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11 Flash Drive Virus

Can an Flash Drive be infected with a virus?     A Flash Drive can be infected with a virus if you save a virus-infected file to the unit or it is plugged into a virus infected computer.  A virus-infected drive can then infect any other computers…

12 Formatting a Flash Drive on Macintosh

How do I format my Flash Drive in Mac OS X?    Your drive must be set up as a single public partition, since neither Windows Explorer nor the Macintosh OS will recognize a password protected partition.   To format the drive in Mac OS X:…

13 Write Protect Message from a Flash Drive in Windows

Why does Windows return a "Write Protect" messsage when trying to use a USB flash drive?      A write protect error message may possibly show on a flash drive connected to a Windows operating system when trying to add additional data to the…

14 Formatting Large Capacity Flash Drives

How can a 64GB flash drive be formatted to FAT32? For 32GB or larger drives, USB or internal, the preferred format for Windows systems is NTFS. In some cases it may be desirable to format the unit to FAT32. Some of the limitations of doing this for Windows…

15 Password Protection Software

Can I password protect my Flash Drive when I transfer sensitive material between PCs? Yes. Some flash drives are shipped with password protection software to protect your files from accidental erasure or unauthorized access. If this software was originally…

16 USB Flash Drive Connection

What should I do after I insert my Flash Drive into the USB port?     As soon as a flash drive is connected to the USB port, the operating system will recognize and initialize the device. Afterwards, the drive will appear as an additional storage…

17 Flash Memory Total Capacity

When a flash drive or flash card is viewed with Windows Explorer, the capacity is less than the advertised capacity. For example, an 8GB flash drive may show 7.44GB when formatted with no data on the device. This condition is normal and may apply to USB flash…

18 Power for Flash Drives

Do Flash Devices require power to work? Yes, all Flash Drives do require power to read from or write to a memory cell. Your computer's USB connector interface can supply bidirectional data and low power to the device connected to it. The USB 2.0 and USB 3.0…

19 Encrypting Contents of a Flash Drive

How can data be encrypted on a flash drive? There are several flash drives offered with hardware encryption on the device. Hardware encryption is incorporated into the Secure Plus and the IronKey and Defender families of products. Software encryption was…







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