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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Why are some 2.5 USB boxes limited to some specific capacity?

Shouldn't the drive itself specify the capacity and the case is just an adapter? Example: http://www.amazon.com/SATA-Hard-Drive-500GB-Capacity/dp/B002BFA91C/ref=pd_cp_e_3
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Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH and 3TB WD My Book Essential

I have a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH and a 3TB Western Digital MyBook Essential that I wish to use as a NAS, I have formatted the drive with a single XFS partition, but when I plug it into the router the ...
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What does the “open as portable device” option in Windows do?

I just bought a new USB stick, and when I plug it in and open My Computer, the context menu for the USB stick has an option "open as portable device". Clicking it opens a new window that just seems to ...
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fdisk / sfdisk not saving partitions on USB drive

I am having some problems with an USB drive that is not working correctly, I am trying to recreate partitions with fdisk or sfdisk but once I do it I do "-l" and there's no partitions. This is how I ...
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How to connect Western Digital “My passport” using other means?

I have a Western Digital My Passport 500Gb external Harddrive where the USB connection on the drive seems to have worn out. I am trying to retrieve the data for a friend. Here is an image of the ...
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Auto mounting of “identical” external USB drives in Ubuntu swaps the mount points

I have 2 identical Western Digial Elements 1,5 TB external harddrives, but they are causing some problems when they mount. The problem is that the OS sees them as identical drives with the same ...
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How much power does a Western Digital Passport Essential SE require?

I have looked at the Western Digital website for my product (WDBACX0010BBK) and cannot find how much power the device requires. The device is not recognized when I plug it into my keyboard's USB hub. ...
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How to see if USB stick has MBR?

I have a USB stick supposed to be bootable, but the computer does not boot it. I suspect that there is no MBR (Master Boot Record). How do I test if this is so, preferably from command line in ...
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Create an .iso from USB drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I download Windows 7 (legally from Microsoft)? I have Win 7 on a USB stick, non-iso. How do I get an iso of that?
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Installing an operating system to a USB drive and booting to it - all within VirtualBox

Is it possible to install an operating system onto a USB drive, and then boot to it, all within VirtualBox? Not like putting the virtual disk on the USB drive. Installing the entire OS there so it can ...
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Are external USB hard drives meant to be connected all the time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to leave your computer on all the time? This is a general question about external hard disk drives (hard drive). Is it healthy for the drives to be ...
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How to access USB pendrive on using VirtualBox?

I'm using Macbook pro and I have installed VirtualBox for using windows xp. I can't access USB pen drive When i connect. The external drive is not showing in the workspace. How i can access USB pen ...
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How to make a bootable XP USB Disk with additional software?

I know how to make a USB disk bootable but I want to know that how can I add additional software's like Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, Notepad++, etc. with the installation of Windows setup?
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USB drive acts like formatted

I put my USB hard drive to another computer at work (Windows 7) and after trying to read it for a while in the end it asked me that I need to format it before I can use it. Of course I said no. It was ...
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Speed difference between Portable HDD and USB Flash Drive?

I am considering purchasing one of the following for data backup purposes. In either case, they would be used with a USB 2 port on XP Home SP 3. Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive ...
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How to fool Windows Vista into thinking a USB drive is a fixed drive?

I have a 3TB USB drive and I want Carbonite to back it up (as it does with my internal hard drives). It will not back up external drives. I want to trick Windows Vista into reporting this drive (or ...
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How to make bootable USB with Linux Kernel alone?

I would like to boot the Linux kernel alone and run busybox, not including a GUI. How can I do that? How can I make a custom bzImage, initrd.img and how can I change the file structures in that ...
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How to Autorun a .html file from USB drive?

How to Autorun a .html file from USB drive? File should be run on Mac and Windows Both. I'm using this but it's not working [AutoRun] shellexecute=loading-intro.html
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Files copied from USB drive to any directory on OSX Lion disappear on complete

So, using Finder, I can locate a backed up file on an external USB drive, copy it or drag and drop it to a folder such as Documents or Downloads on OSX Lion and the progress bar will tick along till ...
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Windows 7 is not detecting my external USB Enclosure - regardless of the drive I put in there

I have tried three different drives in the USB enclosure, plugged into my Windows 7 machine, and it doesn't work. When the driver is being installed, it fails and says that it cannot find the driver. ...
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How can I password-protect my USB stick for access on multiple platforms, without admin rights?

I left my USB stick at college over the weekend and I was lucky enough to get it back on Monday. I decided to back up and password protect in case it happens again. Back up all done, I went to ...
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What is the best way to completely reformat an USB stick? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reusing a USB Boot Drive - Format back to factory state? I have an 8GB PQI USB stick, which has been giving me a hard time lately. Sometimes a file can't be read, other ...
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How to “eject” non-existing USB drive from Windows 7 host?

I use a USB key which is encrypted with BitLocker to store various data. I keep that key with me all the time. What happens all the time is that I send my home computer to hibernate without ...
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How should I install Fedora or any other Linux in USB hard disk and configure booting?

I want to install Fedora or any other Linux in USB hard disk. I have Windows XP installed in internal HDD. When USB HDD is attached to my PC, it should ask me to boot from Win XP or Linux. ...
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Why doesn't DD-WRT mount my external usb drive?

I'm running DD-WRT on a consumer router that has a usb port. An external drive that I've connected isn't being mounted for some reason. I have confirmed that the external drive works by connecting it ...
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How to make USB drive or pen drive write protected? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how to write protect a USB key ? I have a pen drive which I used to carry some files from my laptop to other public computers, these public computers are virus infected. ...
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what is the best (and free) tool to disable/enable USB ports [closed]

I want to disable USB ports (for everything except mouse and mobile phone) on my family computer. It runs on the Windows 7 home basic. The idea is that the guests should not be able to plug in their ...
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USB 2 Hub for running USB External Drives

I am experiencing an odd problem with using 2 different USB 2.0 Hubs to run a Seagate FreeAgent USB harddrive on. I'm getting an 'unknown inpage error' (or similar). When i plug in directly to the ...
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Windows 7 - swap file on a USB disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to move the page file to another physical disk location Windows 7 I was given temporarily a PC, running Windows 7 Ultimate. The problem is it's hard drive is full, ...
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USB Hardware vs. Software Write Lock

I'm in the market for a USB flash drive, and remember this cool feature a tiny 32MB flash drive of mine had: a write lock switch. This seemed like it would be an amazing feature to have as a shield ...
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Format/partition/modify USB stick to be recognised as a USB floppy drive for Win XP setup RAID/SATA drivers

Every so often I need to install Win XP on a machine that has a SATA drive and have to go through the whole mess of finding a floppy drive for the AHCI drivers and hitting F6 during setup, or ...
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Can't boot USB thumbdrive, same image works on USB HD

I put Arch Linux on a USB thumbdrive and cannot boot it. The same image boots on my USB HD. The problem I get while booting the USB thumbdrive is UDEV waiting for events. It eventually fails and a ...
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Panasonic CF-27 How to boot from USB using CD or Floppy

I have old Panasonic CF-27 laptop. I don't have a case for the HDD, so I can't put any HDD in there. The notebook has 1 USB port, but I can't boot from USB. I created a USB bootable pendrive with ...
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Independent hardware-based encryption tool, used with non-cooperative system and drive

I have a small embedded system that supports FAT32. It does not have any encryption options for the files that it saves to an external USB-connected disk. Modifying the source to support encryption is ...
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Mount USB devices in Arch Linux

I recently installed Arch on my computer and now I would like to read data from USB devices (i.e. flash drives, SD cards, etc.) but I don't know how to. I know that using Gnome or KDE will do this for ...
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Sending data to another bootable system partition WITHOUT USB drive

I am currently in the process (and almost done) of getting my Hackintosh to triple-boot with Mac OS X, Windows 7, and Ubuntu. I have the partitions installed, along with Mac OS X and Windows 7, but ...
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liveusb multiboot ubuntu (x86 & x86_64) and freebsd 7

Is it possible to create a bootable usb (liveusb) with multiboot. I want to have a ubuntu 32-bit and freebsd 7 as live bootable. If it possible I want third os: ubuntu 64-bit Live. How much space ...
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“You need to format your disk in drive X” message on my external hard drive

I have an external hard drive which worked fine and it is my backup harddrive. There are also some files on it that I would really want to keep. It's a 400GB Freecom drive in FAT32. All of a sudden, ...
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USB key not recognized anymore - tested on several computers

I recently wanted to use my 8GB USB drive again. After plugging it in, the following happened: What's caused this and how can I get the drive working?
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Motorola EX115 USB driver not installing in Windows 7

I am using a Moto EX115 mobile phone from Motorola. I need to use my mobile's internet connection on the PC. But when I plug in the USB data cable it says USB driver is not installed properly My ...
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Make “Try Ubuntu” dialog box non-interactive

I have Ubuntu 11.04 32-bit installed on a usb drive. Every time I boot the drive my work laptop Ubuntu asks me if I want to 'Try Ubuntu' without installing or 'Install Ubuntu.' I always click 'Try' I ...
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Linux Arch on ARM - Random USB drive “freeze”

I'm running a Linux Box on a Seagate Free Agent Dockstar, very limited machine but more than able to do what I need, which is true most of the times... I have the operating system on a flash drive ...
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Mount external USB drive in Debian Linux to a mount point based on the volume name

How do I configure my Debian installation to mount external USB drives to mount points based on the volume names of the drives? For instance, if I have a thumb drive with the volume name of ...
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Spoof USB vendor id / product id [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: change USB vendor id / product id I have a USB device that I need to spoof a copy of in windows. I was hoping you guys could point me to a program that would allow me to ...
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Not able to boot from USB

I have a Kingston pendrive that i have formatted 20 times. Whenever I try to make a bootable USB for installing Linux, I am not able to boot from it. I tried the same thing with another pendrive and ...
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How to view computer hard disk contents when booting Ubuntu from USB?

I think my laptop's HD has crashed. When I turn it on, it makes a "click-click" sound before giving a "Operating system not found" black screen (whilst booting into Windows 7). So I have booted up the ...
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My 4GB USB drive has decided that it should be 2GB

Uh. I looked at the properties on windows, it says that its formatted as RAW, and 0 bytes. When I try to format, no matter what filesystem I use, I can only format to 1.92 GB. I have tried on 2 ...
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How do I get the full path to a USB drive in Windows 7 with no drive letter?

I plug in a Nokia C3 phone to USB and select view files on this device. It shows up in the Explorer "my computer" window as Nokia C3 under "Portable Devices" but there's no drive letter associated ...
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Is there any actual harm to pulling the USB cable without disconnecting it first in the OS? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I unmount a USB drive before unplugging it? I've never once in my life used a context menu or any other option to eject a USB device to disconnect it before ...
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Confusing trashes, can't delete stuff

I'm "cleaning" my computer and USB keys and this requires a whole lot of deleting. I've gone though everything on my OS HDD, and now moving on to keys. My trash is initially EMPTY. When trying to ...