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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Installing Live USB makes USB stick unusable

I have installed Android-x86 on a Kingston DataTraveler 100G3 32GB. When I attempt to boot from it, the I select "LineageOS Live" in the boot options, then Windows 10 starts as normal. After ...
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How do I make my windows 10 PC act as a usb flash drive?

I want to install Ubuntu from a bootable usb but currently don't have access to a USB flash drive for storage, What I do have though is a two-way USB (type A) cable and I'm thinking I could plug one ...
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Is Windows safe from BadUSB/Rubber Ducky on lock screen?

If there’s computer with the login screen on, will plugging BadUSB/Rubber Ducky infect PC? Or is it only possible when you log in to Windows?
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Can computer get virus while on login screen?

Let’s say that computer is turned off and someone turns it on and the login screen shows up. If the person inserts malicious pendrive with autorun.inf while on login screen, will the computer get ...
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Unable to repair USB flash drive in Windows

When I tried to create a Windows To Go with Rufus, the process failed and my flash drive is in a weird state: The drive will freeze any "disk reading" operations, including: Diskpart (list ...
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How do I find out what is the default allocation size for a drive

So, When formatting in windows and pressing "restore device defaults" it uses the default file system, but that's not what I'm asking about, it also defaults to "default allocation size&...
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USB folder hider/revealer

My dad recently gave me this 7 GB key shaped USB. The USB is really cool, but as a user of a 2TB SSD, I don't really need it. Seeing that it looks like a key, I was wondering how to conceal a folder ...
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Why can't I see this drive letter in Explorer's top-level view This PC even though it is perfectly accessible by name

-2 I add 2 USB flash drives to my PC. The first appears as G: (being the next available drive letter) under This PC in Explorer but the second does not appear under This PC. Examination of Disk ...
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How do I reinitialize a corrupted USB key on Windows?

I accidentally borked my USB key using diskpart.exe so that neither diskpart nor Partition Manager recognized the device. When I plugged the key into my Mac, however, the Mac immediately said that it ...
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Weird file on my flash drive?

I was using a FAT32 formatted flashdrive on Ubuntu earlier, and when I booted into Windows 10 (cuz yes, I have a dual-boot setup), there was an extra file on the drive. Here's what it said: Filename: ...
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Inserting USB with autorun.inf

If i don't have autoplay on, but i still open folder to view files of that USB stick, will the autorun.inf file be executed anyway with autoplay option disabled? Does autorun.inf only gets executed ...
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is it ok to leave external ssd drive plugged in?

I Usually prefer to keep my USB flash drive plugged in all the time and got no problem with it. But this time I am planning to get a new portable ssd for bigger capacity. This is what it looks like as ...
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How do I remove a stuck volume from a USB flash drive that has no partitions?

We have a USB flash drive that will not work with our computer image software. I used diskpart clean but it is not cleaning the drive fully. There are no partitions on the drive yet it lists a 0 size ...
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How do I make an external hard drive bootable same as a USB flash drive?

When I try and run Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator or Rufus it installs all the ISO and related stuff but when I go to boot option it dosen”t show at all. I have tried setting the boot to legacy, hybrid ...
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Write an image file to just one partition of usb flash drive

I want to burn an image to a USB flash drive that I have partitioned. All the imaging programs I have tried format the entire drive, erasing the partition. I have also tried to resize the partition ...
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How do I setup a windows folder to get backed up when a thumb drive gets installed?

I'm running into some issues whenever I start open office, so I'm thinking about removing the wear, and tear on my thumb drive by keeping the files local then backing up to a thumb drive. How would I ...
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Emulate USB stick from other device

I need to upgrade my monitor, but at my current physical location I am without an USB drive. I was wondering if it is possible to: Create a new partition on say 30 megabytes Move the firmware upgrade ...
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Restore files USB memory WD turned into windows upgrade

I've created a windows upgrade from my WD external data disk and it has taken over all of the visible files. The WD wasn't empty and had files before I turned it into a windows upgrade. If I check ...
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How can I recreate an installer iso from a usb (Mac/Windows) using dd?

I have read many "how do I write an iso to USB" questions. I am looking for a way to reverse the process. My question is about taking a USB stick containing a Windows installer or Mac ...
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Laptop bios does not detect bootable USB - Tried everything

The USB works on other computers, it also is detected by the OS of the laptop, but not on BIOS. I have: Made another bootable in GPT partition, both GPT and MBR don't work . Disabled Safe Boot Tried ...
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Can Rufus destroy a USB flash drive so quickly?

I bought a USB flash drive a couple of weeks ago. Today when I tried to write with Rufus the USB drive it errored out saying there was a hardware failure and when I tried again it said the disk was ...
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What is the best USB file system format for linux? [duplicate]

I want to format a 2TB USB which I plan use for storing media (some of which may go over 10+GB). As I don't plan on using it on any other system aside from Linux-based system I don't really care about ...
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Why does my bootable pendrive do not show boot in uefi mode

Hello guys first of all I’m a software noob. I wanted to install kali Linux 2021.1 as a dual boot for my laptop but even my bios is running in uefi bios and when I plug in my pendrive the boot menu ...
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Does USB C hub/docking station cut the speed of USB ports it provides?

If I connect all peripherals to a USB-C hub (or docking station) that is connected to one USB-C port of the PC, will the USB ports on docking station support the full USB speeds? Assume it exposes USB ...
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Is a USB flash drive basically equivalent to a USB card reader plus an SD card?

Is a USB flash drive basically equivalent to a USB card reader plus an SD card (or microSD card)? Or are they really two different beasts? Related: Performance difference between SD and MicroSD cards?...
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How to determine when USB flash drives (or SD cards) are or are not appropriate for a task that involves write operations?

How does one determine when USB flash drives (or SD cards) are or are not appropriate for a task that involves multiple write operations? One example of such a task would be to use to manage ...
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USB transferspeed drops

I'm copying a few large files (60GB) to a USB flash drive (formatted as NTFS, selected better peformance in device manager for this flashdrive). It is inserted into my PC's front I/O (USB 3.0, and ...
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Associate physical USB slot with logical disk device

I have an array of USB-storage devices (currently 14, but this could change) which can be inserted/removed in "random" order. I need to write a monitoring program automatically keeping track ...
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One camera USB causes external flash drive icon to appear in Windows 10 system tray but another camera's USB does not do so

I have been using an old Nikon Coolpix 4800 and whenever it was connected to my Windows 10 x64 Pro PC the external flash drive icon would appear in the system tray. I would tell Windows to "...
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Unable to locate controller name of SD card

I am trying to recover my SD card as instructed in this question as it became write protected, however, I tried both tools ChipGenius and ChipEasy but both are not reporting what is the controller ...
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USB drive does not show up [duplicate]

I have this DC-Memory 128GB drive, if I plug it in into any computer; It does not show up. There are 2 Device Manager errors with the drive: Device Descriptor Failed & Set Address Failed. ^ ...
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Do all non-mechanical drives use Flash Memory?

I would like to know this because there is a precaution not to defrag drives that use flash memory as it would decrease their lifespan. Correct my understanding if I'm wrong: Mechanical drives: Hard ...
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Is this USB flash disk dead ? Can't write and reads only zeroes [NOT DUPLICATE - READ IN FULL] [duplicate]

This is an old flash disk that I have not used in a while. It was a small drive I was planning to use for TinyCore Linux. I plug it in, and it does not show up in KDE Partition Manager. I query lsblk, ...
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Computer freeze after connecting to usb flash drive

I tried to connect my WD500G mechanical drive to my computer using the case provided USB-A port. Recently when I connected, the system freeze and keyboard light went off. But other things work ...
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Win 10 search not working on flash drives - searches titles but not contents

Trouble with Windows 10 search. When I search a folder on my C drive, I get results that match by file name and I get results that match contents of word docs. When I move the same folder to a flash ...
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Is there a hardware solution for two computers to share simultaneous access to a USB 2.0 memory stick (one R/W, the other just R)?

A similar question was asked before: Connect USB storage device to 2 computers at a time. However, it was ambiguous whether the asker wanted to achieve proper simultaneous access or would be satisfied ...
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How does the FTL handle TRIM requests, and how do flash drives work when they don't support it?

(Moved from a question on StackOverflow. TL;DR: I would like to know how modern flash drives and SSDs (the Samsung T5 doesn't seem to support TRIM, for instance) handle deleted data. Do they have a ...
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LiveUsb - PfSense Installation on USB Key

Is it possible to install the PfSense software into a USB key, configure it through the computer and then plug it to the router ? Might it work? Please give me a concrete answer or maybe another idea. ...
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How to Install Minimal Windows 10 TO a Flash Drive

Is there a free method to strip down all the unnecessary Windows 10 features before installation and to end up with a very lean ISO file, and then proceed to install said ISO on a USB Flash Drive?
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How to cope with a USB auto-creating files marked 'application'?

I have bought a new USB (32GB), after plugging it in 2 computers, it's now auto-creating two files which can't be deleted. The 'type' of those files is 'Application' and they can't be opened. I have ...
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How to Clone My Existing Windows 10 to a USB Flash Drive

My HDD is dying, and I do not have access to another one at the moment. The only thing I have access to, is an 8GB USB flash drive. I'd like to ask if a free and fully functioning solution exists to ...
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Boot from USB does not work although it is bootable

I want to install Linux on my Windows 10 tablet (ChiliGREEN E-Board MW065, 1 GB RAM, 8 inch display), so I created 2 bootable USB flash drives, one with Lubuntu 64-bit and one with Zorin OS Lite 32-...
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MS store app on pendrive run fine one PC, TOTAL erase on other PC

I installed 3 Microsoft store apps on my NTFS pen-drive. I inserted the pendrive into another windows 10 PC. Now, not only the apps didn't show in the list, but when I inserted it on the original one, ...
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USB drive gets hot/warm even when computer is turned off (but power supply is plugged in)

I noticed something weird today. I left my USB drive (SANDISK) on my desktop computer. When I unplug the USB after a few days, I noticed that the USB drive is warm. (I didn't turn the computer on at ...
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Can a bootable USB overwrite my default operating system?

I want to try out a few other operating systems than Windows so I found an interesting one: Deepin Linux. I downloaded the bootmaker and the ISO and was ready to flash it but then I remembered that it ...
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USB flash drive is showing no media status, how to repair the USB drive irrespective of the data loss? [duplicate]

So I tried converting a USB flash drive (16 gb) to live usb for a Linux distribution, Not going into details, it ended with me deleting those files and trying to format the USB drive and this happened ...
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What is the life expectancy of an SD card, in terms of years? [closed]

PREFACE: I would appreciate answers accompanied by facts and references. While I respect pure opinions, they don't seem to comply with the rigorous requirements of superuser.com forum. How long is the ...
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Installing Win 10 thru a USB 2.0 Pendrive on a USB 3.0 port

I have a 2 year old USB 2.0 SanDisk 32 GB pendrive. My laptop (HP 15s GR0007au) has only 2 USB ports and they're both USB 3.0 Laptop has currently Windows 10 and I will clean install a different ...
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Why are many small files slower written as one large file on an USB flash drive

Suppose, you need to write 2000 files each 1 MByte and one file of 2 GByte. In general, writing the big file takes far less time than writing the small files. Q: But why take many files vs. one file ...
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How to fill a flash drive with 1s instead of zeros

I recently ran the F3Tools on a large USB thumb drive that I purchased. It has a 240 GB FAT32 filesystem (not exFAT or NTFS, actual FAT32) on it, and it's supposed to be 256 GB, so I got slightly ...

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