USB stands for Universal Serial Bus and is a general and universal interface standard for connecting computers and electronic devices.

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ssd not recognized by windows 7

So I recently got a 2.5" 500GB SATA3 SSD (Crucial MX200) and a USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA3 adapter. When I try plugging the SSD into my laptop via USB3 I'd expect the drive to show up in Disk Management in ...
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Unable to format my PC running Windows 7 and Ubuntu

I am unable to format my PC from windows bootable USB. The USB is working fine on my laptop. When I start my computer and insert the bootable USB, underscore (_) is just blinking on my screen and ...
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Hard drive (SATA) making trouble when connecting via USB

I have a hard drive from Western Digital (model: WD2500BEVS-75UST0) that is running without visible problems inside my laptop connected with SATA. However, once I connect it with an external case that ...
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How to install Windows 8.1 on MacBook Pro from USB?

I'm on a 2011 MacBook Pro trying to install Windows 8.1 from a USB. I tried creating bootable FAT32 and NTFS USBs from my Windows ISO with Rufus, but still I don't see anything in Startup Disk in ...
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pen drive not showing full capacity

I'm trying to reformatted in Windows 7 by right clicking on the drive and selecting Format.... But the capacity only shows 144MB. Is there something I can do to get the original size back? Maybe it ...
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What will happen powerwise if you plug a USB-C device to another USB-C device?

If you have a USB-C phone or tablet and you plug it into a laptop with USB-C, which device gets charged? Or no charging will occur? People charge their phones through their laptops all the time, how ...
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Run Linux dist from bootable USB on Surface Pro 2

I'm having issues booting from USB on my Surface Pro 2 with win 8.1 and UEFI. Tried creating bootable USB using LinuxLive and a Linux dist. Also tried creating bootable USB with Easy2Boot, and adding ...
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Tapping data into a USB printer

I don't know how to ask the question so I will describe what was done previously with serial and I'd like to know if it can be duplicated with USB. In the old days, POS systems spit out ASCII data ...
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Create a bootable UEFI USB

How do I create a bootable USB with Windows 7 SP1 64bit using OS X? I need to setup a fresh new ASUS laptop, the only thing I have is – Macbook Pro. What I have: Fresh new ASUS laptop with ...
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usb dropped from 16gb to 8gb, diskpart seems not to work

I have an 16gb usb that "dropped" to 8gb. I have tried to use diskpart but that didn't fix the problem. One reason may be that I haven't used diskpart before so I have just read a little about it ...
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Reinstalling Windows 8 from Ubuntu 14.1

I have a Dell Inspiron 3521 which came with Windows 8. I am not sure if it is UEFI, BIOS, MBR, etc. as I am a completely novice user, but I think these are important considerations from what I have ...
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How can I convert an Arch Linux VDI as a fully bootable system on an external hard disk in Linux?

I run Linux Mint 17 Quiana 64 bit and an Arch Linux VM. My aim is to convert my Arch Linux VDI into a bootable external hard drive. I am using a laptop so I’ll be using a laptop external hard drive in ...
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Prompt for boot order

I have an HDD lying around, and I would like to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on it and run it off USB. Is there a way for my HP Envy laptop to prompt at boot if I would like to boot from USB ...
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If I open a document from a USB flash drive but do not save it to the computer, can someone access the file’s contents after I remove the drive?

I have a USB Flash drive with confidential information on it and I will need to access this information on someone else’s computer. The computer is a PC and operates on Microsoft Office 7. If I open ...
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Replacing a broken front-panel USB 3.0 socket - if only I could find this connector

I broke the front-panel USB 3.0 sockets on my HP Pavillion computer pretty much immediately. I had an old USB 2.0 flash stick that I tried to insert by feel, and ended up breaking the blue plastic ...
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USB drive not in my boot list, cannot boot from usb

my problem is very simple. Although I can use my flash drive to move files, I am not able to boot from it. Actually, usb drive is not even listed in my bootable device list (along with cd, hdd) in the ...
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Re-broadcast wi-fi signal using USB dongle

I have a wireless connection on my campus that requires a username and password. The issue is my 3DS is unable to use this connection since it can only take a password when trying to connect. I have a ...
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Mount ReadyNAS 2nd drive on Linux

I posted this question on Stack Overflow but was told to ask this here instead, so after creating yet another login/account here I am, and apologies if this looks like spam/crosas-posting. An old ...
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Create bootable Linux pendrive that can be booted on Windows and Mac

How do I create a bootable linux pendrive that can be booted on a PC (windows) and iMac (Mac) using the same usb? installing linux with unetbootin doesn't work for imacs...
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How to reset windows 7 password when USB ports are also not working?

There is a strange problem with my Windows 7 HP laptop, which is further complicated by the fact that I donot remember administrator password. I was using the admin login through fingerprint reader, ...
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Installing Windows XP from USB, PC refuses to boot working bootable USB

I have to reinstall Windows XP on my old PC. Installing via USB is the only option - the CD/DVD drive doesn't work anymore, as well as the floppy drive and the computer can't start, the startup just ...
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Mini-book refuses to boot from usb ( LT41P )

I have this mini laptop, a Gateway LT41P. For whatever reason, This laptop refuses to boot from usb. I've created several working usb boot sticks, and have used it to install various OS ...
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Use Virtualbox to Build a Standard Image of Windows 7

SO I'm building a standard image of Windows 7 according to this documentation: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee523217%28v=ws.10%29.aspx However, my reference computer is a install of ...
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Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Installation Fails

The problem I have is getting my HP DV7T-7000 Windows 7 64-bit laptop's USB 3.0 ports to function at USB 3.0 speeds. I used to get 3.0 speeds but noticed I'm having a problem in the last few months. ...
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remove power from one of laptop's usb hubs

my laptop (hp probook 4530s - windows 8.1 x64) has 4 usb hubs; I attached 1TB external hard-drive to one of them and it works just fine; if i set the external hard-drive to offline mode then it's ...
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How to merge 2 drives of a single pendrive?

I have a pendrive which when connected shows two different drives with single partition each. How do I merge both these into one? I want it to show a single drive with no partitions when I connect it ...
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Changing boot order/booting from USB

I have the kali-linux-1.0.6-amd64 downloaded on my desktop and have used "Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.2" to install this on my Usb. With it completed and the Usb plugged into my computer. I then ...
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Ctrl C breaks the keyboard on Linux

I'm using a USB keyboard which works fine on Windows, but on Linux (Ubuntu and Fedora) this happens. When I press ctrl C to copy some text, the keyboard stops working and I can't type anything ...
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Can't find documents when using docked hard drive

The screen on my HP Pavillion (Win8) was destroyed and I could no longer do anything on it. I bought a usb hard drive dock and put the HP Pavillion's hard drive in it. So now I am trying to access ...
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Some USB devices (ext CD-ROM, ext HDD) won't install drivers - Windows 7 64bit

I have an external hard drive and external CD-ROM (USB devices) that work fine on other computers (specifically WinXP 32bit) and used to work on this computer (Win 7 64 bit) but do not now. The ...
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IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapter troubleshooting

I brought two Vantec IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapters, as shown below: It comes with the following items inside: However, I notice a strange situations as follows: I use the 1st set and format a hard ...
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“This device can perform faster.” Appears Even Though I Inserted External HDD to USB 3.0 Port

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external HDD. It supports USB 3.0 and has an USB 3.0 cable. Whenever I connect it to my laptop, the message "This device can perform faster. This USB mass storage device ...
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Oracle Virtual Box connecting USB Device

Oracle Virtual box (v 4.3.4 r 91027) installed on a Windows 7 x64 throws a Failed to attach USB device STMicroelectronics STM32 STLink[0100] to the virtual machine .. .. is busy with previous ...
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Creating a wifi hotspot from my PC

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit on my Desktop PC. Also, I am using a USB Modem which doesn't have any router. I'm happy with my current speed and connection but recently I bought a new smartphone ...
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How to install non Microsoft USB device driver on PC without admin rights?

I am running Win 7x32 secured corporate laptop. My USB audio device has .exe installer file which is not possible to execute because of having no admin rights. Is it possible to embed driver files in ...
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Is there a way to make a certain device not need root to access

Apparently you need to be root to access devices through Python. Is there a way to identify a particular USB device and then set it up so I don't need to be root to access it?
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Multibootable USB with windows, linux and iso

I want to create a multibootable usb, that will contain some linux distros, some windows ones as well as some non-OS iso(such as Hiren's boot DVD, Parted Magic bootble CD etc). As far as ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 won't recognize my bootable USB

I'm currently using Ubuntu 13.04 on my ASUS F201E laptop. I'm trying to install a new OS that is meant to be more compatible with my harware. I've already created a bootable USB with the new OS on it ...
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going back and forth between a laptop and a desktop seamlessly on windows 8/7

I want to be able to use a desktop and a laptop and share applications and files. What I was thinking of was an external enclosure (usb 3.0) with a SSD drive on which i install the operating system ...
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Format USB drive to NTFS/FAT from UDF

I formatted a USB drive UDF to boot an ISO image and now I can't find a way to get it back to being in NTFS/FAT or another usable format. Do I need a 3rd party tool?
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Creating a USB stick for installing centos 6.x using DVD1 and DVD2 iso files

First, we create 2 partitions on the USB stick that is let's say 16GB. first partition is let's say only 1GB and the second partition is the rest of what is available. after we "w" write the ...
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Mounting USB flash disk in read only mode

I have a Fedora 15 box, which is on a public network. How do I configure it such that when non-root users plug in a USB drive, the box mounts it as a read-only device.
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Is there something in between external and shared storage?

On a computer setup I'm aiming to achieve 2 things: I want high speed external storage for my main PC. USB 3.0 fits well. Also be able to share that storage with other devices. LAN speeds would be ...
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USB thumbdrive write protected. Cannot reformat

I accidentally pulled out my USB stick while formatting. Now when I insert it, a window pops-up saying it needs formatting. But formatting fails because it says that the stick is write protected. I ...
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Unplugged my USB 3 without safely removing hardware and now my other machine won't read it

The title says it all, really! I unplugged my usb 3 drive to take it to my lounge and plug into the media centre and hey presto, it can see the drive, but it shows as an empty folder. Funnily enough ...
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USB (recognized as RAW)

When I plug in a flash drive Windows sees the drive but when I try to access that drive shows that it is unformatted. I've tried at least four kinds of flash drives and all have the same problem ...
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Cannot access 3TB Barracuda after moving from internal SATA to external USB

I have a very similar problem to Matt's problem here. I had 2 Barracuda XT 3TB SATA drives in my desktop PC running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. I sold the PC but kept the drives and bought a USB 3.0 ...
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Is there a tool for mac which checks the true size of a usb flash drive or sdhc card?

I need to check an SDHC card. Is there a tool for mac which checks the true size of a usb flash drive or sdhc card?
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Memory stick not showing in My Computer

I'm using Windows 8 64 bit Pro edition. I have a Sony memory stick which isn't showing up in my computer section. If I open Device manager I can see the stick there named as a mass memory device. I ...
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Better USB 3G stick means better internet speed?

Currently I use prepaid 3G flat internet with some crappy ZTE USB 3G stick. The package I have is advertised as 10Mbit/s, and the modem is limited to 7.2Mbit/s. Speed is nowhere near that and I didn't ...