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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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 ...
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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, and these public computers are virus ...
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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 ...