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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Force rt-n56u/Padavan/XRMWRT router to mount disk to /media/AiDisk_a1/

An external USB disk is mounted to /media/AiDisk_a1/ by default. But after disk power-cycle the mounting point is inaccessible and the disk is mounted to /media/AiDisk_b1/. How to force the disk to ...
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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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Why does USB drive run at the speed of USB 1.1 when connected to a USB 2.0 hub?

I have a strange problem with my USB drive (WD Express). When I connect it to my Windows PC's only USB port, it works at high speed (USB 2.0). However, when I connect it to a USB 2.0 hub as the only ...
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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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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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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 to transfer/stream data to multiple USB device in parallel

I am trying to transfer and/or stream data to multiple USB devices and/or storage simultaneously. For example, if I have a USB hub with 12 USB sockets connecting to 12 USB displays, I like all 12 ...
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Pen drives doest not copy any data

I am using HP 64 GB pen drive and formatted to FAT32 from exFAT. When I insert it in any computer and copy files to it, they disappear when I click refresh or eject it. Under properties it does not ...
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compare Windows folder with smartphone folder

Is there any tool that allows me to compare a local folder with a folder on my android phone (connected via USB) ? I tried WinMerge and FreeFileSync, but none of those can "see" the connected ...
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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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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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cannot unmount usb hdd “unknown error” Windows 10 (fsutil claims it is built in)

USB HDD connected via USB 3.0 cannot be safely removed after accessing it once (starting and stopping a VM stored on the disk). Only workaround so far is rebooting the computer. "Das Gerät kann ...
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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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“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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Direct communication between an USB flash drive and a PC over another PC

Assume that an usb flash drive is plugged in a pc and a usb cable is plugged in the same pc. Is it possible to create something like a direct connection between the end of the usb cable and the usb ...
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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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Using USB Drive for Multiple Windows Recovery Disk

I created a recovery disk of my laptop on a 2TB external hard drive. What I see is the recovery process leaves the un-used space on the external drive as un formatted which is not usable. I was ...
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Biometric USB Flash Drive with 10+ Stored Fingerprints

I'm looking for a biometric (means it reads fingerprints) USB flash drive that allows 10+ users' to access with their fingerprints. I need this to store sensitive data to which our support team is ...
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USB removable storage issues with HP Chromebook 11-2001TU

I have an HP Chromebook 11-2001TU running stock Chrome OS 51.0.2704.64 beta. In Chrome OS, every time which I close the lid, or the system goes into standby, any USB drives are shut down, and only ...
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How to copy windows recovery iso to usb in linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can windows 7 recovery iso be used to create a bootable recovery usb? How can I create a Windows bootable USB stick using Ubuntu? I'm trying to restore my windows ...
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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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A powered USB hub that automatically formats? [closed]

I am going to start off by stating that I don't know if this exists yet or not, but I am stuck. What I am trying to make/purchase is a USB hub that is able to automatically format the drive, wiping ...
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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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 doesn'...
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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 something)...
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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: Direct-...
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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 IOUSBMassStorageClass.kext)...
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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 drive....
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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 ...