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How to unmount flash drive gparted says busy

I have a 4GB usb storage drive that I cannot save files to. I have copied the information I want from it, so now I would like to rescue is as a freshly formatted drive, if that is possible. There is ...
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How to install Debian onto a flashdrive

I actually want my 4GB flash-drive to be the OS and for it to be transfer in-between any machine. I have tried to follow Debian's website, and I couldn't figure it out. I had my friend make my ...
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How do I get ata-style IDs in /dev/disk/by-id to work for USB disks?

I have USB drive dock that I'm plugging SATA drives into. The way they show up in /dev/disk/by-id seems to be dependent on whether the drive has a partition table (usb if not, ata if yes). This makes ...
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How to access Flash drives in CLI mode?

I have fedora 20 64bit and for unknown reason I cannot boot on graphical mode. I have very important files for my project there. How can I copy those files to my USB flash ? How can I find my USB in ...
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Cannot mount external USB drive

I'm on Debian Jessie and I have an external USB drive with NTFS. I plugged it into my Raspberry Pi, which then spontaneously restarted (probably the power consumption was too high for the adapter I'm ...
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Why do LiveUSBs use squashfs (and similar) file systems?

Every LiveUSB I have encountered so far uses squashfs or some similar method of "faking" and ext4 file system, while actually keeping the partition type already found on the USB flash drive. Why ...
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Create own Linux OS on USB Flash drive

Is it possible to create your own Linux OS right onto a USB drive? I know you can just download a Linux distro onto a USB thumbdrive and plug it into a computer and run it from the USB, but I'd like ...
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Can Linux be configured to wait for USB storage to be reattached instead of returning I/O error

If a usb_storage device is physically detached from an Ubuntu machine while it is still mounted, any attempt to access the file system will produce an I/O error. Is there some way to configure Linux ...
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Access USB drive on Ubuntu server

I'm currently using a Ubuntu 14.04 server with command line access only. My .html files are on my Windows and I want to transfer them. What is the path in my Ubuntu server to get into my external ...
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Is there a udev attribute/something that determines whether a device is a USB drive or not?

I am trying to create a UDEV rule to match/allow the use of USB devices. However, there is a twist. I want to be able to use only USB mass storage. Is there a unique UDEV parameter that can be used ...
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mounting removable USB disks with nodev,noexec,nosuid

When I want to use a USB disk on my desktop, I insert the disk and mount it manually, for example: mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usb I know that I can specify mount options with -o, such as mount -o ...
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How do I temporarily extract a flash drive or HDD in Linux?

Suppose I mounted a disk in this way: mount /dev/sdb /mnt/tmp I have some files opened on this filesystem and don't want to unmount it. However I want to temporarily extract the device, then ...
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How to use Debian in USB boot-able process

I am totally new to the Debian universe and want to use a USB stick so as to download, burn and then install Debian on a PC I got. I read the documentation of Debian online ...
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unable to format usb drive

I'm trying to read an usb drive that until a few day ago seemed to be perfectly working. Today windows started to be unable to access or modify its content. Trying to reformat it with linux (arch ...
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Safely removing flash USB drive

On CentOS (5.5 and others) I need to transfer quite big files to a FAT32 USB flash drive to get the data on a Windows 7 machine (each file is below 4GB, so I guess FAT32 shouldn't be an issue then). ...
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USB drive stopped working

My USB pen drive (A-data UE700 64GB) suddenly stopped working. I tested it on few PCs (every one with Linux) and it doesn't work on any of them. The device isn't even mounted. It used to work alright ...
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mount is not executed when called by udev

I tried to create some udev rules to mount and unmount my USB flash drives; the rules for the moment are very simple: ACTION=="add",KERNEL=="sd[b-z]",RUN+="/root/scripts/plug_flash_drive.sh %k" ...
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Monitor history of USB flash drives

I have to setup a monitoring system for our internet server, to monitor which USB Flash Drives (Pen Drives) are mounted and unmounted and when.(This is to avoid misuse, and to capture which ...
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No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!

I have copied, as usual, the iso into usb disk (/dev/sdc): sudo dd bs=4M if=archlinux-2014.08.01-dual.iso of=/dev/sdc But when I boot to my new PC, it shows: ISOLINUX 6.03 6.03-pre18* EHDD ...
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USB drive Dell does not work on Lubuntu

I'm using Lubuntu 11.10 on Sony Vaio. I got one USB Dell external disk 1tb as this one. But when I connect nothing happens. (even I can feel with my hand that it is running) From dmesg I got [ ...
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How to give more power to a USB device (error -110)?

I’m trying to mount an external hard drive (2.5", USB, no separate power supply) on Debian 7, but it gives me (in dmesg as well as when trying to boot with the device connected) errors like: ...
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Rotate screen using udl driver (DisplayLink) on Ubuntu 14.04?

Recently got a DisplayLink device, it works, but I would like to rotate counter-clockwise. Apparently the driver does not allow rotation (tried via gnome-shell and xrandr). Searching on google I ...
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Change default application of USB

I am using GNOME 3.8.4. When I plug in a USB device it asks to open with Rhythmbox but I want to be asked to open with Nautilus. How can I handle this?
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Where to find a list of device drivers supported by linux?

I have read here that linux supports a large number of device drivers and by extension, it also supports a large number of devices connected via the USB port. Excerpt from that site: Linux today ...
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Which kernel module name is currently correct “usb-storage” or “usb_storage”?

I have found a number of examples how to prevent a kernel module from being loaded. One of them is about USB storage module. The next code has been provided: echo "blacklist usb-storage" | sudo tee ...
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How to Run a script on USB removal?

I want to execute the script on removal of usb drive. In that script I want to restart the server. Is there any way to do the same ? I know I have to modify the rules in /etc/udev/rules.d/.
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Can I rewrite drive designations for the Qubes installer?

I am trying to install Qubes from a USB stick. Unfortunately it seems that there's some hardcoding taking place in the boot process, so after I have put the ISO on the stick it still looks to mount ...
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How to turn off a USB drive when samba is not using it [Raspberry PI]

I have a backup server on a Raspberry Pi using samba with 2x 2TB drives for storage. To reduce noise and drive degradation I'd like to turn them off when I'm not transferring files. I tried to ...
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Installation from USB fails

I have a pretty old Ubuntu 8.04 machine. The machine doesn't have a DVD reader/writer in it. Challenge: Now, the challenge I am facing is to install RHEL6 in this machine. Obstacle 1: I needed to ...
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How can I make udisks-glue run at startup and mount drives as particular user?

I'm trying to make udisks-glue work on my Raspbian Raspberry Pi. This works fine if I manually start udisks-glue via ssh. However, I wish to start it automatically on startup. Hence, a script at ...
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How to burn an iso while downloading it

I'm in a real hurry so I thought there is a way to do that but I don't know how. I thought about piping wget -c cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/utopic-desktop-amd64.iso | BurningApp but I don't ...
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How to find hidden partition of a USB in linux

I have a USB, which has a protected partition. I think this USB has hidden partitions, which I can't see them. $ fdisk -l /dev/sdb: You must set cylinders. You can do this from the extra functions ...
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How to differentiate USB flash drive and CD-ROM?

I want to differentiate an USB flash drive and a CD-ROM. My requirement is when I connect to a system only the CD-ROM should work, but not the USB key.
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Howto to boot an attached external hard disk (without formating)? (Solution: Repair grub easily)

I have a former internal hard drive, which I now use as external USB drive. I tried to boot from it, but it doesn't work (2 PCs tried, on my: blank screen + blinking cursor). This - I think - is ...
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automatic disconnection of RAID array

A RAID array connected to my system (Debian 7) via USB frequently disconnects itself for no apparent reason. Upon initial connection to the system, the device is detected, and the array can be ...
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Hotplug Device Driver Priority

Is it possible to have more than one driver for one purpose (eg. USB) included in the Linux kernel? If so, then how does the kernel decide which one to load?
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Prevent USB storage from using different device on reset

I have a hard drive in a USB enclosure that I am doing some data recovery on. The drive is in extremely bad shape and frequently resets on reads. The device registers as /dev/sdb. Sometimes, probably ...
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Replace USB stick boot device with SSD

I have an OpenElec based HTPC which boots from a USB stick. I would like to replace this with an SSD drive. What is the best way of copying the USB image to the SSD. Is this something that dd could do ...
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NTFS USB-Connected Partition Will Not Mount

First Error, when connecting the drive or attempting to mount it manually: Mount is denied because the NTFS volume is already exclusively opened. The volume may be already mounted, or another ...
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Simulate a USB drive using Linux?

Is there any way that I could use what I'll call PC-A to act like a USB device to a second PC, PC-B? i.e. PC-A <<-- Double male USB cable --> PC-B The result I'm looking to achieve is have ...
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Unable to mount external USB HDD because of GPT on debian

I have tried to mount an external USB 3.0 hdd on my debian virtual machine (I'm using VirtualBox). I have tried to mount it using mount /dev/sdb1/ /media/vol1/ but I get the following error: mount: ...
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Simplest way of getting a bootable linux flash drive + VM in Windows

I realize tools for making a flash drive image that boots a linux system (for example ubuntu) are common enough. I'd like to get a flash drive like that that also lets me use the system inside of ...
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Save motion output videos in USB Drive

I'm using a USB drive in my Raspberry to store my website. Now I want also save my videos made with motion. I wasn't able to save in a folder different from /tmp/motion so googling I found I had to ...
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linux fedora 20 how to read data from usb drive

I installed Linux Fedora 20 on a new computer, and kept the hard drive from the old computer as a second backup of my data. The drive has two partitions, Windows XP on one and Fedora 12 on the other. ...
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Is it okay to run my system off a flash drive?

I've been running my main system off a Linux persistent LiveCD flash drive for a couple months. The drive has a 2 GiB fat32 boot partition, and a 12.91 GiB ext2 casper-rw partition. I'm ...
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Why can I not see some files in my USB stick on Windows that I can see on Linux?

I'm having a little problem with my USB stick. There are files and folders on the USB stick I can see and manipulate on my Linux machine (Fedora 20) but some of those files and folders appear nowhere ...
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Why is writing SLOW on raw device, and FAST on filesystem (USB key)?

I have a USB key (PQI U822V-Speedy 32G) that I am trying to benchmark quick'n'dirty on Linux. I'm testing write bandwith. dd on raw partition I created a partition starting at sector 2048, then did ...
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How to install Kali linux on to a specific (existing) partition on a USB stick

I'm endeavoring to put Kali linux onto a USB stick - I know it's already written up, but I'd like to use only a portion of the total space (the aforementioned link will use the entire drive space). ...
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Cannot mount USB 3.0 Flash drive

I have a 16GB USB 3.0 thumb drive that has worked wonderfully up until two days ago... When ever I plug it into a USB3.0 slot: The light flickers indefinitely; Nautilus shows the Open/Eject popup ...
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Mounting usb automatically & having usb's label as mountpoint

How can I mount my usb automatically when I plug it in? Also would like the mountpoint to be the usb's label each time it is mounted automatically. Edit: I am using Raspian (on Raspberry Pi) which is ...