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Mark partition as readonly on flash drive

I have a flash drive that I've encrypted using VeraCrypt. I'd like it to be portable and useable on any computer (pretty much), so I've partitioned it like so: Flash Drive - Traveller (Fat32), ...
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how to both enable Windows Search AND avoid System Volume Information folder being written to removable drives

This refers to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 20H2 and probably all Windows 10 versions. I need to have Windows Media Player Service running on my machine so that media devices can access it to play videos. ...
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Flip the Removable Bit of a USB Drive

So, I want to use my USB drive on a windows 10 guest virtual machine running on a windows 11 dev channel host. I'm using Hyper-V as the virtual machine manager, and to access the drive on the guest ...
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Can't mount USB Drive - Is it dead?

I've been trying to mount a USB drive which was interrupted during a file transfer on a windows machine without much luck. Below are the details of some of the things that I've tried: Windows ...
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Flagging an external SSD as removable

I recently bought an external SSD (SanDisk Extreme Pro), and I would like to flag it as a removable device. I did some research before asking it here: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=...
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Can't sudo unmount or remove a temp folder in macOS catalina, how to get rid of it?

Using macOS Catalina 10.15.6. I have a folder ~/temp/foobar and when I do ls -al it shows these file flags: drwx------ For some reason I cannot get rid of the folder. So far I have tried this: $ ...
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Setting NOEXEC for all removable drives

I am using fedora 30 and I would like to prevent removable drives from being mounted with executable permissions. From my research I have found that Nautilus handles the auto-mounting(using Gnome on ...
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Suddenly unable to run any exe from usb drive on win10

I've been able to run executable from USB drives just fine on my work PC until about a week ago when I started getting Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You, may not have ...
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Mapping Removable media via Windows Remote Desktop as Removable Media

I have a Windows Server to which I'm connecting via Remote Desktop Connection. On my local Desktop I have a CF card as removable media connected. I want to have access to this as a Removable Media ...
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The computer sees a portable USB disk... but there is no disk connected

Good morning, I have a problem with USB/removable disk detection in my computer (System - Windows 10 Home / Motherboard - MSI B450-A PRO / Processor - AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.9GHz, 16MB) In BIOS I can ...
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How to limit Drive Letters Windows assigns to new removable USB drives

Currently Windows (all of the versions) assigns the first available letter to the next removable media you insert into your USB drive. Is there a way to go around this to make Windows assign only ...
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Is it possible to have Windows automatically assign/remove drive letters for internally mounted card readers?

I have two internal USB multi card readers, each of which expose four removable disks. Windows automatically assigns drive letters to these mounting points even when no disk is attached: This PC: ...
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Using external storage as primary partition

My PC is a Laptab and hence has very low internal storage. i.e just 32 GB that is totally not suitable for a device running windows 10, cuz OS files itself are eating up more than half of the storage. ...
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Windows 7 fails to see Super Disk drive

Windows 7 x64 fails to see my internal IDE Super Disk drive, but Lubuntu 18.04 x64 does see it. I know it's not the IDE interface or cable that's the problem because it will detect a slave IDE HDD ...
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Mount EFI partition on a removable media in Windows 10

There are these similar questions like mine already: How do I mount the EFI partition on Windows 8.1 so that it is readable and writeable? But, my trouble is that these methods are not working for ...
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Removable drive .lnk access is denied

I'm trying to remove flashdrive shortcut virus in windows 7. When I enter del *.lnk in cmd, I get this- Removable Drive <4 GB>.lnk Access is denied. How should I remove this error?
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Custom folder icon on USB

I am trying to make custom folder icons for my USB. I have changed the \desktop.ini to reflect where my icon is located. I have placed the icons in the corresponding folders within my USB and hid them....
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Removing ._ Files from Non-Mac OS File System In Dropbox

Having a Macbook with limited space, I purchased a portable SSD drive to keep my bigger files on, and my Dropbox folder. This works for the most part, however I noticed that when I migrated to the ...
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How can mounting a VeraCrypt drive be done without root in Linux?

I used TrueCrypt for a long time in Kubuntu, in which I used a keyboard shortcut to automatically mount a drive. Nowadays I use VeraCrypt, but I am always prompted for my sudo password after entering ...
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Using OSX or Linux, how to create a Win7 OS on a flash drive - not for installing Win7 - I need the runnable OS?

I have three computers, a Win7 laptop, a Mac and an Ubuntu box. The Win7 laptop has just died and to try to get it running again I have to run various Win7 apps, like HDScan and Intel's raid manager ...
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System Volume Information\FVE2.{guid} files open prevent ejecting thumbdrive

My Windows 10 x64 machine can't ever eject a thumbdrive. I get a message that files are open. I ran nirsoft OpenFilesView and it shows me the following drives are open: E:\System Volume Information\...
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Disk Usage Bar of Removable storage not showing in my computer

Disk usage bar of Removable Storage is not showing in 'My Computer'. My OS is Windows Server 2008 SP2 (64 bit). I can see the disk usage bar of all the drives of hard disk in 'My Computer'. Earlier ...
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How do I list unsynced files on a removable media?

How do I list all unsynced/unwritten files on a usb-stick/sd-card or other removable-media? Can I be certain all files are synced after I run sync?
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How to connect removable disk to an infected PC

What precautions should I take before connecting a removable storage device (like pendrives, External HDD, Memory cards) to an infected PC to avoid spreding infection to the removable disk? There ...
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Batch file to create a folder in every removable device

i Need a batch file to create a folder "test" in every removable device than i plug in my computer (pendrives and etc) i am trying something like this set "extDrive=" for /f %%D in ('wmic volume get ...
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Disable auto launching of Photos application on Mac OSX Yosemite & El Capitan

I'm aware that there are solutions existing that allow you to prevent auto launch of applications such as iphoto or the newer replacement, Photos on a per device basis through the UI of Photos itself, ...
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Setting RMB (Removeable Media Bit)

I "expanded" my Lenovo Laptop with an 256GB PNY SDHC card. I would like to show it as non removeable disk. As far as I know there is an RMB (Removeable Media Bit) that needs to be flipped. I found ...
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Trying to auto-mount a VHD from microSD results in Error 0x80004005

I was following the instructions from this question down to the last detail, however on my Surface Pro 3, all I get when looking at Task Scheduling is an unknown error everytime I boot up my Tablet. ...
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How do I make removable media (USB) autostart Windows Explorer when inserted?

How do I make removable (USB) media autostart Windows Explorer when I plug in the device?
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Automatically create and remove desktop shortcut to USB device? [duplicate]

Is any possible to have: When I plug in a USB drive, a shortcut to it is created on the desktop automatically? When I unplug in a USB drive, the shortcut to it is removed from the desktop ...
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sdcard performance bottleneck

I have loaded my 4 GB FAT32 sdcard almost entirely with mp3 files. Now, I cannot remove none of them because "discovering items" never ends. Even command line tools last forever, including format e:. ...
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Mount a file/folder as a removable drive

I'm trying to test an application I've written to image USB drives when they're plugged in. Unfortunately, I've just lent my last one to a friend. I know I can mount a folder as a drive using subst ...
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Using a memory stick containing multiple Ext2 filesystems in Windows?

I have a memory stick which I have formatted to contain two ext2 partitions on my Ubuntu computer, one 2 GB and one 6 GB. I would like to use them on my Windows 7 computer now. I am aware of Ext2Fsd ...
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(Relatively) safe and reliable, eternally reserved/unused drive areas?

I’m trying to find out if there are any areas of a drive (preferably file-system–independent) which are never really used. To clarify, I’ll demonstrate my use-case scenario. I am writing a tool to ...
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Directly open removable storage in windows server 2000/2003

I am trying to figure out if it is possible to run a command line that would open the removable storage portion of the Computer Management tool in Windows Server 2000 and 2003. I know it is possible ...
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Microdrive suddenly not showing up as storage device

I have a Hitachi Compact Flash Microdrive that my Canon EOS 20D uses to store pictures on. Up until recently, I've been able to put the microdrive in a PCMCIA reader ("PC Card Reader" as described in ...
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True Image scheduled backups failing because the removable device drive letter changes

I have Acronis True Image setup to backup to an external hard drive. I keep getting the error message "Please insert the last media of the archive and click Retry to continue". I think this is ...
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How to hide a Jungle Disk drive for a specific users in Windows 8?

This question is related to this question: How to hide drive for specific users in Windows 7? What I'm running into on Windows 8 is different than Windows 7. I'm working with Home editions of Windows....
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On Windows 8 or 10, particularly on tablets with a permanently inserted SD card, is there a universal way to treat the card as a non-removable drive?

I have a tablet, a Surface Pro, and I have a micro SD card that is permanently inserted. I use it to store media files like music and video. Windows, recognizing that it is a removable drive, deletes ...
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USB Flash drive not showing as removable drive

Yesterday I bought SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4 GB USB Flash drive. I connected it to my Windows 7 laptop there it is shown as local drive and not as a removable drive. I need it to be shown as a removable ...
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Why my internal hard disk can be ejected?

I have 6 hard disks in my computer and one DVD. The disk that I connect to the 6th SATA port is a regular disk. But my Windows 7 64 bit shows it as a removable drive. I can eject my hard disk! Just ...
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San Disk Cruzer 16G USB detected as local disk

I have a SanDisk 16G pen drive. It is not being detected as Removable drive but as a Local disk. I have tried formatting it with FAT32 but it didn't work. How do I change it back so that it is ...
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My USB Flash Drive is seen as a fixed disk. How can I add the "removable bit" to my drive to make it bootable?

I am using: Windows 8 Walgreens EasyStore 16gb USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Sandisk internals from my research) Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool The flash drive is seen as a fixed disk in Windows, which ...
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Reducing Disk-Access Timeout in Windows (Especially for Removable Media)?

Whenever a bad volume (dying hard-disk, scratched CD, bad flash-drive/memory-card, etc.) is accessed, Windows tends to wait an excruciatingly long time (a minute or two?) before giving up and ...
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How to undo "remove all dismount" in Diskpart?

I made a boo boo! I executed the following commands in cmd: diskpart list volume select volume 13 remove all dismount exit I have one of those dual-slot card readers with one slot for SD and one ...
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Windows 7 phantom removable disk

I have a strange symptom with in Windows 7: the D: removable disk in the screenshot below doesn't exist, if you click on it, it says 'Please insert disk'. You can't eject it, and it's not related to ...
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How can I change the default action taken on removable media in Ubuntu?

In Ubuntu when I insert a USB stick I get a prompt like: You have just inserted a medium with digital photos. Choose application to launch. Here I can set "perform as default action" and this ...
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How can I set a Removable External Device as a built-in Hard Drive?

I am using SSD with my laptop and running out of free space.. So I bought an 64GB microSD card as a secondary storage. But, when I launch My Computer, the SD card drive is recognized as, of course, ...
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Is Win 8 Bitlocker to Go locked to user profile, TPM or USB key?

Earlier Windows versions had EFS (Encrypting File System), which was a bit infamous for eating user data in the hands of inexperienced users. The reason is that EFS is tied to the Windows user account....
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Windows prompts to format a USB flash drive containing a valid file system

I've got my Windows 7 Operating System acting weird lately, when I insert a USB flash drive, it says that I must format it although it already has a valid file system. I've tested them on my friends' ...
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