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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“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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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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Can I connect SATA harddrive to my laptop through USB port

I have 160 GB SATA harddrive in my PC, but my PC is working, I want to copy my SATA hard drive data to my laptop, so can I connect my pc hard drive to a laptop with a USB is it possible with kind of ...
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Recovering data from a broken memory stick

I have a memory stick that isn't being recognized by multiple computers and the light which usually comes on doesn't anymore so I assume it is broken. The problem is that there is some important data ...
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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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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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Removing Junk Software/Partition That Comes On USB Stick

Okay so I bought a EMTEC 8GB thumb drive today to load a LIVE bodhi(ubuntu) on in order to repair my system. Right now, I am currently booted on a debian live CD (Elive) I'm trying to install Bodhi ...
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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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Folder on new HDD keeps getting corrupted

I have a Sans Digital JBOD TR4U+B HDD enclosure, I've had 2x 3TB HDD's running in it for a year with no problems. I recently added a 4TB HDD to it and I put some folders on it. I'm running Windows 8. ...
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Connect USB storage device to 2 computers at a time

I'd like to connect an USB storage device to 2 computers at the same time (With a cable, not over the network). Is this possible? Context: I want my Raspberry Pi to save output on an external ...
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Using a SD card as a pendrive

Does using any SD card (along with a reader) in the same way as USB flash pendrive give lower lifespan to it? Or, could it also depend on the type of SD card (and reader)?
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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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hd0 out of disk, grub rescue> when botting up off a USB drive ONLY with HP EliteBook

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on a bootable USB drive. It works well with 2 laptops (meaning, laptops boot successfully off the USB drive). However, when I connect the USB drive to a HP EliteBook ...
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How to properly use USB sticks on Linux and Windows machines?

I've been a Linux user for about a year (Fedora 20) and have had a persistent problem with USB sticks (USB from now on for short) since then. I use my USB in both Linux and Windows machines, and my ...
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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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Access storage attached to a PLC via internet

In the company I work for, there is a PLC which logs events to a generic USB flash disk connected to it. The company which provided and programmed the PLC has closed - so there is no support. Every ...
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Linux kernel doesn't load removable device with system on it

I'm having issue with booting into my Fedora 19. First of all I have to mention that I "extracted" that system from virtual disk (simply DD the content of root and boot partition on physical disk), so ...
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How can I repair my USB drive?

USB drive is in read only state and I can't repair it. First of all I tried erase it using dd: root@yurko-laptop:/home/yurko-laptop# ls -l /dev/disk/by-id | grep usb lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Дек 18 ...
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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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After upgrading to Windows 8.1, external USB drive disconnecting and reconnecting intermittently

I upgraded from Windows 8.0 to 8.1 recently and ever since the external USB drive (with power supply) connected via a powered USB hub started disconnecting and then automatically connecting after a ...
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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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How to share a folder as an USB mass storage device (from a raspberry pi)

I'd like to do something quite simple ... in my mind. I've got an "old" photo frame with an usb port and SD card slot (but without networking) that I would like to keep in sync with my NAS "Photo ...
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Is it safe to remove USB media when a computer is suspended?

We are often cautioned against unplugging USB drives in case it is currently being read from or written to. When a computer is suspended, hibernated, or asleep is it obviously not writing any data; it ...
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Cannot copy anything onto WD Elements 1TB External USB HDD

I have a Western Digital 1023 Elements 1TB External USB HDD. Recently, it has started an unusual problem. I cannot copy any file of any size on to that 1TB hard-drive, eventhough it has more than 400 ...
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USB drive data transfer control?

I want to allow only authorized USB drives to transfer data from my computers. How can this be achieved? My computers have win 8/win 7 installed.
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Newly installed kernel, “unable to mount” USB device

So I recently built and installed a custom Linux Kernel from the v3.8.8 source code. I had to reinstall the wifi driver and got that working but when I plug in my DiskGo Edge external hard drive I get ...
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Ubuntu unable to detect external USB hard drive

I tried mounting external usb hard drive.But it does'nt detect. Here is dmesg log: [ 3025.963395] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, address 3 [ 3194.935661] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device using ...
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USB storage bricked? (0kb on windows AND linux)

Same device as on this question I have a device which has been infected with a malware (the one which transform file to .lnk, windows shortcut). After cleaning, it didn t show on windows, but on ...
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USB storage recognized on linux, not windows, mkfs in which type?

I have a key that have been infected by the famous virus which transform files to shortcut. I ve done USBFix to clean it, and put it on a raspberry pi, I saw files in normal and .lnk form, and erased ...
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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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How to write protect microSD card?

My phone is corrupting memory cards while trying to write data. I want to make my microSD read-only or write protect it (even if phone is not the reason). Searching on Google returns the solutions to ...
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USB drive malfunction

My Seagate free agent goflex 1TB is not getting recognized in my windows 7 laptop.. It was working till yesterday. It is not showing up in device manager. Is there any way I can reinstall the driver? ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 recognizing USB 2.0 external HD as USB 1.1

When I connect the USB 2.0 drive I see this: usb 1-4.3: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 5 so I know it's getting seen as USB 1.1. usb-devices shows that it really is USB 2.0 ...
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Are MicroSD card to USB bridges size limited?

I'm looking to buy a MicroSD to USB converter and want to use it with a 32 gig MicroSD card. Some online listings for these devices don't mention any size limits, others (for the same model device) ...
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RAIDing flash drives

The other day I had what I thought was a great idea - I could buy up a bunch of cheap USB 2.0 drives and fill up the spaces in my 7-port USB hub for a super-fast RAID device! But in the light of day ...
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How can I format a USB drive as FAT from a MacBook Pro?

I plugged in a 250GB USB hard drive into my MacBook Pro and want to format it in FAT so I can transfer files back and forth between a windows machine. (My windows7 machine only formats in exFAT which ...
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SMB Sharing of a USB Mass Storage Device

Okay so I am a bit confused about SMB, it doesn't seem to play well with USB Mass Storage Devices. My "server" is a mac mini intel machine running OSX and the client in this case would be a Linux (or ...
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How to identify USB-sticks that will appear as non-removable before buying?

For a home lab project, I'm going to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 on a USB-stick. The process is described in this guide (for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, but also works for 2012): Deploying ...
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All items in my pen drive had been renamed automatically and cannot open it [duplicate]

All the items (both files and folders) inside my pen drive had been renamed to some characters like :]h.¡>?.A╕╗ and when I try to open any folder Windows gives this message. The filename,directory ...
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Android 4.4: access smartphone as USB memory

When connecting my old Android 2.3-based smartphone with a PC, I get a notification to enable it as USB memory. When I try the same with my new Moto G (Android 4.4.2), I don't get such a notification. ...
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NTFS (USB) drive recovery in Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Free NTFS partition recovery Have a USB drive. Doesn't show up in My Computer, but when I plugged it in Autoplay pops up and then hides after a couple minutes without me ...
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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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What is the best way to make a flash drive with many bootable things

I want to make a flash drive with lots of bootable things on it, a toolkit of sorts. The list of things that I want to boot on it so far it Hirens Boot Disk Backtrack Linux Knoppix STD Ophcrack XP ...
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Recover Deleted Partition on USB Stick

I accidentally deleted everything off my (16GB Sony Micro Vault) USB memory Stick. I ran DISKPART /CLEAR on the wrong drive. How do I recover my data (approx. 14GB)? Scanning with Active@ Undelete ...
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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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ZFS formated USB drive in mirrored zpool keeps becoming unavailable. Any idea why?

I have two 4 TB USB drives in a mirrored zpool running on Debian 7.2. About once a week, the zpool will go into a degraded state with the following error: status: One or more devices could not be ...
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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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Configure “Details” display as default view for android phone connected by USB

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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Can I install Windows from a USB stick to a USB stick?

I am building a Windows 7 system without a CD/DVD drive or hard drive. I followed one of the many tutorials for creating a bootable installation USB stick, but I couldn't find one for installing to ...
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Ubuntu not seeing/mounting 1TB hdd

I'm trying to set up an USB stick with Ubuntu (or some other Linux distribution perhaps), plus some anti-virus rescue disks to check Windows PCs every now and then. It works fine for hard drives below ...