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How to set up USB for Virtualbox?

I'm using Ubuntu Maverick and Virtual Box 3+ and I installed Window 7 Ultimate Editon. The problem is that it doesn't detect USB drives on Window 7 but USB peripherals (mouse + keybord) are working. ...
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How to format a USB flash drive?

In Windows there is a straightforward "Format" option in a flash drive's right-click pop-up menu. Where's that in Ubuntu? I understand there's always standard partition management command line stuff ...
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Can I install Ubuntu to my 32 GB USB pen drive? [duplicate]

I want to install Ubuntu like how you would to a hard drive so I can use it as a portable system. I do not want a Live install; I want something where i can install updates, install drivers, and ...
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Disable auto-opening nautilus window after auto-mount

Every time I plug a USB stick in, nautilus opens a new window with the contents of the drive. I would like to disable this auto-opening of the nautilus window, but I would like the actual auto-mount ...
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Tool for recovering deleted data from a flash drive

What is the best tool for recovering deleted data from a flash drive (pen drive)?
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USB slots stop working suddenly from time to time

After re-installing Lubuntu 12.04 system on my laptop an older problem re-emerged after a few days and installation of different programs: without apparent reason the external mouse and sometimes ...
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How to access a usb flash drive from the terminal? (How can I mount a flash drive manually?)

I only have access to the command line I need to backup my data (on the user folder) to a pen. I don't know where/how can I do this is order to access the pen, and then do the cp command. How can ...
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How do I set executable permissions on a removable drive?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 and using a usb drive but I'm finding that I can't chmod any programs on the drive to +x. It is being auto-mounted by Gnome (using udev, I think?) so I imagine the problem is a ...
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How to configure to record data to pendrive instantly?

If I edit the files on my pendrive, and then just remove it physically, the data will not be recorded. I have to click "eject", and so the led starts to blink, and the data starts to be recorded. How ...
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How to install and use Ubuntu from a USB flash drive on Windows 8?

I'd like to fully install Ubuntu 12.10 onto a 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive, not create a LiveUSB, but to treat the flash drive as an external hard drive. I've read it's possible and I know my computer ...
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Is there a way to install Ubuntu on usb pendrive as normal instalation (not live cd)? [duplicate]

I would like to use Ubuntu from a pendrive, but I read that it works like a live cd. I would like it to keep my files and new packages I install. Is there a way to install Ubuntu on the pendrive as ...
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Running Ubuntu from a USB Flash drive on Acer

I've made a bootable USB flash drive to run Ubuntu. The drive works fine on most laptops/computers I try: It does not want to start on my (favourite) Acer Aspire 5745 (Windows 7 64 bit). The opening ...
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How do I clear everything (data, viruses) from a thumbdrive?

Say I used some thumbdrive on a public Windows computer and I copy some data to my Ubuntu computer with it. I cannot be completely sure that the Windows computer was clean, and it might have put ...
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Can I use Ubuntu to write a Windows 7 ISO to USB?

I need to create a Windows installation USB drive from an ISO file. I used UNetbootin which seems to be the only tool that can write non-Linux images. The USB disk boots (sort of), but it gets stuck ...
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How to auto mount my external hard drive?

On login, ubuntu 10.10 would not mount external hard drives automatically, While ubuntu 10.04 mount them on login. I've tried Storage Device Manager but it give error when external hard is not ...
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How do I get rid of “U3 System” on my USB drive?

I have a USB drive (SanDisk SDCZ40-016G) that mounts in a way I've never seen before. When inserted, two items appear in Places -> Computer: "SanDisk Ultra Backup: 16GB" contains my data, and "CD ...
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How to make bootable pendrive to install ubuntu os?

I am a newbie to all of this stuff. Initially I had a OS CD of Ubuntu 10.4 version. I never tried to install it. Now I have lost my CD somewhere. Earlier I copied the content to my laptop. When I ...
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Live USB “Check disk for defects” returns defects

I'm trying to use a live USB to dual-boot Ubuntu 13.10 and Windows 8.1. I made the disk with pendrivelinux (per instructions on the Ubuntu website). It all completed successfully, I checked the ...
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How to install and update Ubuntu to a Pen drive

I want to install Ubuntu into a pen drive. The pen drive is 16GB and I want to be able to boot from it (Not the LiveCD but the actual installed system) and be able to update and install new packages. ...
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How can I keep a folder synchronized to an external USB hard drive?

I have a growing music collection which I manually keep in sync with an external USB drive. Sometimes I edit their ID3 tags, add or delete a file in either the hard drive or the USB drive, and I would ...
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How can I change permissions on external drives?

I wanted to change permissions on my external drives that are automounted however I have tried by sudo nautilus and then going to gui and permissions and changing it however it does not let me. I ran ...
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Why is the data transfer rate so slow on my external USB 2.0 drive?

My external 1TB hard drive is connected to the front USB2.0 socket on my 11.04 box. When copying files I have a very slow data transfer rate rate of approx. 12 MB/sec maximum even though from the hard ...
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Install Windows 7 from Ubuntu on USB Drive

I don't have cd burner, so I want to install W7 on my 2nd computer via an USB-Drive. I just copied the files from the iso but it won't boot. So I installed ms-sys and did a ms-sys -7 /dev/sdb but it ...
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Is setting default mount options for udisks really not possible?

I want to mount usb drives with option flush (or sync). I'm using Kubuntu 10.10 and as far as I understood udisks is responsible for the mount options. I've read various threads and two solutions ...
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How do I get a USB drive shortcut on desktop?

Is there a flash drive shortcut on Ubuntu 12.04 desktop like Ubuntu 10.10 desktop have?
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Optimize Ubuntu install on USB-drive for longer life

I've got an Ubuntu installed on an USB-drive for portable use. It's a regular install and not a live USB. Needless to say, it's a Flash-based storage and only 16 GB. What can I do to extend its life? ...
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How do I execute a file from a FAT USB drive?

I'm trying to install a portable app onto my USB drive such that it is compatible with both Ubuntu and Windows (specifically, a program called eToys). Support is already built into the app for both ...
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Modification on USB bootable drive

A USB bootable drive discards all modifications made at shutdown. Is there a way to save it? If possible, how will that affect a version installed on to a different hard disk using that USB drive?
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rescue data from usb disk - don't want to format

I have a problem with my usb flash disk. It's a Kingston Datatraveler. I use it intensely, and since yesterday it has become corrupted. I can't remember that I took it out before dismounting (or ...
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How to Install Ubuntu 12.04 with Pendrivelinux?

What are the steps to install Ubuntu 12.04 with Pendrivelinux, universal USB installer exactly?
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USB drive auto-mounted by user but gets write permissions for root only

I am trying to use my ext4 USB drive but Ubuntu 13 is currently mounting it with write permission only for root so with my normal user I can't write to it, without sudo. The first place I checked ...
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Nikon P7100 doesn't connect as a mass storage device

I've tried connecting a Nikon P7100 camera to a USB-port on two different laptops running Ubuntu 10.04 and 11.04 but nothing happens. The camera says it's got MTP/PTP protocol. So it doesn't work as a ...
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Detect and mount devices?

I upgraded Ubuntu today and everything works smooth except that Ubuntu doesn't detect any other storage devices. My / and /home partitions work fine, but my other partitions are just not detected. I ...
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USB recognized but not available?

I installed Ubuntu and I'm teaching my mother to use it. Everything is going fine except that her new USB pen drive (8GB - fat32) is not working in Linux (but it works in Windows and Mac). OS: ...
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Ubuntu can't see my Android phone!

I'm on Ubuntu 12.04, and trying to connect my Samsung galaxy Gio (Model # GT-S5660M) with Android 2.3.4 (GINGERBREAD_MR1). When I plug my phone in,via USB, it will charge, however Ubuntu will not ...
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Mounting an external USB drive via VirtualBox?

I have an external hard drive that Windows can't open (gives an error message saying the file system is unrecognized and wants me to reformat), so I am trying to see if Ubuntu, which I am running as a ...
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Why does deleting a file on a USB stick not free up space?

I have an HP pen-drive that has 16GB space. If I add a file to it, and then I delete that file, the free space of that deleted file doesn't get applied. The only way I've found to see that space as ...
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How to safely remove a USB external drive?

How I can safely remove a USB external drive? Ubuntu 12.10 does not come with this option, only to "Unmount" the disk, but not "Eject". I have tried both USB sticks and with my external hard ...
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How do I safely use a virus infected USB drive in Ubuntu?

I have an USB drive which I know is virus infected (an anti-virus on my friend's machine detected it). Unfortunately neither of us know the virus name and I don't want to take the risk of plugging it ...
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How do I mount an encrypted /home directory on another Ubuntu machine?

I've done something a bit, well, strange. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 directly onto a USB thumb stick, encrypting the /home directory as given the option during the install. The filesystem is btrfs, I ...
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External usb 3.0 hard drive is not recognised when plugged into usb 3 port

I have an Iomega Prestige Portable External Hard Drive 1TB USB 3.0. It works fine on windows 7 as a usb 3.0 drive. It isn't detected on ubuntu natty 64bit, 2.6.38-8-generic. fdisk -l cannot see it ...
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How to create a bootable USB from a .iso file? [duplicate]

I am trying to create a bootable USB stick from a .iso image (it isn't a linux distro or anything of the sort) intended for use with a CD. I've tried UNetbootin and dd but they don't boot.
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Can an external flash or hard drive be used to boost performance, similar to Windows' ReadyBoost?

I have a number of spare external hard disk drives lying about the place and I was wondering if there is any practical way of using an external hard drive or USB flash memory drive to boost ...
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Formatting Pen Drive causes 'Daemon Is Inhibited' Error

Am trying to format a drive with Disk Utility and everytime i try to format this pen drive i get 'Daemon Is Inhibited' error. How can it be solved since the pen drive works on other PCs with no ...
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Can't format or delete partitions in pendirve cause of gpt table error

This is what I got while trying to format a partition in my pendirve: Error deleting partition /dev/sdb1: Command-line `parted --script "/dev/sdb" "rm 1"' exited with non-zero exit status 1: Warning: ...
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The USB drive is read only even write protection is off

I have made my Transcend USB 3.0 pendrive into bootable ARCH-LINUX key using dd command. After that it become read only and I was not able to use it. So I formatted as MBR with NTFS partition using ...
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USB drive not recognized after Erase Disk

I was trying to create a bootable USB to install Lubuntu using Startup Disk Creator and I accidentally tapped on the "Erase Disk" option. Now Ubuntu 12.04 doesn't seem to read my USB drive anymore. I ...
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How to make my flashdisk write-protected so no one can format it?

Can you help me? I want to make my flashdisk write protected. So no one can format my flashdisk because the data inside the flashdisk is important.
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Ubuntu copy dialogue stops at the last moment for a long time

Whenever I try and copy a file to an USB flash disk, the progress bar runs till the end very fast and stops for an indeterminable time before it is complete. Is there an issue with ubuntu or my flash ...
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Problem While installing Ubuntu

I was installing Ubuntu 12.10 from a Pen drive on Sony Vaio(Model is: SVE151D11L. 64 bit i3 processor) using an ISO image. I made the pendrive bootable by using "Universal USB Installer". The System ...