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You can run Uwe Sieber's RescanDevices utility: When an IDE or SATA drive has been prepared for safe removal it can be reactivated by a scan for new hardware. That's what this tool initiates. It is a ... Windows application. It does the same as Microsoft's tool DEVCON when called with parameter 'rescan', but no console window pops up. ...


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How do I fix it? Just buy a new one. Flash drives are cheap, especially 8 GB ones. Sometimes such drives can be salvaged by low-level formatting with appropriate tools, but these are very rare cases and the fix isn't permanent. Failing parts of flash drive often indicate that its overall state will be getting worse because of flash teardown.


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The flash drive is failing and should be replaced. The most likely cause of this issue is flash memory that is wearing out. Flash memory has limited endurance and USB flash drives tend to use lower-grade NAND which has lower endurance than the types found in SSDs. See: Can a USB thumb drive "wear out"? This problem cannot be resolved by the end user. The ...


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You could try USBGuard. It implements a USB device blacklist/whitelist on top of UDev and the Linux kernel USB authorization framework. You could achieve the same using UDev as already proposed, but USBGuard is a dedicated tool for that job and it has a rule language and an (optional) GUI applet. Since USB flash disks usually have a serial number, then ...


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Found same problem on a 32GB USB 3.0 Drive (Win 8.1 Laptop with 4x USB 3.0 ports). Read elsewhere that connecting too slowly will produce this effect (reads as High-Speed 0x02 connection instead of SuperSpeed 0x03). I removed the drive (using eject pop-up window), waited a few seconds and reconnected quickly. The connection now reads correctly as ...


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The unallocated space will be used to replace memory cells which fail. Flash memory devices are manufactured with considerable excess, and when a cell fails, it can no longer be written to, but it can be read from, At that point, the controller on board will copy the memory content to a new, unallocated, cell, and then mark the old cell out of use.


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You can get your files back when you have restore points (shadows) from before the mishap - with a program called Shadow Explorer. Here is a little tutorial I made to show you how that works: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/132087-shadowexplorer-recover-lost-files-folders.html#post1137368 If you want to make a quick check whether you have restore ...


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You can place your Windows installation on a USB 3.0 storage device by using the following guide created by whs. This same guide according to the author can be used for any version of Windows 7 and Windows 8.x. Step 1 - Check the speed of your USB stick To measure the speed of your stick I recommend HD Tune. It provides data regarding the data ...


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Open an elevated Command Prompt and run: fsutil dirty query X: Where X: is the drive letter of the flash drive. If it is 'dirty', then you have only 2 options - either you run the chkdsk or you save your files and reformat the flash drive. Another (theoretical) option is to clear the dirty bit with a hex editor. But that is pretty tricky and I have not ...


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If you simply want to create a USB-based installer, just use Rufus:



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