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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Opened up a USB stick and it looks a bit odd

We opened up the case of a USB stick (that didn't work before we opened it) and it looks like this: Has the memory been taken out of it or do some USB sticks actually look like this? Note that it ...
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USB drive is not recognised in one port

I have a WD Passport USB drive. It works fine in my laptop, except for one port. I plug it in, the light comes on on the drive, but nothing in Explorer or Disk Management. It even works when I plug ...
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How to completely disable USB storage devices on Win 8.1?

I'm looking for a fast and reliable way to completely disable any USB storage device on a selected Win 8.1 machine (I don't aim to use a GPO). I would like to disable it in such a way that users ...
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TrueCrypt transfer to Drobo is very slow

Problem I'm getting very slow 2 MB/s transfer speeds. I have a computer with a 5.4k RPM spinning disk drive connected to the motherboard via SATA 1 then through USB 3.0 to a Drobo disk array also ...
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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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Can I connect SATA harddrive to my laptop through USB port

I have 160 GB SATA harddrive in my PC, but my PC is not working. I want to copy my SATA hard drive data to my laptop. Is it possible to connect my pc hard drive to a laptop via USB?
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Using PC as a virtual USB flash storage device

I have a Linux server that has an application installed which writes its logs to a connected USB flash drive. I need to have a constant access to these logs which means I cannot unplug the USB flash, ...
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Can I repair a physically broken USB drive?

My friend just wrote to me, all in panic, that he had broken his USB with his math homework for tomorrow. (Yes, no other backups, just that.) It looks like this now: Is there any way that I could ...
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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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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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Starting scheduled task by detecting connection of USB device

I know it has been discussed that it is not possible to start an application from an usb drive upon connection due to limitations of autorun (or autoplay??) in Win 7. But it is possible to create a ...
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How can I mount an EXT4 USB drive on Windows 8?

I have a USB drive formatted as EXT4. How can I mount it in Windows 8? Ideas on other workarounds are appreciated as well!
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Best way to authorize a USB device in an organisation?

I am developing a project where I need to restrict usage of accessing non white-listed USB devices in the organization's network. I am using it by checking the VID and PID of that USB devices. Now, ...
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how to edit windows registry so it NEVER looks on a usb drive for its driver (or at least asks first if a driver is found)

I'd forgive them for this "feature" if the usb standard had been created BEFORE viruses had become prevalent.
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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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Windows 8 / 8.1 USB file transfer consistently freezes whole system

I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro (64 bit) on a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H (rev 1.0) motherboard with a Samsung 830 SSD and 8GB of RAM. All is normally well in general day to day use. However, when I plug in a ...
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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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How can I copy a file from a usb drive to a directory on the hard drive in windows 7 using command prompt

How can I copy a file from a pen drive to particular directory on the hard drive in windows 7 using command prompt in quickly compare to ordinary copy paste. Scenario 1: need to copy the files from ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - can't find usb flash stick

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 with gnome shell (I think this information may be useful) and laptop mode tools installed. I can't mount just one usb stick (OCZ ATV 8GB) "lsusb" command: Bus 002 Device 003: ...
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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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Hidden files on USB drive [duplicate]

Hello Dear Sirs here, I have such problems on my USB drive: I have a lot necessary files and documents on it and my trouble is that i connect it to another computers and after when i will connect it ...
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Virtualbox can NOT mount an USB drive

I have on my laptop a windows system (windows 8), in which I have a Virtualbox installation(4.2.12, most recent). I have a virtual machine setup with the Virtualbox, and the OS is Ubuntu (12.0 LTS). I ...
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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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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 to change the filesystem label on the vfat filesystem located on device /dev/sdb1?

I just followed the instructions from Cyberciti.biz to format my Kingston USB drive. Instead of ext2, I formatted the drive to vfat. I forgot to use the naming option when using mkfs.vfat (webpage ...
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how to write protect a USB key?

I'm looking for a solution to write-protect the contents of a USB key. The idea is to prevent its contents from being inadvertently removed by the user or changed by malicious programs -- not to ...
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Move all files from computer hard drive to external USB hard drive, save user settings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any recommendations for a seamless 'Robust File Copy' addition to Windows ? I deal with a lot of computers with Windows damaged beyond repair by viruses, ...
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Mkv files random stops playing on my blu-ray player, Why?

I am a holder of LG BD390 Blu-ray player...it has always worked well but lately is giving me problems with reading mkv files from external hard drive. Let me explain... Lately I've noticed that ...
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Unix/Mac [bash/c api]: detect if a given path points to a file on a removable device

Is there a *nix command or C api that will tell the type of the storage device given the path to the file (resolving the mounts, symlinks, etc)? I need to find out whether the file lives on a ...
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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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Eject USB storage on Windows 8.1: 2 different brand drives appear as sub-options under same option

I have a HGST Touro 500Gb USB3 drive and a Samsung 1Tb USB3 drive attached to my Windows 8.1 Pro machine and a few other drives as well. When I go to safely disconnect one of these drives, in the ...
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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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Share internal hdd through usb

I would like to make a NAS on my single-board pc with capability to connect my smart TV to this HDD through USB to watch movies. Actually I need this -> internal HDD with usb2sata adapter ---> ...
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How to tell in linux when new USB devices are found?

Is there some way of telling when a change in hardware has been found in linux besides repeatedly polling for all the hardware and checking for changes? For instance, I wrote a script to mount my ...
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Windows 7: Not prompting for administrator credential when group policies block removable storage driver installation

I am in the middle of blocking of USBSTOR access for all my standard user, currently I am able to use batch script to block the USBSTOR registry depending-ly, if they belongs to a security group they ...
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WD My Passport read error

I cannot access my WD passport. It keeps bleeping and the white light continually flashes. The PC immediately reports that E drive cannot be accessed due to I/O error. I have tried all the basic ...
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Fetch videos from sony handycam to linux

I've got a Sony Handycam DCR-DVD101. When I plug connect the USB cable to my laptop (Ubuntu 10) it doesn't mount any storage device. If I run usb-devices, I see: T: Bus=02 Lev=02 Prnt=02 Port=00 ...
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Verifying USB connection speed (USB 3 or USB 2?)

I've purchased several new USB 3 capable drives to use with my new (USB 3 capable) laptop. They connect ok but I suspect they're silently falling back to USB 2. The sustained transfer rates I'm seeing ...
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Windows fails to recognize USB Flash drives if a USB extention cable is connected with one the USB port

My laptop is running Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1. I'm using internet through Huawei 3G USB Modem E1550, due to signal issues, I do not connect the modem directly to my laptop, instead, I connect ...
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Wake on lan fails when a specific usb device (seagate freeagent go) is plugged in

I have a bit of a conundrum on my hands. I've successfully setup wake on lan on my computer, however, I've run into an issue that prevents the computer from waking on lan. I have multiple external ...
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If an external HDD's USB port gets busted, will plugging the HDD's SATA directly to a PC possibly work?

My Western Digital MyBook Essential crashed recently, and I'm unable to access it through Ubuntu nor Windows. My goal is to recover my data, and wondering if it's advisable to connect the HDD ...
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USB drive stopped working

My USB pen drive (A-data UE700 64GB) suddenly stopped working. I tested it on few PCs (every one with Linux) and it doesn't work on any of them. The device isn't even mounted. It used to work alright ...
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Data Recovery: Override kernel / usb-storage / sg idea of disk geometry

I have two Western Digital Caviar 68AA (6,8GB) drives pulled from an old server, one of them spun up and worked fine, and I retrieved the data using a USB-IDE converter. The other drive did not spin, ...
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Configure default folder view for storage connected via MTP

I'm connecting a Samsung GS4 phone to Windows 7 using USB. By default the SGS4 uses MTP for the USB connection. Windows apparently thinks any device using MTP is a media player and only contains media ...
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USB 3.0 hard drive in usb 3 port only recognized as usb 2

Today, I bought a Sabrent CP-4PTU USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller. I installed the latest software from the website, and after a reboot, I plugged in a USB 3.0 hard drive into the controller, and the ...
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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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How to unlock and remove a protected partition from Prestigio USB stick?

I have one of those fancy schmancy devices, which is given to me by a frustrated friend of mine. Device is a Prestigio Leather 8GB It identifies itself to Linux host as: Bus 001 Device 006: ID ...
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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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Removable USB HDD gets labelled as VMWare USB Device!!? How to fix?

I have a Western Digital 500GB External USB drive. Everytime I plug it in, one of my Win7 PCs label it as "VMWare USB Device" The same name appears under Devices and Printers. Device Manager and most ...
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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 ...