Questions tagged [usb-flash-drive]

USB Flash Drives are portable USB drives that rely upon flash storage, also known as pen drives or USB sticks.

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Eject USB flash drive from working QEMU virtual machine

I faced with QEMU Linux virtual machine, which has USB flash drive injected and mounted. I need to see this USB in my host machine, to copy some files and inject it anew. What are the ways of ...
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Flash drive died

I was trying to partition a drive. After I partitioned, it stopped working entirely. Never showed again. Can someone explain what I did wrong? I deleted all partitions. I added a new 4GB partition. ...
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Windows 10 Installation USB - Can the USB hard drive have other partitions on it?

When using the Microsoft Windows Installation Tool to create a bootable USB to install windows 10, can the USB hard drive have other partitions on it? I ask because I can't boot to it for some reason,...
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Data loss while moving to a USB drive

My dad was moving two folders with important files to a USB drive. He cut the folders and pasted them to the USB, when he tried to access the files in one of the folders on another computer, he ...
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How can I boot from a FreeDOS USB-Stick on an iMac?

I created a FreeDos Stick using Rufus and a spare PC and im now trying to boot to it from an Mac but the Stick isnt shown at the boot device selection screen. (I dont want to use VMs or anything) Can ...
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unable to detect flash drive [duplicate]

I have a Lexar flashdrive 256 gb and its not detected by the computer. I have checked device manager > disk drives and the flash drive is shown as SMI USB MEMORY BAR USB DEVICE. Prior to this, the ...
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System volume information folder

What is "system volume information" folder created automatically by windows on each pendrive for? How can you prevent it from being created?
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What settings should I use for formatting a usb drive that I am using to hold clones of virtual machines?

I have a usb drive that I am looking to use to hold clones of my virtual machines. I am already leaning towards NTFS over exFAT for robustness and some apparent performance issues with exFAT. But what ...
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My microSD to USB adapter isn't recognized by my computer anymore. It's probably corrupt or something. How can I repair it?

My micro USB adapter is most likely broken. It's no longer recognized as even existing by either my Linux laptop or my Linux desktop, eg. the file /dev/sda does not exist. How do I repair this device, ...
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Sandisk USB 8gb only shows 64mb, can't be formatted in any form [duplicate]

this sandisk usb is broken when it suddenly stopped when copying some files from my phone to the usb. I have tried diskpart, it didn't work. tried numerous apps on formatting usbs, still didnt work. i ...
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USB stick not usable [duplicate]

Someone asked me to check on his usb stick because it was not recognized properly and he wanted to get his data back. It's a PHILIPS FM16FD70B. Windows disk manager reports No Media but i can mount it ...
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Can an overheated flash drive be repaired and reformatted?

I accidentally left a 64G ext4 USB flash drive too close to the CPU air vents (sometimes 50-60°C (120-140°F)). Now, when I insert it, ubuntu 18.04 continually produces this message over and over in ...
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What is the purpose of these overlapping partitions?

I want to install Parabola on one of my machines, so I downloaded the .iso, checked the signature and hash, and then flashed the image to a USB thumb drive like so: dd if=parabola-dual-openrc-cli-...
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Why is Overwriting a File So Slow onto a Thumb Drive?

I use a USB thumb drive to back up my most important data. I have noticed that some files write very slowly and I finally realized what is different about them. These are files that are being over-...
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My USB flash drives are dying quickly, why?

My pendrives are dying like flies in winter. And I am not using them much, like I flash maybe 20 times some OS iso into it and overwritten it with files like maybe 20-30 times. And it's dead again. ...
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Cannot access USB Flash Drive because of 'Policy Enforcement Control'

'Policy Enforcement Control' is preventing me from accessing my USB Flash Drive. How can I access my USB Flash Drive?
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Some USB devices not working properly on a new W10 x64 machine

Can you help me with a problem that I have with some USB devices not working properly on a new built machine. I hope you will be able to help me, being myself a power user, but here a little lost in ...
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Fix corrupted USB Drive [duplicate]

I accidentally removed my USB drive during a file transfer and it broke. I'm on linux, and when I plug it the only app that shows it is "Disks" app. The drive is not recognized by the system, no icon ...
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My flash drive got pulled out during I/O Write process and now is very heavily corrupted, not able to be fixed. Is it fixable? [duplicate]

I have an SanDisk 64GB USB Drive, and sadly, it got heavily corrupted. I was copying something over, and it got pulled out in middle of an I/O Write process, resulting in it being completely unusable. ...
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Removable Drive Shortcut Virus [duplicate]

I have a new problem with my USB flash drive. Recently the flash drive started acting weird. Every time I copy or move a file to it, after ejecting it and plugging in again once, It creates a shortcut ...
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Cannot format USB pen drive. Windows can't see it [duplicate]

Please help. I have 3 months USB pendrive Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 32GB. I tried by Rufus to create WindowsToGo. Unfortunately it ended up with an error message. Since then USB pendrive is broken. ...
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PC won't boot Windows from second HDD, Linux works however

About 6 days ago I bought a new PC, here's a link to it and I installed Fedora on it, no problem at all, the installation took about 10-15 mins. Then 4 days ago I decide to install Windows for games, ...
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Swap space not updated

I just made my USB an additional swap and after all done I did not know how could I take the USB off my computer properly, so I just pulled it off. When I open htop the swap space that the USB ...
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'missing operating system' after using yumi

I had installed a windows distribution on a usb drive using Yumi, but it just doesn't work. It keeps saying 'missing operating system' then booting back to windows.
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Bootable USB Flash drive cannot be formated [duplicate]

I have an issue, when I'm trying to format bootable flash drive on my Ubuntu 18.04.1 Desktop and I tried to follow this tutorial. Below I will try to describe my steps and provide some logs. ...
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Windows 7 home x64 installer cannot boot 0xc000000d

I'd like to temporarily install Windows 7 home on one of my computer for testing. I have Win7_HomePrem_SP1_Hungarian_COEM_x64.iso As far as I remember I downloaded it 3 years ago from Microsoft. I ...
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USB Ports fail to work

Machine: HP Pavilion 15" (2015) [Laptop] OS: Manjaro Linux Issue (very shortly summarized): USB Ports do not work. How did this happen?: I plugged in a malfunctioning a cheap USB WiFi adapter (...
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pc starts rebooting when i try to boot from pen drive

I have windows 10 32-bit and want to change to Windows 10 64-bit. I already transfer the windows 10 64-bit to my pen drive using the steps in windows page. I enter bios and select boot from usb but ...
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Broken USB drive after flashing Linux

I tried to flash Deepin (or maybe UOS) on my USB drive from another one. That simple installer warned me that drive should have at least 64 GB while my stick has only 30 GB, so I went to advanced ...
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Recover files from a USB that was used as a Windows 10 bootable flash drive?

I used a USB flash drive that had about 59/64GB worth of files on it to make a bootable USB device for a fresh Windows 10 install on a new PC. Halfway through the validation it occurred to me that I ...
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I am having problems saving several files totaling over 4gb on FAT32 drive

So after reading about FAT32, I understood that you can't download a file greater than 4gb on FAT32. I am fine with that. But here is the problem I am having. I have a 1.9tb thumb drive that I am ...
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How do I install Kali Linux (Not Live) onto a USB?

The last few days I've been trying to install Kali onto an empty flash drive. I flash a second drive and run the graphical installer, choose the empty flash drive as the disk to install onto as well ...
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Cannot Install OS from Bootable FAT32 Drive

I have put an Ubuntu 18.04.4 disc image on a JetFlash Transcend 1100 8 GB which is formatted as FAT32 with the intent to install it on an ASUS F555L laptop. This USB drive is recognized by the BIOS ...
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mac usb flash drive unrecognized in disk utility, only shown in system report

After trying to install bootcamp I had an error. After this my USB drive is no longer recognized. It still appears in system report. If I connect it to Windows it tells me that the device is not ...
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Code 43 with a Flash Drive

My problem is I have a 32 GB Flash Drive (currently empty) that when inserted into a computer gives the "USB device not recognized" error. On the driver in the device manager, it gives "Windows ...
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Windows 10 all USB sticks of same type write-protected. How to fix?

I wanted to create a Windows 10 boot stick, but pulled out the stick too early. Now every USB stick of this type is write-protected and I can't find a way to remove this write-protection. For ...
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Can I access the pre-installed hard disk of my laptop after booting the OS from a pendrive?

I have an old Dell Vostro 1440, 2GB Ram, about 500GB HDD and an i3 processor. That's all I know about it. Using the system is a complete nightmare as it lags a lot. Yesterday I checked the Task ...
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Geometry of USB Memory - heads per cylinder is 124

i have a USB Stick, and this stick has some problems, how to set up for it proper geometry TestDisk 7.0, Data Recovery Utility, April 2015 Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org> http://www....
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Will formatting a USB 3.1 flash drive using a USB 3.0 port on Windows 10 switch the drive to USB 3.0?

Now this may be a bit of a stupid question, but if you were to format a USB flash drive using Windows 10, and the port is USB 3.0, will the flash drive switch to USB 3.0? If the answer is yes, if I ...
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What would happen if one plugged a USB flash drive into a phone charger?

If someone were to insert a typical USB flash drive into a USB-A smartphone charger, what would happen to the flash drive? Furthermore, what would happen if a wireless adapter or other non-storage USB ...
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Flash Drive Multiple Partition For Backup

I'm trying do to something (experiment), I have 64 Gb flash drive and I break it to 3 sections. The first will be for Back up Files The second partition will be Create Restore Point (in case OS ...
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EFI Boot via USB Hub and extension cables

I'm not able to EFI boot from USB (3.0) flash drives if they plugged into specific USB periphery. My question is: Are there any requirements to USB-hardware which are necessary in order to boot with ...
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How can I protect a USB flash drive

I am trying to create a portable development environment on a USB flash drive, I am doing this because I need something ultra portable that I can carry around with me everywhere, I am also a CS ...
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Pendrive not seen at all

Yesterday I tried to format my pendrive Corsair Flash Voyager 32GB. I got a message saying Windows couldn't delete all the files, then apparently it deleted everything and I couldn't open it, there ...
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How to know if the hard drive is corrupted or the iso or the usb?

I had deleted all the partirions of my internal hard disk and created an unallocated space for the clean installation of windows 7. I also have a bootable usb of windows 7. But when I boot from it, it ...
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Computer won't boot when flash drive is plugged in?

This morning I tried to turn on my laptop, and nothing happened. I was curious because my laptop has long since been healthy. I ran a startup test in the BIOS, and it said everything was fine. I ...
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I can't format my USB pendrive (udisks-error-quark, 0)

I want to format my pendrive in Linux Mint. However, when I connect it to my laptop, it cant see the pendrive. However, lsusb sees it: The disks utility however, cant format it because of the error ...
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How to secure a portable USB thumb drive?

I need to encrypt data on a USB thumb drive that will be used on many different versions of Windows, including: Windows 7 variants, Windows 8 and 8.1, and Windows 10 Pro and Home versions. I know I ...
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Recover files from flash drive which keeps reconecting itself?

I have flash drive which was not connected to PC for long time. When connected file explorer displays all files but trying to copy some of those files fails (Probably due to charge decay in flash ...
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Debian: creating Windows 10 bootable install USB-drive using terminal (dd)

My goal is so simple, the title says it all, but every way I've tried, I've failed. I've read instructions on various sites (besides here) and they all seem to be missing something... this is what I ...

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