected and mounted. How can I ensure ...
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I've lost a pen drive but I printed off a word document from it a few days… Can I recover a temp version from Word or Windows?

Is there a way to recover documents that have been printed off a pen drive but the pen drive has been lost? I've check the print and there is no file, would word or windows keep a temp copy of a ...
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My Portable Hard Drive with USB3 didn't work when connected to My Laptop, but it working with USB2 properly

I have Western Digital My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive with USB3 and Model:WDBACY5000ABK-EESN. Until about two or three months ago when I connected that to My Laptop USB3 port, that worked ...
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Best way to authorize a USB device in an organisation?

I am developing a project where I need to restrict usage of accessing non white-listed USB devices in the organization's network. I am using it by checking the VID and PID of that USB devices. Now, ...
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Verifying USB connection speed (USB 3 or USB 2?)

I've purchased several new USB 3 capable drives to use with my new (USB 3 capable) laptop. They connect ok but I suspect they're silently falling back to USB 2. The sustained transfer rates I'm seeing ...
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Windows 7 on laptop hard drive does not boot after installing Windows to Go on external hard drive

Just successfully installed and ran Windows 8's Windows to Go on a USB external hard drive. However, after shutting down and removing the USB hard disk, whey I to start my laptop (with only Windows 7 ...
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Internal drive bottleneck for usb to usb transfer?

Say, I want to copy the contents of a USB 3 hard drive to another USB 3 hard drive. My computer has USB 3 ports, so that's ok. Would the internal drive be a possible bottleneck? I.e: While ...
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USB 3.0 hard disk not detected on a particular host controller?

I have a USB 3.0 hard disk which has always been working on my desktop with an XHCI. Now I just bought a notebook with an XHCI (something with Intel's Ivy Bridge setup). The first time I plug the ...
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linux: mount old ATA disk to USB adapter

I am trying to recover data from an old Linux that was installed in a computer on an ATA hard drive. I found a ScanLogic Corp. SL11R-IDE IDE Bridge (04ce:0002), an ATA adapter to USB 1.0 like the one ...
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Is it common to have portable hard drive not recognize?

I have a bad hard drive which could not be recognized by windows. If windows can recognize it, it could just be pure luck. There are better chance of it being recognize by plugging it at the usb back ...
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USB hard disk stopped working in Debian without unmounting

I've seen a similar question arround here, but it doesn't solve my problem, because is a diferent problem. I have an external hard disk and it works fine, but after a while being mounted and working ...
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Does this memory stck have a virus? It is showing only 541kb but the original size is 4 gb

My friend has a USB memory stick which is supposed to be 4 gb. Suddenly it has changed its size after they actually tried new software for locking usb drives. As a result the memory sticks size is ...
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Backup data rate on Raspberry Pi maxing out at 5 Mb/s. Why?

I set up my Raspberry Pi as a Time Machine, as documented here. At the moment, the Raspberry Pi is connected to my MacBook Pro using a direct Ethernet cable. Also, an external hard drive (laptop ...
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Installing Yaboot on an external USB hard drive

I'm trying to install Ubuntu on an external USB hard drive but I can't install Yaboot. My Mac is a PowerPC G4 iMac flat panel. I know that it's possible to boot on USB using open firmware and I know ...