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USB Flash Drives
What is USB3.1 and USB Type-C?
USB 3.1 is a new standard defined by USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum).
- USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed): merely a renaming of USB 3.0 (theoretical bandwidth of up to 5Gbit/s)
- USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeedPlus): an impact on the transfer speeds (double the theoretical bandwidth of up to 10Gbit/s)
(1) USB Type-C is a new connector type introduced by USB-IF in the USB Type-C Specification 1.0.
(2) The Type-C connector is a reversible plug-and-play connector for USB devices.
(3) USB Type-C can be applied to the host device, the USB device and cables.
- Please refer to the below connector table to check the USB port of your platform.
For further confirmation, please check the specifications of your host device or seek for the technical support from your host device manufacturer.
- Yes, you can upgrade your device to USB3.1 Gen1 / Gen2 by an supported add-on card.
- No, USB 3.1 is the USB specification, whereas Type-C is merely a USB connector type.
- There are three types of connectors that comply with USB 3.1, including Type-A (Standard-A), Type-B (Standard-B / Micro-B) and Type-C. Please refer to the below connector table for more information.
Why is the actual storage capacity of the product slightly less than the volume written on the product specification?
Hard drive manufacturers calculate a megabyte (or 1,000x1,000 bytes) as 1,000KBs, when in fact the correct calculation is 1,024KBs. So, for a 8GB storage device, Windows will calculate it as having a capacity around 7.2GB.
Why can't I transfer a 4GB or larger file to my USB flash drive or memory card?
SOLUTION 1 - Format in exFAT
exFAT file system that allows a single file larger than 4GB to be stored on the device. This file system is also compatible with Mac.
Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6.6 and higher are compatible with exFAT out of the box. Older operating systems may need a patch installed for exFAT compatibility.
1. Double-click on My Computer.
2. Right-click on the flash drive or memory card, then select Format.
3. In the File System list, click exFAT.
4. Click Start.
5. Click OK to start formatting.
SOLUTION 2 - Format in NTFS
Formatting the device as NTFS will make it unwriteable on a Mac computer. Most Mac computers can read NTFS, but not write.
NTFS is a journaled file system, this creates more read/write activities. Therefore, it MAY decrease life expectancy of your device.
Once the device is formatted as NTFS, you MUST use "Safely Remove Hardware" to remove your device.
1. Plug in the device to the PC.
2. Open The Computer Management Console
a) Windows 8
b) Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
3. On the Left side select Device Manager
4. On the right side expand Disk Drives
5. Right-click on the flash drive, then select Properties.
6. Click the Policy tab.
7. Select Optimize for performance, then click OK.
1. Double-click My Computer.
2. Right-click on the flash drive, then select Format.
3. In the File system list, click NTFS.
4. Click Start.
5. Click OK to start formatting.
How do I fix a Write Protect error?
Why can't my USB drive be recognized by TVs, DVD players or car audio systems?
-Desktops or laptops with working USB Ports
-Microsoft Windows 2000
-Microsoft Windows XP
-Microsoft Windows Vista
-Microsoft Windows 7
-Microsoft Windows 8
-Mac OS 9.0 or later
-Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or later
We cannot guarantee normal function of USB drive on non-computer environments. Some devices might not accept NTFS file system, so you may want to check with your media device manufacturer for more information and further support.
How to remove computer viruses from my USB drive?
Right click on the removable storage device in "My Computer", select "Format," and then click the "Start" button. After the formatting process is completed, please disconnect and then reconnect your USB drive to restore it's functionality.
How to prevent files from being damaged or lost from the USB drive?
Connecting your USB drive to the rear USB ports of your computer. Try to avoid using an USB hub or an extension cable.
Do not use several USB devices at the same time to avoid any possibility of insufficient power supply.
Making sure that you execute the "Safely Remove Hardware" option before disconnecting the USB drive from your computer.
Why will I get an error message, "Confirm Stream Loss," when data is written to my USB drive?
Note: "Thumbs.db" is a hidden file. To display this file in Windows, please go to "Tool" > "Folder Options" > "View." Under "Hidden files and folders," select "Show hidden files and folders."
Why can my USB Drive work on other computers, but not mine?
If you had previously installed any USB driver for other device, please remove it first. Have your computer entered safe mode before removing all the unknown devices (Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus Controllers). Restart your computer in normal mode, and then reconnect the USB drive.
If the above steps cannot solve your problem, please upgrade the BIOS settings, and make sure that the USB setting is enabled. Please follow the procedures: enter BIOS > Load Optimized Defaults [Y] > Integrated Peripherals > USB Legacy support [Enable] > Save & Exit Setup [Y].
Reinstall the USB driver on your computer motherboard.
Update the BIOS for your motherboard.
When can I safely remove the USB drive from my computer?
Never remove the USB from a computer when its LED is flashing. A flashing LED signifies that data is still being transferred. Removing the USB during data transmission may cause data loss and/or USB damage. Select the JetFlash hardware icon on the system tray to safely remove your USB.