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 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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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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how to boot from a system that was cloned from usb HDD? [on hold]

i cloned my 100mb partition and c partition into an usb HDD when i boot from my usb HDD it logs into the original system
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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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Why are files getting changed when copied to external USB drive?

I connected an external USB drive to my computer. According to dmesg it is: scsi 4:0:0:0: Direct-Access DMI WD10EARS-00Y5B1 1.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 4 The case says its a Sharkoon Rapid Case ...
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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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Why do non-standard USB enclosures even exist? [closed]

Consider this piece of garbage external 2.5" USB enclosure: This particular example comes from this SuperUser thread. The asker in that question is having problems putting his Mac to sleep with ...
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simple udev rule not recognizing my drive by uuid

I am having difficulties having udev recognize a drive by uuid. I'll outline the problem with a simpler version of my problem. If I try this simple rule (in /etc/udev/rules.d/50-backupdrive.rules): ...
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Unable to format a Pendrive (UDF)-TrusCont Protected

I received a Pendrive from my coaching classes loaded with notes and videos. The content in the Pendrive is protected and now the content has expired. I am unable to view the content any more and it's ...
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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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USB flash drives or SD cards with S.M.A.R.T

Do any mainstream manufacturers incorporate Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) into their USB flash drives (aka "USB sticks") or SD cards? If not, why not? It can't be ...
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Detecting new USB devices with bash?

I'm writing a bash script that needs to detect when a usb storage device is inserted and assign it to a variable that would otherwise, typically look something like: usb=/dev/sdb. I have a few ...
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Hard Reset USB in Ubuntu 10.04

I have a USB device (a modem) that is really finicky. Sometimes it works fine, but other times it refuses to connect. The only solution I have found to fix it once it gets into a bad state is to ...
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Windows XP - disabling USB storage…for some

I'm looking for advice concerning my current plan of action. The problem: A number of critical and sensitive computers run XP still, and I would like to disable USB storage on them such that admins ...
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USB3 to SATA adapter performance?

Does anyone know how well one of these adapters performs? I want to connect a SATA SSD through a USB3 port but I'm afraid that an adapter will reduce the performance significantly... Also is there a ...
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How to copy playlists to usb mass storage device with playlist enumeration?

I need to copy music via Winamp or Itunes to my usb device. I have my playlists in both winamp and itunes (primarily itunes), and I need to copy via file enumeration in playlist order. Winamp ...
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DriveImage XML fails with a Windows Volume Shadow Service Error

I'm trying to image a SATA laptop hard drive, using DriveImageXML, that is attached to my computer via a USB adapter. I'm running Win7 Ultimate 64 bit. DriveXML is returning: Could not initialize ...
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External Hard Disk or USB stick , keeps data of previously connected PCs?

Do External Hard Disks or USB sticks keeps in some table or so, the data to which computer they were connected? Is it possible from the external HDD or USB stick, retrieve the info (name or ...
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How to make a virtual USB drive?

I have a device which run on Linux and time to time i have to 'feed' it with data on USB. The data is around 20gb and every time need to feed different data. It takes nearly an hour to copy 20gb to ...
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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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USB flash stick attaches but mount fails

When I plug-in my 16GB Alcor Micro Corp. Flash Drive into my openSUSE 13.2 (Linux 3.16.7-35-desktop x86_64 GNU/Linux) system, I get the following from journalctl -f: kernel: scsi 25:0:0:0: ...
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What is the maximum USB capacity that can be used with car stereo? [closed]

What is the maximum USB cap that can be used in a car stereo that is formated with FAT32? Is there any such limitation in terms of a size that can be used? e.g. 32GB, 64GB...
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cannot see android files on pc in specific folders

When I plug my android phone into my PC and use Windows Explorer to look at the files on the phone there is a certain folder where I can't view the files. If I then go to my phone and cut and paste ...
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Volume label on 2TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim external hard drive does not appear in Windows Explorer (but is visible in Disk Management)

I've been experiencing some weird things with my Seagate drives. I think this happened when I tried to "vaccinate" the drives with Panda Free Anti-Virus. My WD 2TB and my internal hard drives worked ...
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Disabling USB storage devices on OS X El Capitan (10.11)

How can I disable USB Ports (storage devices only) on OS X El Capitan (10.11), without using profile manager? I already tried to use the kextunload command (sudo kextunload ...
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OSX (El Capitan) seems to break USB HDD's

Ive been reshuffling my backups and it seems I've broken two disks so far that mac doesn't even recognize them anymore. Today I started to move stuff from my 750 GB HDD to another HDD and the moving ...
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Copying data to USB flash drive throws “Write Protect Error”

I have a USB flash drive, which I made bootable for use as an anti virus disk. After formatting the drive, whenever I copy some files to it, it shows an error: The disk cannot be written to ...
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Why are USB flash drives slower than SATA SSD's?

As a broad generalization current generation SSD's have write performance of around 500MB/s. Premium USB flash drives have write performance of circa 170MB/s, looking at Kingston Predator and Patriot ...
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Reusing a USB Boot Drive - Format back to factory state?

I am trying to reuse a USB boot drive (Mac) for regular file storage on Windows ... when Windows detects it, it won't let me reformat to anything greater than a 40 MB or so - and this is an 8 GB ...
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Accessing the firmware of an USB flash drive

Is there any way via which one can read the firmware of an USB flash drive? And if there is really such a way, can one write to that memory area?
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how do i sync files to an external drive in windows 10?

okay, so I have a USB HDD that I use with my TV as a media drive, and I want to know if there is a way to; when I plug it into my laptop, automatically sync a specific folder on the pc to a specific ...
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External drive does not spin down when unplugged

I have a Captiva USB3-SATA bridge, which contains an asmedia ASM1053 chip. It spins down when it is plugged into the server after 10 minutes idle time, but it spins indefinitely when the server is not ...
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Faulty external USB3 enclosure (or is it the cable?)

I have an Orico Toolfree external USB3 2.5" enclosure. Basically toolfree means there are no screws, you just slide the cover open. It is quite convenient. And fairly new. However, once every day ...
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Has anyone successfully used the new usbstor MaximumTransferLength parameter?

Some time ago, Microsoft added support for specifying the maximum transfer size to the usbstor driver (see KB2581464 at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2581464). I have been unable to actually ...
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USB 3.0 port transfer speed on HP Laptop not exceeding 40 MBPS

I tested the internal HDD with CrystalDiskMark and was able to get 109 MBPS both on sequential read and write tests. Then, when I tested my 1 TB WD My Passport USB 3.0 External HDD with ...
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Launch Windows program when external drive connected

In Windows 10, is there any way to launch an existing program (EXE) when a specific USB external disk is connected? The EXE need not be on the external disk but will need to access files on it.
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Data recovery on flash drive showing incorrect size

I have a Kingston 32gb USB 3.0 flash drive that I need to recover data from. The problem is that the drive is now showing as 32.5kb of raw storage in Ubuntu (using gparted) and Windows is not ...
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Best way to keep 2 external USB harddrives in synch

Any suggestions of software to keep 2 external USB drives in synch? I have two 2TB USB drives connected to a computer. One drive is storing around 1TB of data so far and I would like the second ...
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Banana Pi as mass storage device

Is it possible to let a Banana Pi act as USB Slave so others can access to it as if it would be a mass storage device (like a USB flash drive)? The idea behind that is that I have a TV which only ...
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Is there a way to make a USB drive to work like internal storage?

So I have this USB thumb drive of 16GB, which when inserted into my laptop gets assigned a drive letter (eg. E:/ or F:/), whereas when I connect my smartphone to my laptop usb, it just shows internal ...
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8GB memory stick only showing 49MB

I have an 8GB Sony USB memory stick and only 49 MB are being detected. I've tried on multiple USB ports and tried formatting it several times. I checked it for errors and it said none are found. I ...
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Is my USB dead or just really hard to get into?

Using my sandisk cruzer glide (8GB), I was putting windows 7 onto the usb to install onto another PC. When halfway through, it said "This drive is read-only". I got confused, but then I went to ...
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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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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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USB Drive Partition: Assign Letters, 2nd Recognize by DOS

Okay so first let me explain then list my Objective. I didn't like Windows 10 or 8.1, my Laptop can go and went as far as Windows 7. What I am trying to create is a Boot-able USB that can storage (My ...
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Manual GRUB installation on USB: Filesystem is unknown

I'm trying to manually install GRUB on my USB pendrive. I do the following steps: I check whether the partition table is correct: sudo fdisk -l I get the following output: ... Disk /dev/sdb: 2 ...
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flash-drive is not getting detected in windows 7 ,earlier versions than windows 7 and Ubuntu

I have 16GB Transcend pen drive. Recently I formatted that flash-drive at my Windows 8.0 computer. pen-drive is perfectly working with Windows 8.0 computers and Windows 8.1 computers . But Once I ...
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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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Multiple partitions for an external USB hard drive used by Linux and Windows

I want to split a large external USB hard drive into at least 2 partitions. I've heard that multiple partitions on a USB drive involves problems not associated with partitioning a regular IDE/SATA ...
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Windows 10 USB Drive Not Sleep Stays On, i.e the Red Data Light and Stays Spooled Up

I have a Masscool brand USB drive, affectionately called the 8-track, that I swap 4TB HDDs periodically for overnight daily backups. Power options are set to power off HDDs after 10 minutes. The task ...