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USB flash-drive with hard-coded partition

I have a Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 16GB USB flash-drive: The weird part with this USB flash-drive is that despite the fact that I have zero-filled the flash-drive: # dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc ...
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How do I transfer (to a usb drive) or read a .odt file in the command-line?

Currently my computer is not allowing me to start it up properly (guessing my hard drive is malfunctional), but I've figured out that Ctrl+Alt+(F1,F2,F3,F4,F5,F6,OR F7) allows me to access ...
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Mounting USB drive that is not recognized

Using Arch Linux / XFCE, I frequently have problems with USB drives that are not properly mounted. Sometimes they automatically show up in Thunar and I can mount them with one click. However, at other ...
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How to Creat persistent Linux Mint on USB from windows

I'm new to Linux and really like it, but I need windows on my laptop also, so I thought a persistent Linux Mint on a usb drive would be the safest option. Looking for step-by-step directions to ...
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Eject USB drives / eject command

I know that the eject command can be used to eject almost any hardware component attached, but can it be used to eject USB drives? Is it possible to eject USB drives and external HDD's with the eject ...
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USB stick read-only in GNOME/nautilus?

Funnily, my newly vfat-formatted USB stick is automatically mounted when I plug it in, nautilus sees it, I can access it, I can see the permissions in the nautilus right click dialog (755), I can ...
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Linux Kernel - Wacom Tablet (CTL-490DW-S) - Lockout

I'm a bit of a beginner with Linux and after trying to fix this over the last few days I've finally given up and need your help. I'm trying to use my new Wacom (CTL-490DW-S (Intuos DRAW)) drawing ...
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Use Parted Magic with YUMI

I've tried putting parted magic versions on an flash drive using YUMI but every time I get an missing file error stating: This application has raised an unexpected error and must abort. [45] File or ...
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How to recover a totally dead USB?

I have been loading a USB with an .iso image to run Ubuntu live. It worked on Apple and did not on other laptops. After wiping, re-downloading, re-formating, re-partitioning to try make it work, it ...
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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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Understanding the automated mounting of USB Thumbdrive and doing it myself

I can break this down into two subcomponents: Why/how does this automated mounting procedure create (and destroy) it's own mounting point? Why do I have to manually create my own mount point when ...
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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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Used dd on a pen drive (wrote Arch to it with Rufus) and now it's invisible

I ran dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc count=2048 on the pen drive. I can see the pen drive in the lsusb output, and dmesg says that it is 8 GB in size, but when I use, say, cfdisk, it says that there is ...
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Mount an USB: dmesg shows nothing

I'm trying to mount a USB-drive. However, it seems that my Linux (Debian) doesn't recognise it at all (and any other usb-drive), though it powers it. The usb-hubs are OK, because I was able to boot ...
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How do I automatically force a umount on a usb drive that has already been removed?

I have debian system that auto mounts an entry in my fstab file when a usb drive is connected. This is done so as a read only device The device is mounted to /media/usb1 If i'm in the console and ...
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Unable to remove stale volume

I have an external hard drive connected to my Ubuntu laptop via USB. The whole hard drive is LUKS encrypted. Next to the encryption layer sits an LVM volume which I mount to /mnt/es. Once opened, ...
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How to disable asking for root password while ejecting USB drives?

When I mount usb drive it mounts successfully, but when I hit triangle button in Thunar (Eject) - I'm asked for root password! Executing $ udisks --eject /dev/sdd in console doesn't require root ...
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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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Is host-to-host file transfer possible using USB Type-C?

I'm doing a warranty replacement on my Chromebook Pixel 2, and want to transfer data from one laptop to another. The Pixel 2 has two USB type-C ports. I'm running Arch Linux on the old one. I'd like ...
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Buffer I/O error on device - SSD in SATA3 external case connected over USB3

I am experiencing a weird issue with my HDD. I have an ultrabook to which, I am connecting an external HDD case, based on ASMedia's AS2115 chip. Gentoo is installed on that HDD, this is how I boot... ...
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Unable to mount FAT32 USB (wrong fs type)

I am trying to mount a USB stick that is formatted with FAT32. After the drive did not auto-mount, I created a mount point /media/external and then tried the following to mount it: $sudo mount ...
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Usb drive not detected /arch

I have this USB drive that doesn't seem to be detected neither on lsblk or fdisk. Here are some outputs: Dmesg: [93812.546850] usb 2-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 33 using ehci-pci ...
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Debian install fails on USB-HDD

After my internal HDD broke in my laptop, I've tried to install Debian 6.0.6 on my external HDD. Please note that everything runs great when installing Ubuntu, but for some reason while the Grub stage ...
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Multiboot USB with extra first partition

I would like to create a 64GB multiboot usb drive. I want the first partition to be a 32GB fat32 partition so that I can use it for accessing files from windows. (Windows only displays the first ...
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USB drive offline in dmesg and ? in ls, but only for some files?

I have a backup drive that has been intermittently failing (but almost always succeeding) to run rsnapshot lately. ls and e2label output are not encouraging: $ ls -al /mnt/backup/ ls: cannot access ...
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Remove USB flash-drive write-protection

I have a sports-watch which has an integrated flash-memory. This flash-memory is used to store training information. When I connect the watch to my computer using the USB cable, it's detected as ...
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What are useful options for testing a usb drive with fio?

I would test some usb drives using fio. I started with the tutorial on linux.com, but it was mainly for hard disk drives. This is the test I use for my hard drives: [random-read] rw=randread ...
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Cant mount USB drive in Freebsd (pfsense)

I`m trying to mount a USB drive. It shows up in dmesg. Root mount waiting for: usbus1 ugen1.3: <Generic> at usbus1 umass0: <Generic Mass Storage, class 0/0, rev 2.00/1.03, addr 3> on ...
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How to wait for a USB drive to be recognized/mounted during boot to start own service?

I have a custom buildroot build with minimalistic kerenel for the RPi and busybox as init and shell. At the end of the boot process I start my own service which tries to access the usb drive. However ...
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How to format 720k FAT (ie: MS-DOS) floppy on Linux using USB floppy drive

I have a USB 3.5" floppy drive connected to my Linux box. I've verified that it is /dev/sdh on my Linux box, and I can read Linux-formatted floppies from it. (I had an old ext2 floppy lying around.) ...
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USB key does not show up in /dev

We use a USB key system that are contain license files and are provided to unlock proprietary software that we used. The USB drives are small however and get lost easily, so I thought I'd clone them ...
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Formatting USB stick with fdisk - negative used space?

I formatted a USB drive using fdisk, and created three partitions. Everything seems to work fine, but Disk Utility is showing a negative amount of used space for all partitions: Partition | Capacity ...
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How can I make udev accept mass storage and reject everything else?

I'm trying to write a udev rule to allow USB mass storage devices but reject anything else (keyboard, mouse, etc). I found this online: ACTION!="add", GOTO="deauthorize_end" SUBSYSTEM!="usb", ...
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How do I automatically mount a plain-encrypted USB flash drive to my OpenWRT router?

I just finished encrypting my external hard drive using a key file, and mounting it onto my router. Problem is, every restart i have to manually recreate the mapping and mount it again. OpenWRT's ...
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Slow performance when copying files to and from USB devices

When I copy files to and from USB devices (camera, HDD, memory card) my system becomes very slow. For example if I want to close a window I move the mouse but it takes about 2 seconds or more before ...
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Avoiding permission issues on portable hard drive in Linux Mint

I'm trying to pre-emptively avoid permission issues on my portable USB hard drive. The plan is to put a couple of Virtual Machines on the portable hard drive, and use it between two PCs both running ...
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USB device keeps disconnecting on boot

When booting a linux kernel off a usb device, via a usb hub, a light panel attached to my board (via the hub) disconnects during the kernel boot. Once the system is booted I unplug the panel and ...
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Unable to mount volume, an operation is already pending (with multiple users)

I'm running Linux Mint 14 - pretty much whatever the default install settings are. When I have multiple users logged in and I plug in a flash drive, or digital camera, or any other USB storage, rather ...
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Debian file transfer to USB flash drive weird behaviour

When I attempt to transfer/copy a relatively large file onto a USB drive I get some unusual behaviour. The transfer rate seems to be stable at first until the end of the transfer approaches. For ...
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bootable live usb doesn't boot, KNOPPIX

I have been trying to make a bootable live USB of KNOPPIX. I downloaded the .iso image, checked the sha1sum with the one that was given and it was all correct. Then tried both the options, using cp as ...
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Automounting vfat usb drive

I use debian 8 with kde-full package, everything is up-to-date. I have 4 usb flash drives: all of them are formatted in Windows OS. But only Sandisk "14.9 GiB Removable Media" is automounted ...
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preparing a usb drive to be bootable

Are there any written or un-written rules before copying an image file to a usb-drive ? If yes, what (if any) are such rules ? For instance, should there be partitions in the usb-drive or is it ok ...
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Disable USB partition from auto-mounting on Gnome 3.16

I have a Sony PRS-T1 ebook reader which is based on Android 2.2. When I connect it to my PC, it shows up as two USB partitions: READER and SETTING. The latter is a read-only partition, only useful the ...
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USB external drive not working

I have an external usb drive that is not working properly: Jun 13 10:36:38 sleipneir kernel: [ 1022.548241] usb 1-3.1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 28 Jun 13 10:36:38 ...
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Unable to use new USB hub

I have a new USB hub for raspberry PI 2 because the PI couldn't give enough power to run my usb HDD on its own. When I try to use the HDD with the USB hub I get the following messages: [ ...
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what does Linux consider connected usb drives and why do they remain as folders when unplugged?

I connect my USB stick to my LUbuntu PC running a media player app. I unplug it. I connect it again, the media player app gives a "Permission denied" for "/media/myName/stickName". If I delete the ...
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permission needed for Python to access USB drive?

I got this Python script that reads media files from USB stick. It used to run fine, today it keeps giving me OS Error: [Errno 13] Permission denied: media/myName/usbName when the script runs the ...
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Debian stretch asks for root password in order to mount usb disks after upgrade

After apt-get upgrade && apt-get dist-upgrade, Debian Stretch started to ask for root password for external usb disks. Creating a /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/55-usb-mount.pkla ...
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Raspbian disable mount & automount USB storage

I have installed Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi. Due to the security policy in the company, we would like to block access to USB mass storage (pendrives, usb drives, etc.). I tried according to this ...
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HDD error: SMART Status command failed: scsi error medium or hardware error (serious)

After my PC won't start again (my first guess was the power switch to turn it on was dead), I removed the HDD to extract my data. When I set the HDD (a 640 GB WD) into an external case (USB 2.0), the ...