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

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What is it that makes some USB sticks not-bootable?

I recently got a 64GB USB stick and planned to make it a system repair multitool, with different Linux and Windows installers and live images, but I seem to have a USB stick that cannot be booted. ...
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USB drive becomes write protected after inserting it

Whenever I insert a USB drive in my desktop PC running Windows 7 Ultimate, it becomes write protected. Then when I use it on my laptop, I can't delete the files on it. I already tried scanning for ...
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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 runs New Hardware Wizard for usb keyboard and mouse, can't find drivers

I have a PC that up until a couple days ago was working fine. I moved it from one site to another and now when I plug in the USB mouse or keyboard (the same ones that were working previously) XP ...
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WD Elements portable hard drive does not work with Gateway MX6454 laptop running x86 Windows 7

I have a Gateway MX6454 laptop purchased in 2006. It is running Windows 7 Ultimate x86. I purchased a WD Elements external hard drive model wdbuzg5000abk. It is supposed to be compatible with USB 2.0. ...
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I'm running Ubuntu notebook on a USB drive with 1GB persistence. Where are my XAMPP files?

I just began running Ubuntu Notebook on my 2GB USB stick, with 1GB persistence. After I installed XAMPP, I rebooted to make sure the persistence was working. It worked! My XAMPP installation worked, ...
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In accessible USB stick

A friend of mine had an assignment on a USB drive but it stopped working. On her computer the drive appears but when you go to the folder it says "inaccessible". I tried it on my computer and it ...
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\windows\system32\config\system is corrupt or missing

I had a server pc with the following error. \windows\system32\config\system is corrupt or missing As to fix it i replaced the files instructed here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545. Problem ...
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USB - Harddrive - How to use a USB Flash drive as a HDD harddrive?

As you see in the picture below, Windows knows which devices are USB's and which devices are hard drives. How can I make this USB into a hard drive? Can I format it or something? I need to do this ...
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USB pen drive not detected

I have an HP Pro 3130MT running Windows 7. My USB pen drives work fine on any other computer except this one. Sometimes is says something like "..device driver installation failed" and sometimes it ...
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Unable to get Linux Live installation media to properly boot from USB on 2006 iMac

I'm trying to dual boot linux on a 2006 iMac. I have tried Arch, Ubuntu, and Fedora. I originally created the Arch USB installation media following the instructions in the Arch Beginner's Guide. ...
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usb-creator-kde fail to install bootable kubuntu

I want to install a bootable kubuntu 12.04.3 LTS on my Kingston flash drive (1,9GB storage). I've already tried it twice so far and the flash drive didn't start from USB, although I made sure that ...
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USB harddisk reconnecting at random moments

I'm using an external USB box for one of my harddisks in Windows 7. At random moments, windows shows me the popup asking me what I want to do with the connected USB drive. It seems Windows somehow ...
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USB and Ethernet, which is more CPU intensive?

When I connect 2 PCs with each other through a 1GigE crossover cable and transfer large files (often larger than 1GB) through FTP, I often got transfer speed of around 70MB/s, which is likely limited ...
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Seeking a solution to automatically copy files from the cd-rom disk to the USB drive once it's connected

I plan to distribute a free CD that automatically copies files to a connected usb device. This process will be done on the computers of the users that obtain the cd. The CD will contain an autorun.ini ...
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Start Anew with my USB stick

This story starts with me taking my USB stick to work and unplugging it by accident in the middle of a file transfer. The USB stopped working completely, now I have Linux Ubuntu on my Laptop at home ...
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Sharing an Internet connection with VirtualBox

I connect to the Internet using a WiMAX USB dongle. Sadly, the USB doesn't work on Linux. Can I, in principle, use VMWare or Virtualbox to install and run a Windows machine from Linux and connect to ...
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USB ports fail to recognize on wake

Whenever I hibernate or sleep my computer -- and then wake it up, all USB ports don't recognize anything. For example, my usb printer will not recognize, my phone will say it's charging (but not ...
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How do I recover missing partition. Windows 8 with recovery USB?

i bought a Samsung laptop with Windows 8 preinstalled. After a year I removed Windows 8 and installed Windows 7. Before removing Windows 8, I made a Windows 8 recovery USB. Now I want to get back my ...
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Booting Ubuntu from USB, how can I remove its ability to mess with the hard drive?

I have installed Ubuntu on a USB drive to create myself a sandbox environment away from my normal computer. Ubuntu can browse the contents of my normal hard drive however, which I don't like. How ...
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USB Microphone is creating a beeping noise

I recently bought another headset, as my other ones were creating a lot of static noise. I used to have 3 headsets which worked fine in the past, but cause a lot of static noise now, they were all ...
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Barcode scanner with RS232 interface not working with USB adapter

I used RS232 interface of barcode scanner (Datalogic QD2100), for my project but a problem arises. The manual given with this barcode scanner has certain barcodes for mode setting (scan mode-flashing, ...
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Need Assistance on ASUS K55V USB ports not working

I have an Asus K55V laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium x64. Whenever I try to use a mouse (or any other USB device), it doesn't work because of a driver problem. The automatic update tries to update ...
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How to backup on a external hard drive that is not always connected?

I am looking for a backup software that detects if my USB-Hard drive is connected and then starts a backup. Windows 7 can backup on external hard drive, but if the hard drive is not connected it just ...
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Can't change volume of sound card

I got a new external USB soundcard. It's a Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II. It was a simple plug-and-play thing. I'm using Windows 7. The moment I plugged it in, Windows recognized it and I ...
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Formatted USB flash drive with Disk Utility on Mac and now it is not recognized on any Mac or Windows machine

I have formatted Canyon CN-MP4A USB flash drive with Disk Utility on Mac and now it is not recognized on any Mac or Windows machine. I have formatted with Disk Utility > drive > Erease > ...
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Trying to access a file on a USB drive not using a drive letter

Is this possible in Windows ? In OSX I can go to /Volumes/Usbvol/Thisdir . Can i navigate to the USB volume without using the assigned drive letter?
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Problem with opening pen drive

I've a Pen Drive. And I'm not able to format it.. when I'm going for formatting it shows that its formatting but even after half an hour its still formatting... The PD is not opening. and AntiVirus ...