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Boot and Install Windows from a USB thumb drive

Installing Windows from a thumb drive is vastly superior to burning a copy to a DVD which will fill some landfill somewhere with toxic stuff. Not to mention it's about 50x faster to install Windows ...
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How to write ISO image to usb memory stick from linux command-line?

I'm having trouble figuring out how I would write an ISO disk image to a USB flash memory device from the command line in Ubuntu. I have the Startup Disk Creator utility, but I need to be able to ...
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How to make a bootable USB drive out of a bootable DVD or CD

Is there a "universal" way of how you can make a bootable USB drive out of a bootable dvd or cd? What makes a USB drive bootable? What makes a dvd and cd bootable? For example there is a program ...
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Dual boot from USB flash drive?

Is it possible to dual boot from a USB flash drive? Also is it possible to boot the operating system from an ISO image (like the Ubuntu Live CD)? How would you go about doing this and what software ...
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Flash Drives - should be formatted NTFS?

Should Flash Drives be formatted NTFS? What are the Pros & Cons of doing so?
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How to remove all previous devices in xp?

On our computers, we use daily dozens of different usb drives from our customers. This is bad because the registry hive is becoming huge as windows is so "smart" to save them forever I set ...
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USB storage media - data integrity issues on linux

I've always been somewhat paranoid about verifying data backed up to removable media, so after copying stuff to a USB flash drive or portable HDD, I invariably unmount the drive, remount it and diff ...
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Which /dev/sdX is my usb stick on?

How can I determine which /dev/sdX device my usb stick is plugged into? I am running Ubuntu 9.04.
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Pros and cons of installing ESXi on a SSD vs USB flash drive?

I'm debating on doing an ESXi 4.1/5.0 installation on a USB stick or a pair of 32GB SATA II SSDs (RAID1 mirror). According to VMWare's documentation, when ESXi is booting it looks for a 4GB space for ...
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Is there a quick way to safely remove a USB flash drive under Windows?

USB flash drives are an essential tool for any admin but I find the process of safely removing a flash drive under Windows to be inconvenient (click the tray icon, find your drive in the ...
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How do you prevent users from using USB drives which circumvent security

We need a way to prevent users from copying anything to and from USB drives unless they are a system administrator. What can be done to remove this access for security purposes.
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How to protect against against data access if USB drive gets lost?

Using any external USB drive under Windows XP, how to encrypt/decrypt files on the fly, but without too much slow-down from the overhead. Most of the obvious solutions like Truecrypt won't work ...
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How can I test for BadUSB vulnerability?

There are news that an unpatchable and unfixable USB firmware exploit is "out there". This could seem unrelated to servers but since the affected hardware from Phison is not disclosed there is a ...
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Removable media blocking strategy for Windows XP networks

Windows Vista upwards have a group policy setting to block removable media such as USB flash drives and USB mobile phones. Windows XP however lacks such a setting (or I can't find it) so I need an ...
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Flashing the Firmware on a 3ware 9650SE RAID controller

I've downloaded the required files to flash the firmware on my RAID controller I have also read the KB article:http://www.3ware.com/KB/article.aspx?id=10058 However it is not particularly clear - I ...
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How to boot Linux from a 16gb USB flash drive

I'm trying to install Linux on a single partition of a USB flash drive that's larger than 4gb. The first place I went to is http://pendrivelinux.com. I can follow these instructions for installing ...
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Setting up LiveCD + USB drive boot combination for a headless server

I'm setting up a large software RAID array using MDADM, and don't want to waste a drive bay on a system disk. Unfortunately, the server I'm working with has trouble booting from a USB drive, so I'm ...
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fsck: FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED after each check with -c, why?

I use a script to partition and format CF cards (connected with a USB card writer) in an automated way. After the main process I check the card again with fsck. To check bad blocks I also tried the ...
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How to run .NET and SQL Server in USB thumbdrive?

Is there a way to install .NET on a USB drive, pop it into a machine and get .NET working without actually installing it on a client's local machine? I am also trying to figure out how to do the same ...
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Secure USB flash drives that don't require a reboot

As a result of data loss, we now have a corporate policy (imposed by a major partner as a condition of continued funding, so non-negotiable) that only approved storage devices can copy data from our ...
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How to make USB thumbdrive space visible as a datastore to ESXi 4.1 U1? [closed]

I'm trying to create an All-in-one box which consists of ESXi running from an USB stick. Inside of ESXi there will be a vm which has been given direct access to a RAID controller for sharing it's ...
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Linux (CentOS): Confirm that a disk device is a USB pen drive without logs

We have a USB pen drive connected to our server. It was connected months ago so we the log of the initial connection have since been rotated out. I know you could obtain the make and model of a ...
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How to clone a USB flash drive using dd?

Using 'dd' to clone a USB drive -cfdisk: resized the destination partition to be of same size made the partition bootable same 'type' ext3 ran 'mkfs.ext3' after exit cfdisk then dd ...
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Does USB key speed matter with ESXi 4.0?

I am setting up a ESXi 4.0 server and have decided to use the CD installers ability to install to a USB key. I have a freebie slow 1GB Newegg USB key and a very fast 4GB Patriot Xporter XT Boost USB ...
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How do I stop Mac OS X from putting hidden .Trashes and .Spotlight-V100 folders/files on USB drives?

How do I stop Mac OS X from putting hidden .Trashes and .Spotlight-V100 folders/files on USB drives?
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New standalone ESXi 5 deployments - USB versus SD card?

Now that the old full VMWare ESX with service console is no longer, I'm redeploying some standalone ESXi servers. I'm using HP ProLiant ML and DL G6 and G7 servers. Does it make more sense to utilize ...
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Recovering Bad USB Flash Drive

Is there a way to recover contents of a bad USB Flash Drive? I know something has gone wrong when you get asked to format the stick when you plug it in.
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ESXi 5 Hypervisor fatal boot error

For over 2 years now I've been running ESXi 5 just fine from a pen drive. I recently had to move the server to a new location and started seeing an issue. Once the system starts to boot, I get: ...
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Disk encryption without cooperation from system

I have a small embedded system that supports fat32. It does not have any encryption options for the files that it saves to a external usb connected disk. Modifying the source to support encryption is ...
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1answer
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Recover a USB flash driver reporting 0 bytes

I'm not sure it's the right section to be asking this question, sorry if it's not. Last night I used openSUSE ImageWriter to create a USB bootable flash driver, however the drive is completely ...
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Disable USB Storage in General But Include Exceptions for Specific Devices

There are several questions here about disabling USB storage in general via GPO but I can find no information on whether it is possible to add exceptions for specific devices. Put another way, can USB ...
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What is a useful “transfer large things” method/medium? [closed]

Other than through the network, what does everyone use for transferring things like system images or very large files? For example, external case+hard drive like a myBook. Or, extremely large ...
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Using a local USB storage pen on a remote Windows server via Remote Desktop

Using the mstsc.exe client shipped by default with recent versions of Windows (i.e. Windows 7) is it possible to access local USB storage on a remote server (assume Windows Server 2008). For example, ...
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Drawbacks of installing linux on usb stick?

I am setting up a router/nas/http/whatever server based on an ION mini-ITX board. I've installed Ubuntu Server on an old 160 GB drive, but it generates a lot more heat and vibrates more than my other ...
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USB Flash Drives As Boot Drives In File Server

I'm designing a file server based around ZFS and I'm considering using USB flash drives in RAID 1 as boot devices. It seems that few people do this, and I'm wondering why. From what I see, using USB ...
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Disable thumb drives, but allow other mass storage USB devices on Linux

I have a requirement to disable USB thumb drives, while still allowing other USB devices such as a portable hard drive. Is there a way to do this in Linux? I know the Windows side has some ...
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Should I use USB drive for Solaris 11 Express

Debating on if I should use a 16gb USB drive for my Solaris 11 Express SAN server. I intend to use Deduplication which I believe may be IO intensive for the DB. Though I can't be sure. The SAN ...
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Recommend a USB Flash copier (Software or Hardware based) for Keep-it-simple-stupid bitwise copy

Intro I'm looking around for a no-frills USB flash media copier that is brain-dead simple and copies a source to a destination, bit for bit, when the drives are approximately the same size. ...
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Login with usb drive

a friend of mine works with diabled children and is thus often confronted with children, that are extremly slow typists. At their school every child has an account on an MS Exchange type Server so the ...
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Bootable USB backup

I would like to create a copy of my running Linux installation onto a USB 16 GB pen drive. The current system is a basic ATX PC used as a headless server on a remote location. I would like to have a ...
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How to install debian from a usb thumb drive

So far I have been following the directions here http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch04s03.html.en I downloaded boot.img.gz to my windows machine, and copied it to my empty usb key. At this ...
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Migrate Windows Server 2008 to a new hard disk

I have a machine with Windows Server 2008. I want to change the hard disk drive, but keep everything else. I don't have a cd/dvd drive and don't want to buy it. My first idea was to make a ...
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Disabling USB/removable devices in software

How can I truly disable USB/removable drive support purely with software? On Windows for example I know I could disable the relevant hardware in device manager, and users would not be able to ...
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How to use USB Key in Xen 5.6 Environment?

I am looking for a way to use USB key on a guest OS running on a 5.6 Xen Server environment. The catch is that I need to actually detect in the Guest OS (Win2003 Server) like an actual USB Key. ...
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Refresh devices - reconnect CF card drive by script (unplug-plug equivalent)

I plug a completely clean CF-card into my USB card-writer. Then I dd a mbr block of 512 bytes size to the device, which contains the partition table and the definition of one partition. Problem: ...
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Cannot initialize disk in PowerShell : Initialize-Disk throws “The disk has already been initialized”

I'm trying to change the flash drive's partition style to GPT using PowerShell, but the cmdlet throws "The disk has already been initialized" (even though I've cleaned the drive): PS ...
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Backup Exec ~> Using Removal media to move to another server?

We have an old application that requires a Backup Exec 9. I have this backing up straight to tape currently. We are looking at doing a Disaster Recovery plan that would allow us to have a second site ...
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Running Trac from USB stick (Windows)

I am looking for some way to run Trac on Windows from a USB stick (usb flash drive). User wants to carry a small USB drive, which will contain everything to be able to run Trac on his or some other ...
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Windows Server Backup “Reading Data; please wait…”

On windows Server 2008 R2 I have recently added the windows server backup (WSB) feature. Opening WSB I get the message "Reading Data; please wait...". This message fails to go away, even after ...
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How can I configure an USB Stick under Vista so that I can remove it while in-use without data loss? [closed]

I've got an USB-stick with my keys and passwords on it and I'd like to remove it from the PC when I leave my desk, but without having to check the filesystem on it every time as it happens if I do it ...