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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only zeroing disk part that are not already set to zero

I usually use # pv -terab /dev/zero > /dev/sdx to zero a disk (ie: /dev/sdx). Basically, it just writes zero everywhere without caring of the previous values. However, I'm wondering if it wouldn't ...
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My Flashdrive isn't working because I deleted system volume information [duplicate]

I accidentally deleted my System Volume Information on my Flashdrive and now Windows can't recognize it. It always asks me to scan the drive before but it still isn't working. I don't know how to do ...
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Dynamic file path linking to another workbook

I have a series of workbooks that are stacked in sub folders (below a root folder) on a thumb drive which I want to link data to a master file in the root of the thumb drive. I would like to have a ...
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Cannot format pendrive, pendrive showing 100% disk usage in task manager?

I created my pendrive bootable for ubuntu using rufus yesterday, unfortunately it has started malfuctioning, now when I connect my pendrive to PC, file explorer freezes, I can't access menu to format ...
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USB 3 works, USB 2/1 doesn't work. The Root Hub reports "HubIs2xCapable: 0 (Is not 2.x capable)"

The USB ports on my laptop only work with USB 3.x devices, but not USB 1/2. I've confirmed with a multimeter that the DATA+/DATA- pins are silent, even when talking to a USB 3.0 drive. What could ...
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How to burn a distro iso on Windows?

I use Windows 10 home and I consider to migrate to Ubuntu. I took an empty disk-on-key (DoK) and putted inside it a Ubuntu 22.04 iso file. My Dell Latitude 5580 laptop is "modern" in the ...
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Unable to access and format a USB drive, which is seen in Disk Management but not This PC on Window 10

I have tried steps on two posts in this superuser thread: Recovering a Partially Formatted USB Thumb Drive These are my attempts: Attempt 1: referring to user LJD200's post I ran these commands on CMD ...
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How to check total written size to USB thumb drives?

(Asking in general but I need the answer specifically for SanDisk drives) Is there a way to see total written size to USB thumb drives? Just like Samsung-Magician's SSD health check, but for thumb/...
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USB flash drive doesn't work properly after making it bootable

I burned Raspbian buster lite on my USB drive. Now I can only use it as storage. I can see the USB flash drive and I can copy on it, but it doesn't accept any burning tool anymore. What I have tried: ...
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Refreshing Flash memory?

Sorry for the newbie and probably off-topic question, but here goes... I heard somewhere that (some types of?) Flash memory would start loosing data after a few years without power due to the way they ...
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Is there a way to preserve persistent device mappings (not drive letters) for USB removable drives in Windows?

This is not a duplicate of Is there any way to force Windows to map inserted USB drives using the first available drive letter?. I am not asking about assignment of USB drives to drive letters, but ...
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Which one have better data retention, data reliability, and durability for long time use? USB Thumb Drive (Sandisk) or Hard Drive (WD Blue 2.5")? [closed]

Both encrypted with veracrypt (full enceyption) Sandisk 64GB Usb Flash Drive in metal build. Fuve years warranty. WD Blue 1TB 2.5" with enclosure (as external drive). Two years warranty. And if ...
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Harddisk need refresh. Myth or Fact? [duplicate]

People said that harddisk need to be refreshed to prevent bit rot by format the drive, then recopy the files back. I have external hard disk, and use it as backup purpose once in two weeks. Am I need ...
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How re-format a Linux-USB in Windows?

#1. Say that I have an USB with some windows-files. If I put the USB in a windows computer, the windows explorer will open and I can access the files. #2. Say that I have an unformatted USB and put it ...
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USB flash drive not getting detected on any PC/laptop

I have SanDisk mini USB 3.0 16 GB drive. I used it last time a few months ago and it was working alright. Today when I plugged the USB drive into the socket, the drive did not get detected. I have ...
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Chromebook linux shell premission to write on SD Card or USB Stick

I just both recently chromebook and I am super satisfied with it. All that I need (VS Code, Expo Go, NodeJS, Python etc.) working perfectly fine without single problem. Only problem that I can't sort ...
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USB Windows 11 for TPM/SB created on non-TPM/SB system

What option is needed to install Windows 11 to a live persistent USB on a non-TPM/Secure Boot system, if the USB will be used on a TPM/Secure Boot system. I assume it is the Standard with TPM & ...
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Make usb stick bootable while keeping files

I am learning how to install an image on my USB stick and make it bootable using the rufus software. But, I only have USB sticks with data, and want to keep them there. Is it possible to somehow ...
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My usb got corrupted? I cant do anything with usb [duplicate]

I think my usb is corrupted or something. I used it for rufus but after that every software is crashing (when i use the usb on the software). The explorer is waiting me and after 5 minutes it says: &...
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manually verify the result of the creation of a Debian installation USB drive

Let's assume we produced a Debian installation USB flash drive via dd if=debian-live-11.2.0-amd64-gnome+nonfree.iso of=/dev/sde bs=4M; sync as recommended, where /dev/sde is our USB drive. Sometimes ...
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Thumb Drive 8GB: slow write rate

I've just benchmarked some memory devices using GNOME Disks and F3. Here's a summary: Device Size Avg Write Min Write Max Write Chart Compact Flash 64 MB 1.1 MB/s 1.1 MB/s 1.1 MB/s benchmark 1 ...
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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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Windows 10 - Won't recognise USB stick after one is removed

I have an issue with Windows 10, which has only appeared in the last month or so, where I can put a USB memory stick in and Windows 10 will recognise it and allow me to use it, but once I have "...
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SD Flash Card Read-Only Issue

recently during re-partitioning my hard disk, I mistook SD flash drive as some sort of "extra" "wasted" space and deleted it. ever since my computer(s) stopped recognizing it. I ...
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Can I dry flash drives under vacuum?

As you probably guessed, I accidentally washed 2 flash drives with my jeans. I am a chemist and the most obvious way for me to dry them is to put them in 100% isopropyl alcohol and then, place them ...
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Damage Source File due to Cancelling Copy Paste

I was copying some 20gb of important documents to my usb drive from my mac. The process got stuck midway and I had to cancel the copy paste operation. Second time doing so the usb drive got ejected by ...
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Bootable USB Flash Drive Detection Issue on the BIOS

Nowadays, I am trying to update my desktop computer, which uses Windows 10 Pro 32-bit version, to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (By the way, the desktop is eligible for such an operation.). For that goal, I'...
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Is there a way to find out when was my USB flash drive was last updated or formatted?

I feel someone has formatted my USB flash drive and there were some files inside it, is there a way I can check when was my USB flash drive formatted? I am using Windows. I used the USB flash drive ...
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What does the dd command do?

If I make a copy with the "dd" command from a block device say 8 GB to a 16 GB block device, the content of the first device is copied to the second device until it is full? (that is, until ...
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Chromecast not recognizing USB flash drives of varying sizes and formats when connected via a USB hub

I just bought a Chromecast with Google TV device and want to expand its storage with a USB flash drive. The power supply Google provided is 5V 1.5A. Since my USB hub has no type C, I used another ...
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Fastest way to clone a 128gb usb stick with over 100k files

I have a 128gb usb 2.0 stick and it has many small files. In total about 100k files and it takes at least 6 hours just to copy all these files onto another usb stick. What is the fastest way to clone ...
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How to format an USB drive having multiple partitions under Windows 11?

I have an USB stick totalling 8GB. It has three "partitions": 41 MB Unallocated D: 2MB Fat the rest is unallocated I want to completly format the USB drive. Yet when I do right click on D:\...
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How to salvage data from faulty usb drive

I have a small 64GB usb thumb drive that has valuable files on it, but I can't really get everything off of it. It's recognized by my OS (Manjaro Linux), I can see the contents and even copy some ...
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PNY USB flash drive showing up as disk drive, not USB. What can i do? [duplicate]

When i plug in this USB stick, it doesnt show up like my other USB sticks. If u look at the photos, in Image 1, it shows up as a disk drive (USB Drive: B), which when i click it says Please insert ...
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How to restore files from a 2020 Samsung DUO Plus USB-C Flash Drive 256GB that doesn't mount at all

I have a 2020 Samsung DUO Plus USB-C Flash Drive 256GB that doesn't mount. I tried on Windows 10 and Mac OSX Catalina. On OSX Catalina, Disk Utility doesn't detect the drive at all and System ...
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Why is my motherboard not recognising my USB stick as bootable?

I created an USB flash drive with openmediavault v6 (not the installer, I mean I put the system on it). I can use this flash drive to run OMV on the machine (a PC with a Gigabyte motherboard). I can ...
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How can I get melted chocolate out of a USB flash drive connector?

Melted chocolate got in the USB connection end of an important USB drive; it was in a pocket with a chocolate. It’s now not detected by the computer. I’ve read about isopropyl alcohol (IPA), but would ...
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Very slow transfer rate to USB drive

Freshly installed Windows 10 on an older Dell Precision M6500 with USB 3.0 ports. Trying to transfer 42GB of pictures and videos to a 64GB USB 2.0 drive. It’s taking a very long time and transfer rate ...
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Can be USB stick completely destroyed by pulling out in wrong moment? [duplicate]

I was making a Windows 10 copy on my usb stick, the creation tool finished and I disconnected the drive from pc. Then I connected it to second pc, booted it from the stick, and nothing. I go back to ...
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USB drive not responding to kernel

I have a USB device that when plugged into my computer produces the following dmesg output: [ 1561.678968] usb 4-2: new SuperSpeed Gen 1 USB device number 8 using xhci_hcd [ 1561.700583] usb 4-2: New ...
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Trying to turn a bootable usb drive back to being non bootable

I am using Windows 10. I used balenaEtcher to flash a usb drive with some Linux distro iso, but now I am trying to flash it with another iso and am failing: I highly suspect this is because the USB ...
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USB showing in Device Manager->Disk drives but not in This PC

So, I just recently bought a new 32GB Transcend USB because I wanted to install Ubuntu to my laptop, and I need to burn the ISO file. At first, the USB works perfectly fine. Unfortunately, the process ...
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Is there a way to have multiple "bootable images" on a USB stick and choose between them?

Since my little double-sided USB key (micro and USB-A) has 16GB (it's also got some tiny Android files), I was wondering how to manage multiple instances.
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Devices working on Linux but not on Windows because of power

I bought a new Medion laptop and found the first 3 devices in the list (Kobo Reader and Hotone Audio don't completely work). Also tested on Linux and there they work correcly. Then I found out on ...
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How do I open a flash drive but only inside a virtual machine?

I recently discovered a stash of old flash drives, and I'm not sure what they contain or if they're even safe to open. I also recently learned about Oracle VM Virtualbox and how they are completely ...
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Making a bootable usb that automatically moves files to windows, from the usb stick

The goal is to make a usb stick i can boot from. Once it boots, the files I put on the usb stick, when making it, are automatically transfered to the computer in questions windows partition. I thought ...
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My USB disk is running very slow

I was writing the Windows ISO file to my USB drive with Rufus but then I had to cancel the process. After canceling the process, the speed of my USB disk slowed down a lot. I tried every way I found ...
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When to turn on flex_bg and packed_meta_blocks=1 options on AU6477 Card Reader Controller and others?

While creating ext4 file systems on USB thumb drives, I always wonder whether I should turn the flex_bg and packed_meta_blocks=1 options on or leave them off. In particular, I have the following ...
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Multi-boot USB recovery drive (SupportAssist, Windows Recovery, Macrium)

Is it possible to have multiple boot paritions on a USB drive? My SupportAssist OS Recovery SSD partition is corrupt and so soley relying on it could result in a single point of failure. I already ...
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Clarification on using Rufus to create a bootable live FreeDOS USB drive

I am attempting to use Rufus to make a USB flash drive bootable. However, try as I might, my system refuses to boot from it, although it once did (see below). I have made sure legacy boot mode is ...
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