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Universal Serial Bus (USB) flash drives are currently the most common form of portable data storage device. Questions about USB drives belong here.

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What is a high speed usb host controller?

A hi-speed USB host controller is basically a 2.0 usb port that replaces the 1.0 usb ports that were created a couple years ago. It's faster than the 1.0 usb ports, its still the same shape, but 2.0 has more power and better hardware incorporated. USB 3.0 is also available that is much faster than 2.0.
That's the general term for USB2.0, it operates much more faster than USB 1.1 which is know as non Hi-speed.

To find out if you have Hi-speed USB2.0 capable hardware:

In Window XP:"Right click my computer, then "manage", select device manager and scroll down to USB controllers. Click the + then look for the word "Enhanced" in either of the host controller listed. If there's 1 with Enhanced, then you have USB2.0 capable hardware.

See the related link for more info about USB1.1 and USB2.0

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How do you install a hi-speed USB host controller on a Windows XP computer?

For the most part, the High Speed USB controller will be integrated right onto the motherboard of your system. You will sometimes run into this problem when upgrading to or installing a new version of XP, for sometimes it does not readily have the drivers available. What you have to do is to actually find out the motherboard that you have in your system, and download, or request the CD, that has the motherboard resources on it, in order to get Windows to install that particular controller. If you have a name brand computer, you should be able to contact the manufacturer to get the CD or download. However, if you have built the system, or someone else has built you the system, you will need the CD that came with the motherboard. Yes. If you have an empty PCI bus slot on the PC motherboard, you an install a PCI card which provides you 2 or 4 USB2.0 ports which are available at around $10. There are some combo cards which provide both USB and Firewire (1394 ports).

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How do you remove write protection from a mini SD card?

Removing the Write Protection Depends on the Source of the Problem.

Broadly speaking, it can be any of the following scenarios

  1. There is a write-protection tab on the mini sd card HOLDER. Every time you insert this into your PC or card holder, this tab slides to the write protect position. Either keep resetting, inserting & reinserting until it doesn't slide or tape it down.
  2. There is nothing wrong with the mini sd card. Simply locate the write protection key and push it.
  3. The mini sd card has some error: Go for a low level formatting.
  4. The card has virus: Remove the virus. The link for the steps is present in the related link at the bottom of the article.

There is an easy way to solve this problem: Simply put the yellow lock in the middle of its slider. No sticky tape required, as shown below. But if your still having the same problem i suggest you try the sticky tape.

Problem is only that small moveable yellow lock switch is not making, just put sellotape over it maybe two layers needed to make switch.

Even though what is written below may work, the problem is probably that on the card reader (if you have one) there is a small switch that has lock written on the side. If this is pushed down, the drive is write protected, push it in the opposite direction and it may fix your problem I had the same problem with several cards but eventually found a way around it. DON'T buy a new one!

Make sure the SD card lock is 'off' and then use thin, opaque sticky tape (ie non see-through; eg insulation tape) to cover the whole gap but keep clear of the metal contacts at the back.

Your card should work fine now.

Additional Information:

  • Reason #1: The mechanical lock switch accidentally moves to the "locked" position during insertion due to the poor quality of the switch. Hence, by taping it, you are actually preventing the lock switch to travel towards the lock position. i.e. downwards.
  • Reason #2: If the above fails, it is likely your SD card reader/writer's fault. But don't discard it or buy a new one yet. Allow me to explain the mechanical design of the SD card lock mechanism. So that you may choose to repair it if you want to. You will need a small paper clip and screw-driver to open your card reader. (Don't proceed if your card reader is still under warranty, please return/exchange with manufacturer) There is a mechanical switch very much like a micro push button (I wish I could show you the picture/drawing). Anyway, depending on the position of the lock switch. You either push or release this micro push button inside the SD card reader.

Due to mechanical wear and tear, or some forceful insertion of the SD card, the micro push button is in its "open" circuit position, i.e. write-protected. In order to make the SD card reader writable, we will need to "close" the circuit. (Note: this is an irreversible process as I will be telling you how to remove the write-protection feature of your SD card reader. Once you do this, you would be unable to use the SD card lock switch to lock your data. So, just be careful not to accidentally delete your data)

To proceed, you need to remove the main circuit board from the SD card reader/writer enclosure. The location of the micro push button switch is the same location as the unlock position of the SD card when inserted in the SD card reader/writer. From the BACK of the exposed SD card reader, insert the unfolded paper clip (same way when you try to poke something like a device reset button) except, that it has to be long enough to allow the micro switch to touch together for contact. Then insert the SD card. Once the contact is "closed", your SD card reader/writer can write again. I understand that without a drawing, this may not be very helpful. Please provide suggestions or better explanation if you can. Thanks.

Or, just tape the lock switch to unlocked. This also works for SD cards in normal size. back up all the files u have on ur card then follow these steps

1. Go to Control Panel

2. Go to Administrative tools

3. Go to Computer management

4. From the tree menu on the left select Disk Management

5. Now on the right side you will have a list of all storage devices connected to your computer. Select the one that is your mini SD card. BE CAREFUL WHEN CHOOSING THIS BECAUSE YOU COULD FORMAT YOUR HARDDRIVE. Double check the name in My Computer

6. Right click on the SD card and select format. A new window will pop up showing format options. Select FAT32 from the file system drop down and check the quick format option and then click on OK

7. Enjoy your mini SD card without that annoying write protection

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How do you remove WSUP.exe and WTOOLSA.exe?

wtoolsa.exe is a process belonging to an advertising program by WebSearch( WinTools (Huntbar variant)). This process monitors your browsing habits and distributes the data

http://www.pchell.com/support/wintools.shtml

Visit http://iyogi.ca

wsup.exe is a hijacker which means it will intermittently change your Internet Explorer settings / Desktop to the link of it's author's sponsors

wsup.exe known as Ibis Toolbar

www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/wsup/

Download and run firefox to protect your computer from future spyware attacks and pop ups which are coming in through internet explorer (Trojan downloaders, win32 ).Browser attacks aren't easy to spot because they piggyback on legitimate traffic that doesn't exhibit many obvious warning signs

Run Deckard's System Scanner (DSS)

Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Run the anti spyware removal programs spybot

Run Superantispyware

Run a complete scan with free curing utility Dr.Web CureIt!

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How do you remove dialer 10 BL?

You need to run these 5 essential steps to remove all the spyware on your computer.

1. Run Deckard's System Scanner (DSS)

2. Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

3. Run the anti spyware removal programs spybot

4 Run Superantispyware

5. Run a complete scan with free curing utility Dr.Web CureIt!

Install threat fire which will enhance your antivirus protection

On a client's computer, AVG reported this virus in a file V.015~1.DAT in \windows\profiles\\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ (on Win 98SE).

AVG couldn't remove it, and I couldn't delete it manually because it was in use. I didn't discover what using it, so I just deleted the file in Safe Mode.

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Where did Dov Moran invent the USB Flash Drive?

In Israel. More specifically, Dov Moran was then the president and CEO of M-Systems Ltd., an Israeli corporation headquarted in Kfar Saba, Israel when he invented the flash drive. The flash drive was trademarked by M-Systems as the "DiskOnKey" though the vast majority of M-Systems' flash drives were sold by M-Systems to other companies (IBM, Dell, Verbatim, Kingston etc. etc.) for re-sale under their own respective brand names.

To this day, Israelis refer to all flash drives as a "DiskOnKey".

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How do you remove dialer.target?

You need to run these 5 essential steps to remove all the spyware on your computer.

1. Run Deckard's System Scanner (DSS)

2. Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

3. Run the anti spyware removal programs spybot

4 Run Superantispyware

5. Run a complete scan with free curing utility Dr.Web CureIt!

Install threat fire which will enhance your antivirus protection

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How do you fix a 600Gb memory stick?

depends whats wrong with it ???

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How do you take old things off your flash drive?

You first need to plug the flash drive into the USB port in your computer. Then, there are instructions for two types of computers, so follow along to your computer:

PC (Windows): Click the start button on the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Then, go to 'Windows explorer'. Then, click on computer. If you have Windows XP, go to Windows explorer first, but if you have Vista home premium, then click start and go straight to the computer button. You should see a list of drives in your computer, but your flash drive should either be 'Removable disk G' or 'Removable disk H'. Double click on either drive to find your flash drive. Then, to take items off, just drag the item off of your flash drive, and into the trash. Another way is to right mouse click and click 'delete'.

Mac (Any mac software, e.g., tiger, leopard, etc.): Watch the desktop, and you should find a white icon pop up on your desktop. Your flash drive could be named, or it could not be named, it doesn't matter. After finding the white icon, which is your flashdrive, double click on it. What's in your flash drive should appear, and you could either right mouse click and press 'move to trash' or 'delete', or you could just drag the item you want off of the flashdrive into the trash.

Important Note: The flash drive will remember the trash, meaning the trash takes up space on your flash drive, even though you moved it into the trash. You must permanently delete the item by emptying the trash. Otherwise, the flash drive will just take up space just remembering the trash, which means it is still taking up the same amount of space on the flash drive. DON'T FORGET TO EMPTY THE TRASH!

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How to remove Trojan Win32 Startpage-006?

Hello.

This Trojan win32 Startpage-006 is one kind of terrible Trojan infection. It can open backdoors for cyber criminals remote accessing to your computer. So i kindly suggest you to restart your computer and get in the safe mode with networking. I should say the manual removal approach is the most useful way, and you can learn the detailed information here: http://blog.teesupport.com/how-to-guide-remove-Trojan-win32-startpage-akau-trojanwin32startpage-akau-removal-instructions/. There are lots of registries there, hope it work and good luck to you!

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How do you plug a flash drive into your wireless access point if there is no USB port?

All computers have this box with a power on/off button. And if it is a desktop computer you plug it into the box. If it is a laptop you plug it into the USB that is on the left side of the computer.

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How do you remove hard disk write protected?

it is highly unlikely that a hard disk is write protected. secondly it is possible for an administrator to block users to access or write on hard disk areas. if you are the admin, you have to most likely format the system as it seems to be a virus with special privileges.

always backup all critical data as there is an imminent risk of system crash as the virus is likely to destroy the system slowly by corrupting data & also stealing information by restricting access.

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What does paste mean in computer terms?

To 'paste' means to make an exact copy of previously 'copied' or 'cut' text, pictures, or any other form of data. Practically speaking, 'pasting' copied text into a work processor (such as Microsoft Word) will create an exact copy right where your cursor is at the time of pasting.

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How do you turn off write protect on your hard drive?

Yes, it is possible to protect your hard drive using the lock command. E.g.

Lock sys: on - this will lock your partition Lock sys: off - this will unlock it.

If you wish to lock a drive other than your main partition simply substitute Sys: for the drive name.

I have a question for you: How do you turn ON write protection on your hard drive to begin with? As far as I know you can't. Hard drives were designed to be written on. You can't install an operating system on it without writing to the disk.

The only way to prevent someone from saving something would be through the operating system's security management. Before you can disable what you think is write protection, you need to understand what is protecting it to begin with.

Simple! Click Start Button > Type: Create and format hard disk partitions > Enter > Right click on your drive (the one that's write protected) > Click Offline > Right click again > Click Online. Voila! tnt4real!

Some hard drives have a jumper on them for write protect. You need to check the jumper settings

I just had this issue with one of my external hard drives. It's an internal drive that I installed into an external case and connects to my computer via FireWire. I knew it couldn't be a jumper setting, because the drive has not been removed from the case since it was put in there. I did NOT turn "ON" write protection at any time. I've been writing to this disc with no problems (daily) up until today. I tried copying a file to it, it popped up a message saying that can not write to disk, disk is write protected. I did nothing to cause this. No settings, attributes, etc. After looking around a bit with no luck (not even from here). I tried a couple of my own things. Found I could not change attributes (cause disk is write protected).

I finally unplugged the drive from the firewire port and waited a few minutes. Plugged it back in and let the computer "find" the drive again, and all is well.

The write protect is in your bios. You select "enable" write protect and it will ask you for a password. Note: not all bios versions offer this option.

I'm considering cleaning up my hard drive of all unwanted ware, especially spyware, and then turning on "write protect" for my hard drive to keep the stuff out. I'll be using a flash pen to surf with which can be cleaned much faster than a hard drive full of stuff and zillions of places for things to hide.

The post above said you turn on this feature in the bios. Can you elaborate on this as to how it's done? I have a Thinkpad r40 and can't seem to find anything on how to do it at ibm or google.

Thanks in advance...

I just had the same thing happen. Hard drive said write protected. Not even a floppy at boot would work. Then I realized when I hit delete for setup, both the hard drive and floppy were flipped to write protect in the bios.

I had the same thing happen to an old P III 800mhz computer; "write protected" message. After reading this I looked in CMOS for a setting for hard drive write protect, I have never heard of this as a bios option (floppy write protect yes, but not harddrive), did NOT find a setting for write protect for either floppy or hard, but I went ahead and did a reset CMOS to optimal setting anyway, booted and all was right with the world!

Thank you for the helpful info. I had tried everything, including fdisk/MBR, cloning to new hard drive, trying to do new install of OS on fresh drive... all failed, thought motherboard or IDE subsystem was hosed. Resetting CMOS WORKED.

If you download Windows SteadyState you have the option to limit who has access to what. You also have the option to lock your HDD. Everything you save will be undone the next time you boot. Here is the link to the download for you.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=d077a52d-93e9-4b02-bd95-9d770ccdb431&displaylang=en#QuickDetails

Just copy and paste that website into your browser. Also this is made by Microsoft and is free.

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Can you configure a computer to recognize two keyboards?

This is possible with usb and windows xp. With windows 98 there is a legacy (unsupported device) by the name of Vega Buddy that is installed in a pci slot and has a dongle that provides keyboard vga and mouse out to a terminal like configuration. With the lower prices of pc's however, a more viable and robust option may be to just purchase a second system network the machines and share files, folders and printers.

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When was the USB created?

1990

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Can you make the storage capacity of a usb bigger?

yes delete everything on your usb first

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Video Games
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Is it legal to load PC games onto a USB device?

In most Countries it is Legal to make a backup of your games onto any kind of media. But if you sell the game you have to delete your backup. You also must not lend or sell your backup.

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How do you remove startpage 7 t?

1. Download and run firefox to protect your computer from future spyware attacks and pop ups which are coming in through internet explorer (Trojan downloaders, win32 ).Browser attacks aren't easy to spot because they piggyback on legitimate traffic that doesn't exhibit many obvious warning signs . 2. Run the vundo and combo fix 3. Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

4. Run the anti spyware remove programs spybot

5. Run a complete scan with free curing utility Dr.Web CureIt!

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Floppy Disk Drives

Why can't you 'write protect' your hard disk like you can with a floppy disk?

Buy a internal SATA hard drive and an external enclosure like an Antec. Makre sure your motherboard has eSATA capability. This provides all the storage capacity of an internal drive but it sits outside of the case and has a power switch to turn the drive off if you suspect any virus problems.

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How do you remove write protection on a flash memory card?

1. The memory stick may have an actual physical switch to enable and disable write protection. Mine slid forward and back, very much like on a 3 1/2" floppy disk.

2. If your flash drive works fine at home and not at work it is likely your IT people have set security policies to prevent their use. This is to prevent people from copying company files and taking them somewhere.

3. If your flash drive is prepared ("formatted") to run in Windows and you put it in an Apple it will appear to be read-only, and vice versa. There is only one way to prepare a drive to be used on both systems simultaneously: it is called FAT (specifically FAT32.) Be aware FAT32 is old and you may run into its limitations.

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How do you download upgrade for SR-X95 USB?

good

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How many pics can be stored on a 2 gig flash drive?

1200

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What is NAND flash?

NAND Flash is a special form of Flash memory. Flash memory is a memory technology that keeps data even when the power supply is cut off; this is known as a non-volatile memory type. Flash memory can be read pretty fast, but writing to Flash memory is pretty slow compared to many other -volatile- memory technologies such as SRAM or DRAM. Flash also has a limited number of write-cycles; manufacturers typically specify something in the area of 10,000 writes for the lifetime of the part.

NAND Flash is faster than regular Flash, although the general characteristics still hold.

Flash memory is widely used in digital cameras, portable MP3 players, USB (Flash) sticks, and many other devices.

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What is the difference between volatile and nonvolatile memory?

volatile memory: The data is lost on reboot. This is the ram memory. Random-access-memory.

non-volatile memory: The data is saved to a hard drive or flash drive, or it could be a hard coded chip. This is ROM memory. Read-only-memory.

Volatile memory: you will lost all of your data when your electricity go out. Ram is volatile memory. When you shutdown your computer. Info that haven't saved is destroyed.

Nonvolatile memory: All data that stored in this type of memory wil retain when you shutdown your computer. Rom is of type nonvolatile memory.

Non-volatile holds its data even when the power is turned off.
Volatile memory: you will lost all of your data when your electricity go out. Ram is volatile memory. When you shutdown your computer. Info that haven't saved is destroyed.

Nonvolatile memory: All data that stored in this type of memory wil retain when you shutdown your computer. Rom is of type nonvolatile memory.

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