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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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Creating Primary partition Error

My USB is shown on disk management as "unallocated". I ran: chkdsk /f /r d: it told me that my drive is RAW type. So I tried using diskpart. My volume is shown as unusable so I selected it and ...
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How do I delete the shortcut virus permanently from my computer? [duplicate]

I've gotten the shortcut virus on my usb drives more times than I can remember; What I usually do is just format the drive and call it a day. Lately, I had important files on one of my drives which ...
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Which medium to use when rotating full backups of videos and pictures [closed]

I have 200gb of pictures and videos. I plan to institute personal backup procedure. I will have two physical copies on-site, and one physical copy off-site. The offsite one will be rotated monthly, ...
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Pendrive chipsbank cbm2099EA 3.8Gb | no USB Descriptor, no driver, no disc letter [duplicate]

I have windows 10 x64 proffesional editon. So pendrive had one bad sector and when I was repairing him (all sectors) my pc crashed, I saw pendrive is working so I formated him then i chcecked the bad ...
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Placing a R-Drive file on FAT32 Usb Drive

I'm having a lot of problems regarding creating a USB Bootable Drive and copying a specific R-Drive file archive. I've got a R-Drive file that contains windows 10 and a bunch of other software that ...
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Whats H9DA4GH2GJBM chip used for?

I have been investigating counterfeit devices and how they work. I noticed that this one USB device claimed to have 8GB doesnt seem to be telling the truth as it corrupts around 200mb, I opened the ...
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Why are USB drives incapable of booting an entire OS long-term?

Through reading several articles and forum submissions, I have come to the (perhaps incorrect) conclusion that one cannot download in entirely the Ubuntu OS onto a flash drive. The answers that I ...
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pendrive cannot be formatted due to current readonly state yes [duplicate]

I have a 256Gb HyperX savage pen drive. Its Current read only state is on, the read only is off, it did this several times but I could repair it with diskpart originally .The second time it got ...
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What is the name of this USB form factor?

I saw several news articles about the YuibKey several years ago, and always thought the way it was shaped was really cool. Instead of requiring a box-shaped connection like normal USB-A, it is a ...
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Can dd command damage Pendrive? [on hold]

Using the command dd generally to obtain ISO images in pendrives for OS installation: -Simply: dd if = / my_iso of = / sdx bs = 4M. I already lost 2 Sandisk Cruzer Blade pendrives. These pendrives ...
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I took ownership of a external USB drive folder using takeown/icacls command (now it shows my computer name inthe owner), how do I revert it?

I used takeown/icacls using post at Can't delete folder, need permission from adminstrator? I now want to revert permissions to the original USB drive ownership. How can I do that?
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Flash drive: Application not found

When I try to access my flash drive by double clicking I get prompted with an Application not found. Right clicking and selecting open works... only to send me to an empty folder named E:. Clicking ...
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Raspberry Pi B FreeBSD 11.2 does not boot with USB pendrive inserted

I am trying to install FreeBSD on a Raspberry Pi B (not 2 or 3, the old one). I prepared an SD card with the FreeBSD 11.2 image from download.freebsd.org/ftp/snapshots/arm/armv6/ISO-IMAGES/ and booted ...
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Check if USB flash drive is USB 3.0 or 3.1 in Windows

If I have a USB 3.1 pendrive, how do I check in Windows, if it's actually 3.1, and is not 3.0.
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USB Drive No Media after I command “attributes disk clear readonly” in cmd

I was trying to fix write protected usb drive issue and followed a tutorial (https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager-software/the-disk-is-write-protected-windows-10.html), and my flash disk ended up ...
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How can I create a autorun.inf for executables in subdirectory, with parameters, on windows 10?

I'm trying to configure autorun.inf on a DRIVE_REMOVABLE tagged USB flashdrive to run an .exe file from a subdirectory with parameters. So far I have had no luck using the information provided by ...
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USB Flash Drive gets disconnected after accessing a file

I have a USB flash drive with >1000 files which gets disconnected after copying one file and I have to replug the stick. I already tried it on several PCs with different versions of windows. Is there ...
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Windows 10 stuck in install loop

I was having a time getting my bootable USB 3, 32GB W10 install USB to be recognized. It recognized one time but I had to restart for something and it never came up again. I eventually removed all ...
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What write patterns are “flash-friendly”?

Assume we are talking about a run-of-the-mill USB flash drive (which may or may not do wear leveling) and a "dumb" filesystem that isn't especially optimized for flash memory (like FAT32, etc.) The ...
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How to run CHKDSK on a flash drive formatted to NTFS?

I formatted 2 flash drives to NTFS file system using windows explorer , then I tried to run CHKDSK for each one of them, with the command CHKDSK /F I got this message: Le type du système de ...
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Are there UASP flash drives with TRIM/UNMAP support? [closed]

It seems that most of the high-end external SSD enclosures and external SSDs support UASP and TRIM/UNMAP. Wikipedia does mention thumb drives but provides no further details: USB Attached SCSI (...
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On Windows 10, a directory shows 2x less size than the sum of his content

On Windows 10, I'm using an NTFS formatted external HDD (Toshiba), on which I've copied a directory from an USB flash drive, which is FAT32 formatted. When I read the source directory size on my USB ...
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Can we write 15,000 files into a flash drive with 3,000 write cycles? [closed]

I am having trouble with my flash drives. I understand flash memory has a limited amount of erase/write cycles. I read on a Kingston PDF it was 3,000 (but not clear to me exactly where/how that is ...
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How do I install Ubuntu permanently on a thumb drive as if it were a hard disk?

I've heard about "live sticks" and even created one, however, all they apparently offer is a "demo" and an install program. Additionally, either the permanence thing doesn't work or it's because my ...
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What has happened to my USB stick? Is it completely broken? How is that possible?

I had some problems with USB stick and was recommended to install e2fsprogs and run badblocks: $ time sudo badblocks -wv /dev/disk2 done Testing with ...
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USB flash drive clearing attributes

I was having a problem with my USB flash drive that it had become write protected. I used this drive on my friends PC. Maybe virus on his PC created this problem on my flash drive. Now the main ...
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Hide a partition on a flash drive

OBJECTIVE I have a flash drive and I want a custom memory management to work with "secret files". I need some help on how to achieve the following with two partitions on my device: READ Only OR CDFS ...
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How can I make a portable thumb drive with apps that would work with Linux and Windows?

So, my situation is as follows, during my weekly routine I have to transition between several computers, work, college plus home-laptop, work-laptop and sometimes sister's laptop. In college in ...
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Booting Windows installation, while the files aren't in the root directory, from pendrive with grub2 installed

When I install grub2 with grub-install command on pendrive with one ntfs partition, open .iso file with Windows, and copy all the contents of it into its root directory, I can successfully boot the ...
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Windows PC to act as removable USB OTG drive for Android

I have posted this question here than AndroidSE because I expect the answer to be actions on the PC. TWRP recovery is a fantastic tool capable of dumping and restoring entire device images. If you ...
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Disable the “format disk” dialog

I have a USB flash drive which has Linux installed on it. Now what I do is insert it into my computer and boot it inside an VM. Works great. The only problem is, that Windows always asks me to format ...
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Creating multible bootable partitions on USB drive from terminal? (macOS)

I have a 64GB UBS flash drive, and I want to divide this in multiple partitions. Then I would like to put a different bootable volume on each partition, for example various USB/Live versions of ...
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badblocks found bad sectors on usb pen, how to mark these up so nothing will write on them

Got a 2TB usb pen, format to exfat and did a badblocks check, pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo badblocks -vsw /dev/sda1 -o /home/pi/badblocks.out Checking for bad blocks in read-write mode From block 0 to ...
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No EJECT option to safely eject a portable hard drive Windows 10 system

No EJECT option to safely eject a portable hard drive but if i connect a USB stick there is. How do i safely eject the Portable Hard Drive.
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Error reading from file: Input/output error [duplicate]

Good day everyone I do not understand why i can't access the file on my flash drive. I edited the said file less than 2 minutes, saved it, made sure to click the unmount button and restarted my ...
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How do I make my dead USB usable?

So, this problem kinda started yesterday when my uncle gave me his extra Sony 8GB pen drive to copy some videos. I copied the files and everything went well until I reinserted the drive about three ...
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Test USB drives using Mac OS

Edited: I use f3 (f3write, f3read, f3probe) to test USB drives in Linux. How do I test them in Mac OS? It would be useful to be able to test the USB drives on my Mac without having to put them on an ...
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Delay on write of small files to USB key

I store my files on a USB key so I can access them across computers / operating systems. I find that often, when I'm editing a small file and then save it, there's a long delay / hang while it saves (...
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Files opened by some applications do not affect usb Safe Removal

I have noticed that when files are open by certain applications the safe removal of their source usb drive is not prevented (in contrast with other programs that will block the safe removal while the ...
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I have two flash drives of differing build quality. Can I tell the “bad” one apart programatically?

I'm trying to help a friend diagnose their company's USB flash drive issues. They purchased two types of drives en masse (I'm not sure of the exact source, but it was an overseas bulk order akin to ...
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Will a larger allocation unit really protect flash drives?

This answer mentions that a large allocation size will protect the flash drive from unnecessary erasing. Though this makes sense, the opposite seems to be true as well. If the unit is small - the ...
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Read contents of a .bin created by Win32 Disk Imager?

I saved an image of a USB stick using Win32 Disk Imager, which produced only a .bin file of the same size as the drive. Is it possible to read this .bin file as if it were a drive? I have access to ...
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Boot Order Device Priority In BIOS

I am using Lenevo ThinkPad E 570. I can enter into BIOS. I would like to change Boot Order Priority ...
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Very slow on USB i/o

(Disclaimer: Linux noob switching from Windows 7 to Linux.) I have a dual-boot PC with 3rd gen core i5 CPU (4 real cores), 12GB RAM and a 240GB Samsung EVO850 SSD. This system is not the fastest under ...
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Create Multi-OS INSTALLATION USB

I have big usb drive, say it 128GB, and want to download popular installation iso distributions, like Windows 7,10, Debian, Ubuntu, Gentoo, FreeBSD, so on. I need ability to install any OS to some ...
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USB 2 flash drives on windows 10

I've encountered weird problem. After one of the Win 10 updates (currently 1803 build 17134.228) "My computer" stopped showing older usb devices (they're detected and show up under devices in both ...
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Flash Drive corrupting files, won't copy others, won't format to NTFS

I have been trying to copy photos and video files from my laptop to a flash drive. Every flash drive I've tried seems to corrupt the same said files. I've tried three flash drives, all of differing ...
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Formatting Fake usb thumb drive

I "bought" (for free) a 2TB usb drive and I can't make it work: tried formatting, creating mbr and gpt partition tables and always I get the same result: in some point I get a I/O error like I/O error,...
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Text Editors Appending Text on Save When Characters Deleted

When I delete text from a text file on a Windows PC with a most text editors, extra bytes get appended to the file. This happens when I edit a file on my FAT32 thumb drive or on a spinning-disk USB ...
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USB 3.0 flash drive doesn't work on laptop but works on other PCs

I have SanDisk flash drive which is not recognized at all in any port on my laptop but it works on other devices. I've tried to format it as exfat, fat32 and ntfs but nothing works. When the thumb ...