Articles in Category: USB drives
USB connected mass storage devices like external hard drives, an USB flash or “thumb” drives.
While the technology continues to improve, flash memory has a limited number of times it can be written to and can, in fact, wear out.
Sometimes fixing a pesky problem with a hardware device is as simple as forcing Windows to reinstall a driver. I’ll show you how.
Leaving a flash drive or USB thumb drive plugged in all the time runs a small risk of prematurely wearing it out. We’ll look at why, and what to do.
My best practices for external hard drives concern software, hardware, and — you guessed it — backing up.
There are several approaches to password-protecting a flash drive, one of which might be designed for exactly the task at hand.
If you don’t have a CD or DVD drive, you may be able to turn that ISO image into a bootable USB thumb drive.
“Device cannot be stopped” can be a frustrating error if there’s no obvious cause. Turning off device power or unplugging anyway isn’t really safe.
All technology changes, and yes, USB ports will someday disappear. “How quickly?” is the real question. I’m not terribly concerned.
Recently a flaw given the name “BadUSB” has been found to potentially make many USB devices fundamentally not secure. I’ll look at what the flaw is, and what we know today about its implications.
Having a bootable version of an operating system like Ubuntu on a USB flash drive can be very handy for a variety of reasons. Since flash memory can wear out, however, it’s important that you back up.
We go over some quick fixes to make sure your system recognizes USB devices.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 is a significantly faster version of USB 1.1. Determining which you have is not at all obvious. But it is fairly easy.