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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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 ...
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Is there a similar UNetbootin utility for a Toshiba External HDD?

Is there a similar UNetbootin utility for a Toshiba External HDD? Or can I use a Utility using the UNetbootin app. Thanks. I misundertood the UNetbootin utility, I thought it was specific to ...
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How to check if a particular disk sector contains data?

Kangaru USB mass storage device duplicator In the product description, one of the features it boasts is "Brief Mode", wherein it only copies those sectors that contain data. My question is, how does ...
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Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 hard drive not recognized by Linux, causes fdisk to hang

I'm running Kubuntu 12.04. I have a brand new, never used Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 hard drive. It's an internal drive. I installed it in a USB enclosure. When I connect it to my PC, nothing happens ...
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How to check whether there is bad sector on a USB harddisk on OS X?

How can I check whether there are any bad sectors on a USB Hard Disk Drive?
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Is it worth to buy an external USB SSD drive for my laptop to increase performance?

I'm a programmer, and I use Eclipse for Java development. Recently I've installed an internal (SATA) SSD drive on my home machine, transferred Eclipse installation and project to it and noticed a ...
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How to track the USB storage devices connected to my Windows Server 2008R2 machine

We would like to monitor the unauthorized file copy from our local server to USB storage devices. We are not sure where windows logs all the USB storage devices connections. Please tell me, Is there ...
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My external disk made a clicking noise. What should I do?

I have a USB2+Firewire external disk that made a clicking noise, and Mac OS X immediately unmounted it and put up a dialog box saying that a peripheral is misbehaving. The disk made a clicking noise ...
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How can I prevent Windows from setting and/or caring about dirty volume flags?

I have an external USB hard drive that Windows 7 doesn't properly recognize as being a USB device, it thinks it's a regular internal drive. As such, it won't let me eject it, and I've been using an ...
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Accessing an ATAPI Zip Drive via a USB-ATA bridge

I have an old Iomega Zip100 drive (labelled as ATAPI) which I'm trying to access via a USB-ATA/SATA bridge. Under Windows 7, plugging it in brings up an error in Device Manager (USB Mass Storage ...
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USB transfer speed “logarithmically” decreases. Why and can it be improved?

I have an external hard drive. Just today I tried to copy a bigger file (it was film of ~230 MB) and at first it rushed up until ~70%. There is started decreasing. At first it started at around 56 ...
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How to stop Windows from needlessly requesting to format external hard drive?

I have Windows 7. My Freegate external hard drive runs via a Belkin 4-way USB hub shared with my Epson printer/copier. When printing, I am continually asked to format the drive. It contains 30 days ...
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Only 2 USB hard drives recognized when 3 connected in Windows 7

I've got 3 hard drives (with power supply, USB 2.0 and 3.0). They are all recognized by Windows7 x64 when they're plugged in individually, or when 2 of them are plugged in at the same time (on any of ...
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Why does the IronKey executable on Ubuntu 11.10 fail when executed?

When I plug my IronKey into my Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit laptop, the read-only partition mounts as usual at /media/Ironkey. However, when I change into the /media/IronKey/linux/ directory and try to execute ...
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Unable to install mass storage devices

For some reason, I am unable to install mass storage devices on my Windows 7 x64 machine. I see the error from the image below. If I point directly at the usbstor.inf driver, I still get the error. ...
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Is there a way to power down a USB device using software?

Is there a way that I can power off a (specific) USB device completely using software from a Linux machine? I want to use this to power off (so that the LED is off) a (single) USB stick. Do you know ...
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What is and how to increase the maximum number of usb devices?

I'm wondering what is the maximum number of USB devices the Linux kernel can manage? Does this depend on the root-Hub or something else, too? Is there a way to increase this maximum number? I need ...
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How does one troubleshoot Windows hanging copying large files from external HDDs?

When I copy large file (for example over 4GB) from external WD MyBook USB 3.0 HDD to internal SATA2 HDD all of Windows just freezes. Copying files of any size on internal HDD is fine. Today I copied ...
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Are USB hard drives really reliable enough to backup to?

I've been reading about backup solutions and have come across a number of people saying they use a USB external hard drive as part or all of their backup solution. Are USB hard drives really ...
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How do I quickly copy 900,000 files?

I need to copy some data that includes 900,000 tiny files totaling around 30 gigabytes to a windows computer. However, it needs to be able to be copied and set up in under an hour and a half, and it ...
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how to remove write protection in memory card?

I have a 4 gb micro sd card ,now my memory card is not properly working and when i insert card into phone it shows card is write protected.. it even not recognised in system give me a helpful solution ...
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No mounting a USB pendrive on Debian wheezy

The system seems to know that my pendrive in insert, but when I try to mount it, I cannot do it 'cause it not appears in /dev/. I post the result of command dmesg | tail -n 6 [ 647.763175] ...
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Customize an icon for a USB stick on Mac and automount a dmg file

I want to make a custom icon to a usb stick on mac and show that instead of the ugly blank icon that exists by default As I have to compile a presentation I want the users to be able to quick access ...
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Is there any way to determine what program or service is using a device when I try to eject it?

I keep getting a message like this. How might I debug / troubleshoot why this is being thrown?
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Ways of cloning a USB key without use of dd?

I am trying to clone a bootable USB key. Obviously dd would to the trick nicely, but since the actual size of the files on my drive is ~15MB I end up waiting for a bunch of minutes while dd copies ...
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Does sleep eject USB Drives?

I have a netbook connected to two USB HDDs when I'm at home, and most of the time when I take it with me I shut it down and then disconnect it. But sometimes (mostly monday mornings ;) ) if I'm in a ...