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 3.0 hard drive in usb 3 port only recognized as usb 2

Today, I bought a Sabrent CP-4PTU USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller. I installed the latest software from the website, and after a reboot, I plugged in a USB 3.0 hard drive into the controller, and the ...
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Pen-drive / USB-Drive not working after installing ubuntu in it

I put in ubuntu in pendrive and made pendrive bootable by unetbootin. Now the pendrive doesn't work anymore due to that, it is not opening, when I put in windows OS, it doesn't show its total space ...
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Lock USB pendrives to specific computers

We have pendrives for data operators, they look at sensitive data and the pendrives are for work use in case they need to transfer data between their computers (Their network is isolated and is not ...
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Share USB-storage between two devices

This question will sound strange so bear with me and let me explain. I have an embedded device, this device works in such a way that when a USB-storage is connected to it, it immediately creates a ...
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Can I sync contents of external harddisk with Megasync?

I just added a new sync and the local folder is located on a USB external hard disk. What will happen when I disconnect the hard disk from the computer? Will Mega keep the files in the cloud?
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Debian - Problems Unmounting External Hard Drives

I recently installed Debian Testing on a new laptop and I just noticed that I am having some issues with unmounting external hard drives. I am using Mate Desktop 1.8.1. With the 1st drive, if I right ...
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Can I connect external USB storage to Wi-Fi repeater

My home network router does not support connecting external USB storage. I must use it (it's used for phone and cables, as well), but I'd really like to have shared storage. In general, I ...
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Eject USB storage on Windows 8.1: 2 different brand drives appear as sub-options under same option

I have a HGST Touro 500Gb USB3 drive and a Samsung 1Tb USB3 drive attached to my Windows 8.1 Pro machine and a few other drives as well. When I go to safely disconnect one of these drives, in the ...
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Does a router USB port means it supports NAS?

My ISP will be sending me a SmartRG SR505n modem/router and I see from the specs that it has a USB 2.0 port. Does this mean that it supports adding a NAS (my extrenal HDD for example?). I checked the ...
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Removing Junk Software/Partition That Comes On USB Stick

Okay so I bought a EMTEC 8GB thumb drive today to load a LIVE bodhi(ubuntu) on in order to repair my system. Right now, I am currently booted on a debian live CD (Elive) I'm trying to install Bodhi ...
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hd0 out of disk, grub rescue> when botting up off a USB drive ONLY with HP EliteBook

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on a bootable USB drive. It works well with 2 laptops (meaning, laptops boot successfully off the USB drive). However, when I connect the USB drive to a HP EliteBook ...
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How to properly use USB sticks on Linux and Windows machines?

I've been a Linux user for about a year (Fedora 20) and have had a persistent problem with USB sticks (USB from now on for short) since then. I use my USB in both Linux and Windows machines, and my ...
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Win7 x64 large copy File creation error - The semaphore timeout period has expired

I have spent all day trying to copy a 680GB file from an NTFS USB3.0 drive (Disk #2 below) to an NTFS USB2.0 drive (Disk #3 below) with plenty of free, unfragmented space. I have tried it in both ...
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Access storage attached to a PLC via internet

In the company I work for, there is a PLC which logs events to a generic USB flash disk connected to it. The company which provided and programmed the PLC has closed - so there is no support. Every ...
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Linux kernel doesn't load removable device with system on it

I'm having issue with booting into my Fedora 19. First of all I have to mention that I "extracted" that system from virtual disk (simply DD the content of root and boot partition on physical disk), so ...
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Newly installed kernel, “unable to mount” USB device

So I recently built and installed a custom Linux Kernel from the v3.8.8 source code. I had to reinstall the wifi driver and got that working but when I plug in my DiskGo Edge external hard drive I get ...
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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 wouldn'...
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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 ...