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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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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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USB Flash disc not recognised on android phone [migrated]

I bought the Wansenda S100 OTG USB Flash Drive 32GB USB 2.0 For Android Devices/PC/Tablet/Mac with the intention to load MP3 music on it and play it on my android phone. When I insert the device into ...
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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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How can I get my flash drive to be read properly again? [duplicate]

I have a 32GB flash drive. When I plug it in, it won't show up under devices and drives, but it will show up on control panel under devices and printers as "USB Mass storage device". I right click and ...
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How to format a write protected usb?

I have a Write Protected USB Disk. I can't format it by any method. I have tried the methods given in Cannot format USB flash drive, everything claims it's write protected but no luck. I even ...
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Acer Chromebook 11n7 C731 not booting from USB

I perform charitable work with youth in South Africa and do not often have internet access, hence I am wanting to convert a donated new Acer C731 chromebook to run Linux Lite 3.8 I have been ...
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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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Can't interact with Microsoft Basic Data USB partition

I created a Windows 10 installer with the Windows 10 Creation Tool and it somehow corrupted my drive. I have tried multiple tools (fdisk, Gparted, Gnome Disks, MacOSX Disk Utility) to no avail to ...
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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 ...
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USB pendrive : A request for the USB device descriptor failed

I have tried in several computers so it's a device problem. It says: Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43) A request for the USB device descriptor failed. ...
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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? [closed]

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?