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 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 ...
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How to find out which process is using an external USB drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I identify what application is using the file? Often when I try to eject my external USB hard disk, I get this message: Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage ...
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Data Integrity with Desktop External HDD connected to daisy chained Dell Monitor USB hub

I have two Dell U2412M monitors, both of which have USB hubs built into them. I have one of those hubs connected to my MacBook Pro directly, and that hub has a webcam plugged into it. I want to ...
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How can I recover my Transcend pendrive when both the used space and free space are 0 bytes?

I have an Transcend pendrive, and when I connect it and double click it to explore, it is showing the error: Please insert a disk into drive Also In the properties field it is showing File ...
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My pendrive is not working and showing Unknown file System

I have a pendrive when I insert it into one o my port it shows in the My Computer but when I try to explore, it shows please insert a disk into drive H. However my usb drive is well inserted. I tried ...
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NTFS 'Owner' missing when accessing hard disk from external USB adapter

I have a hard drive with Windows XP SP3 installed on it. When the drive is connected through the standard SATA connector inside the laptop, everything works as expected. However when I remove the ...
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USB storage devices are unmounted when I close the lid of the laptop

I'm running an ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop. And, I'm going to use it as a home server. I have 3 TiB-hard disk connected through a usb port. This disk is necessary. But, every time I close the lid of ...
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Sharing storage partition from linux device over usb

I have an ARM device running linux using a micro sd card as it's storage. The sd card is split into 3 partitions, the boot partition, the linux partition and a 3rd partition for storage. The third ...
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Captiva SATA to USB 2.0 + Seagate Barracuda weirdness

We have got several Captiva SATA to USB 2.0 external enclosures which used to work fine with 1 and 2 TB Hitachi drives. Now, Hitachi is gone so we had to switch to a different manufacturer and choose ...
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Cannot copy anything onto WD Elements 1TB External USB HDD

I have a Western Digital 1023 Elements 1TB External USB HDD. Recently, it has started an unusual problem. I cannot copy any file of any size on to that 1TB hard-drive, eventhough it has more than 400 ...
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USB 500 GB Drive now says its full w/ only 260 GB of data?

I just purchased a 500 GB Toshiba Canvio 3.0 USB Drive (one of those usb-powered portable 2.5" drives). Initially, Windows reported its size as 465 GB, with about 458 free. My primary hard drive is ...
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How to share a folder as an USB mass storage device (from a raspberry pi)

I'd like to do something quite simple ... in my mind. I've got an "old" photo frame with an usb port and SD card slot (but without networking) that I would like to keep in sync with my NAS "Photo ...
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USB storage devices no longer recognized after installing VMware tools

I installed the VMware tools within Mac. Since then any USB external storage drive that was once recognized is now not recognized. In Driver Manager I receive this message unknown device. I been ...
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Finding hardware details for USB keydrive?

I use Speccy on Windows to find what hardware is installed on a PC, but when it comes to USB keydrives, it doesn't tell much: Device Kind: USB storage Device Name: Disk drive Comment: Audio Player ...
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I am receiving a message stating “unknown device” when i plug a usb or external hard-drive in my computer.

I am having an issue with USB drives and Windows. When any external media device is attached to the computer in Device Manager I receive the message unknown USB device. This happens with USB drives ...
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Are there any advantages to USB-SATA over USB-IDE?

I have an external USB hard disk that I use with VirtualBox (the VM has exclusive access to the disk). It's an IDE disk. I've recently come into possession of a SATA hard disk of the same size. Since ...
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Protecting USB flash drive against viruses

I got some questions about USB FLash drive protection: I'm using Panda USB Vaccine to protect my Flash drive. As far as I know, Panda's app makes autorun file read-only. Imagine that, my flash drive ...
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Creating bootable USB drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive? I'm wanting to install another OS on my network with no CD drive and wondering how to create a bootable ISO on a USB drive. ...
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Is USB2 too slow to stream videos from a wifi network?

I plan to get a network USB hub to hook to my router and then I want to stick a portable hard drive in which I plan to have all my videos and music. Is this a good option? Is USB 2.0 too slow for ...
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How to determine whether a pen-drive is being used for the first time in a system?

Kindly give a detailed answer. Suppose I have a laptop and a pen-drive, and I insert the pen-drive into the laptop, how do I determine whether the particular pndrive is being used in the system for ...