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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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is it possible to create a Linux bootable encrypted USB Flash drive

If I purchase a software encrypted flash drive such as the integral Could I install a live linux bootable iso on it? I want a partition with a linux live bootable distro such as Kali, and another ...
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How to Zero out free space on a pen drive on Windows?

I am looking for commands or methods whereby I can just write all zeros to the free space on a Pen drive on Windows OS. The existing files should not be affected. There's a built in command called '...
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Correct boot order if you want to boot from USB Flash Drive? [on hold]

What is the correct boot order on BIOS Boot menu if I want to boot my laptop from a USB Flash Drive? Is This Correct (My BIOS Default)? CD/DVD ROM USB USB Floppy Hard Disk Network Device
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USB Drive “No Media” error

This USB drive used to be "FreeNAS" boot drive, when I have it plugged into my Windows 10 machine, it shows as a "removable device" but can not access it. I was trying to use "Diskpart", it shows as ...
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Can I create a bootable USB drive for BOTH Windows 10 and Linux?

I am seeking to create a bootable USB drive which will allow me to boot into either Windows 10 or Linux, as needed. I have a 512Gb WD MyPassport SSD and a MacBook Pro. I currently have my 128Gb ...
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What is this strange flash drive icon in Windows Explorer?

I connected a USB flash drive to my laptop and it is displayed with this strange icon in the Windows Explorer: It's certainly not the default icon and I didn't change any icon settings in windows. ...
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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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I bricked my flash drive with u3-tool. Is it fixable?

I was playing around with the linux command line tool u3-tool to mess with a flash drive. This tool lets you do firmware level things to flash drives that support it. One option was u3-tool -e which ...
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USB Flash drive speed drop down

I have a USB 3.0 32GB, I test it in CrystalDiskMark and I got good writing and reading speed. After that I start formating it in a wrong format that does not exist (I was using linux) and it stucks. ...
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Why did my USB flash drive eject itself after 2 days of usage?

My USB flash drive was ejected without human intervention from my HP laptop running Windows 7. Why did this happen, and how can I prevent it in the future? I just returned from a week-long vacation. ...
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busted sd card and pins can you swap out the memory module to a new sd card to recover that chips data

I have an sd card that the pens are trashed-destroyed and the small i would say semiconductor is detached. The information is sooo important for my job. My question is can I buy a new sd card and ...
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How to disable the automatic mounting of removable media including those kept attached during the rebooting? (Windows)

I would like to prevent Windows from automatically mounting removable media (such as USB flash drives or any USB drives) including those which remain attached to the computer while the computer ...
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Cannot eject a Sony IC Recorder

The Windows 10 system will not eject the IC Recorder through the regular Safely remove hardware process. I have checked on the drivers for the Sony Recorder, but that is up to date. I recently updated ...
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Why will a USB flash drive get so hot when plugged into a Windows computer?

I have a laptop. When there is a Windows 10 OS on it, even if there is no data read or written, the USB flash drive will get extremely hot when just plugged into the computer. However, with the same ...
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Flashdisk recognized as portable device but not showing in Explorer and Disk Management

I have a flash disk that's showing in my PC as a portable device with the letter F, but not showing up in Explorer and Disk Management. Please help.
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Auto-run video files on USB drive and make the files protected from being copied

I have some video files that i want them to be protected from being copied on a USB drive. Plus i need the user to be able to watch these videos. I'm not sure if it's possible.
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Detect and qualify flash memory (sd card) wear

What is the best way to detect and evaluate/qualify flash memory wear that usually occurs after a lot of data has been written the flash? I mean especially a wear caused by continuous writes by dash ...
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Files on USB flash drive inaccessible

I have a USB flash drive that became inaccessible, with weird file names. I scanned it with different antivirus programs, it's clean but nothing opens. How can I recover my data back?
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Could flash memory erase page size be other than 2^n

Whilst checking the original, factory, partitioning and FAT32 formating on a Kingston DT 32GB flash (usb stick) drive, I have noticed that: partition has been aligned on 8064 sectors FAT32 parameters ...
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Read bytes from usb flash drive

I need a hex dump of a usb flash drive from the first few kilobytes. The flashdrive is fresh formatted with fat32 what i did is checking with lsblk where is my usb device and i got: sdb ...
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Is it possible (…how?) to have a single bootabe USB with a choice of OS installs

Is it possible to have a single bootable USB key with several install images E.g. for Windows 7, 8 and 10, and be able to choose which of these installs to boot? If so how to set this up on the USB ...
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Live persistent Kali - a start job is running for live-config contains

I have been trying for hours to figure out why I am unable to live persistent boot kali from my USB. Every time I try to boot, it runs for a little bit, and then gets stopped by the line stating, "a ...
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“Relative Offset” definition in the properties for USB Flash Drives

Related to the information given here Volume: D: Controller: Alcor 0xF101 Possible Memory Chip(s): Intel 29F64G08ACME3 Intel 29F64G08AAME1 Intel 29F64G08ACMF3 Intel 29F64G08LCME1 Intel 29F64G08ACME2 ...
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The term “Internal Tags” in the properties of USB Flash Drives [duplicate]

Related to the information given here Volume: D: Controller: Alcor 0xF101 Possible Memory Chip(s): Intel 29F64G08ACME3 Intel 29F64G08AAME1 Intel 29F64G08ACMF3 Intel 29F64G08LCME1 Intel 29F64G08ACME2 ...
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USB partition / volume ID path alternative that's constant over different machines

I have a USB drive with a two RAW / empty filesystem partitions and no drive letters assigned (encrypted using VeraCrypt). "mountvol" lists an absolute path that is accessible on that machine ...
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Are there any common standard for USB Pen drive size? [duplicate]

I hope it is okay if I mention the brand and type in here. I have to backup my data. So first I bought Corsair Flash Voyager GS 128GB. The real size that I found is 127GB. Just, to make sure I want to ...
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Automatically copy files to hundreds of USB flash drives

I'm helping my girlfriend with a event where she has to load around 1,000 USB flash drives with the same file. It is a rather small file (only a few MB) but the tedious part is actually copying the ...
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Printers do not recognize my USB 3.0 Disk drive

I have tried all of my university printers and they do not manage to detect it. Is it normal? Should i ask for replacement? Its under warranty. I suppose it is a software issue since USB 2.0 can ...
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FAT32 128GB Sandisk flash drive isn't working after deleting System Volume Information

after trying to delete files on my flash drive I accidentally deleted System Volume Information thinking it was useless. I know Windows has restore points to restore the folder but after that my flash ...
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USB 3.0 flash drive won't format - Couldn't open device

I have a 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive here that won't work anymore. When I insert it, it takes forever to mount, and forever means that it won't mount in the end. Using the Terminal, I get the ...
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Win 10 Hyper-V - use external USB disk in VM as additional storage during windows update

I have Windows 10 Enterprise with Hyper-V enabled on my notebook and have VM with Win 10 in it. However the VM seems to not have enough storage space to perform feature update 1803. I would rather not ...
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Reliable USB Flash Media

Q: What type of flash media has the best long-term storage reliability? Details: I'm aware that all flash media has varied limits on lifetime write cycles, and that there are better media for long ...
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How to copy tracks from Quod Libet to a USB stick?

I’m using Quod Libet 3.2.2 in Debian (Jessie). How can I copy tracks from Quod Libet to a USB stick? The recommended package "udisks2" is installed. I expected to find the USB stick under "View → ...
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windows was not able to complete the format [duplicate]

i have 16 gb flash drive and whenever i try to format it, the error "windows was not able to complete the format". so i tried formatting it via disk management but it still didn't work and when i ...
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Windows 10 USB flash drive not booting, but linux (ubuntu) does

I have an bootable USB with windows 10. I tried to install it on my laptop lenovo G50-80: I've selected the boot menu (after turning on the laptop via a small button: here), but the usb name wasn't ...
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How do I get my car stereo to see the music on the USB drive in alphabetical order?

I tried using a tool called Attribute Change the dates to be all the same, but it had no effect.
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How do computers know the capacities of drives connected to them?

Plugging my 32GB USB drive into my computer, how does the computer know that it is a 32GB drive? Where is that information stored, and how is it retrieved?
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Booting from a sandisk connect wireless thumbdrive

So I have a sandisk connect thumbdrive, and as my computer's hard drive has something wrong with it I have to boot from the thumbdrive. I plug it into my USB port and then boot. The problem is, first ...
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USB Drive Corrupted and Write Protected [duplicate]

So my USB drive fell out of my Mac whilst I was saving some stuff. I plugged it back in but I was told that 'MacOS could not fix this device'. I plugged it into my windows machine and attempted to do ...
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“Boot error” when booting YUMI USB flash drive

I created my YUMI USB flash drive some time ago. I’ve used this drive to boot various PC’s successfully (so other situation than in an existing question). However, when I tried to boot my laptop ...
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How to boot windows pendrive over linux

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and I deleted everything on it and installed Linux Deepin, but now I want to go back to windows and the pendrive doesn't boot, if I try any other linux it works, ...
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Best file system for flash drive (playing music in car) [closed]

I just got a Patriot flash drive to store and play music off of on my Kenwood car stereo. It came in exFat format. I heard Ntfs was the fastest so I'm currently formatting it to ntfs. Now I'm not ...
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USB drive not detected & not showing up win10

Laptop : Asus x541u OS : windows 10 Hey guys,I've been struggling with this issue for a while ! My usb ports are not working I ran the usb troubleshoot but no results "usb controller is in a failed ...
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Yumi Multiboot lost its booting capability after EasyBCD boot entry reset

I had created yumi multiboot and it was working good. by mistake, one day I used EasyBCD to reset boot entry from windows when usb flash was plugged in. now, I am unable to boot into yumi and i get ...
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Clone old SSD to USB to new SSD

So I planned to upgrade my current 128gb SSD to 512gb SSD on my laptop. As my laptop has only 1 m.2 slot, is it possible for me to: Clone my current 128gb SSD (consist of Windows 10 and a few ...
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USB content protection [closed]

I need a solution where we distribute content including ebooks and rich media files on USBs to users. The content and media needs to be protected and users should not be able to share or download the ...
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Disk doesn't format, chkdsk hangs after “The type of the file system is FAT32”

I bought a brand new USB stick. Because I needed a file on it bigger than 4 GB, I had to reformat it. So I attempted that. The progress bar stood grey for 10 minutes before I gave up. Assuming ...
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Why do we need USB OTG (On-The-Go) drives?

I just recently got curious about USB OTG (On-The-Go), and I think I understand what it is, and what it does. But, as far as I can tell, a flash drive could never be a host, only a slave. So, why are ...
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Prevent Infection of USB drive

I have a bootable USB drive full of computer repair tools. I would use it to repair a computer that might very well be infected by a virus or other malware. I would like to know how I can prevent ...
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How to remove write protection without the registry editor? [duplicate]

I have been trying my best to remove write protection from a 14 GB thumb drive. I have tried going into the registry editor and setting WriteProtect to 0(hexadeciaml). I have gone into the disk list ...