4 Tips for buying USB Flash Drive
You need to be aware of this. Because in many cases, a lot of people want to save money, so they buy the unidentified USB drives, and end up make their computers damaged.
You need to choose a well-known brand, and more important, you have to make sure that you bought a first-hand USB drive. This is extremely important, because there are some unscrupulous shop owners sell the damaged USB drives in the market. What’s worse, you might get your computer invaded by the unidentified virus hiding inside those USB drives.
The Damage of USB Flash Drives
This is a common problem for many users. Generally, the damage of USB drives is often due to the improper use and wrong maintenance.
If you want to keep your USB drive healthy, you have to use it in the right way.
First of all, many people have a bad habit that after they use the USB drives, they just pluck them out. This is really harmful to the drives. The right steps should be: click the bottom “Remove the external drive”, and wait for the signal. Once you see the signal, you can finally remove your USB drives.
As for the maintenance of USB drives, you just have to remember, don’t hurl, soak, bask, and don’t put them in the high-temperature environment. If you can follow all of these steps, you will be able to keep your USB drives healthy.
Describe it briefly, USB formatting means to reset your USB drive. Here’s a piece of the information from Wikipedia:
“Disk formatting is the process of preparing a hard disk or other storage medium for use, including setting up an empty file system.”
(informationquoted from：https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_formatting Wikipedia - Disk Formatting)
More specifically, it doesn’t mean to clean up all the things. It’s actually more like sealing everything in the drive. If you enforce the formatting process, all the viruses will be sealed at the same time. And it is possible for you to get back your documents in the USB drive before, because you just “seal” them instead of “delete” them. You can go to the drive doctors, or use the drive repair software to fix it yourself.
USB Drives be invaded by Virus
There are a variety of drive viruses flooded across the Internet these days. Once your USB drive got infected, the viruses will hide inside the drive, and then wait for the time you insert it into your computer. That moment you do that, the viruses will immediately invade into your computer. One of the possible solution is to shut down the “auto-run” function of the computer, so that when you insert the infected USB drive, it won’t automatically start to run.
As for the invaded USB drive, you need to enforce the USB Formatting process. Simply put, this will clean up all the things in the USB drive, including both the viruses and your documents.
Till then, if you still want to get back your documents, you need the assistance of a drive doctor. A drive doctor can more possibly help you repair your damaged USB drives.
Why Should We Prevent USB Drive From Virus?
Plug USB drive into the computer, the computer immediately display the flash drive poisoning warning message… almost everyone has this experience before.
Since flash drives are used in universal, flash disk virus seems to be usual, and even think that USB drive is invaded by virus will not cause any impact on the operation of the computer and is not a big deal. If you feel so, then you are totally wrong!
In fact, USB drives are typically removable and rewritable, so they often operate between different computers. Like the disease which is spread through mosquito and endless, this is one of big reason that viruses can spread to other computers through USB drive.
If we don’t care about that, our personal data or computers might be in danger of stealing or damaged.
How to Remove Virus From USB Flash Drive?
The reason why the flash drive will be invaded by virus, it is because we use the flash drive in the computer which has virus and the virus replicate into the USB drive.
For example, in the Windows operating system default, when you plug the USB drive into the computer, it will automatically execute autorun.inf program. However, if your flash drive has virus, the virus let autorun.inf connect to the location of the virus executable file. Therefore, if there is no prior prevention, the computer immediately is invaded by virus.
Create a new notepad in the root folder of flash drive disk, and name it as “autorun.inf”. It will prevent viruses attack the USB flash drive from poisoned computer because the viruses cannot establish the same file name at root folder (the rule of name). And, don’t forget to set the attributes of “autorun.inf” to be Read-only and Hidden!
What is the Chinese Name of USB Flash Drive?
According to different regions, countries, and cultural background, the Chinese name of the USB flash drive will be different.
In Taiwan, the pen drive is usually called “隨身碟”〔 Suíshēn dié〕. The word, "隨身 “, emphasizes the convenience of portable. And “碟”means hard disk in English.
In Hong Kong, it is called “USB手指” 〔 USB shǒuzhǐ〕. The word, ”手指 “ , means finger in English. And it’s to describe the shape of the USB flash drive.
In China, USB flash drive is known as “U盤”〔 U pán〕. “U盤” is short for “USB 盤”. The word, “盤” , has the meaning of hard disk in China.
That’s interesting, right? Remember to use different vocabulary in different places, you can make people easier understand what you mean, and feel your “professional”.
What USB Type-A, USB Type-B, and USB Type-C really are?
What is USB Type-C?
According to the shape of USB port, they can be divided into Type-A, Type-B and Type-C these three categories. Type-A, Type-B are subdivided into Type, Mini, and Micro three types, as well as USB 3.0 Type -B and USB 3.0 Micro-B.
▲USB port types (References Source：手機王)
While the USB 3.1 standard Type-C connector for the latest release in 2014. USB 3.1 is a newest version of the transmission specification (the larger the number means the higher the USB version), can be more high-speed transmit and receive data, intelligent power management, longer life and more resistance.
The last but not least, the form of USB Type-C connector has a big improvement that you don’t need to make sure twice before plug it anymore! Compare to USB 1 to USB 2 and till to modern USB 3 devices, USB Type-C can plug not only in one way. This is very friendly to users, isn’t it?
What is the benefit of using USB Type-C?
In addition to the USB Type-C connector can accept two-ways plugging, the other advantage is that it is thin enough, small enough; this feature let product design can be more diversified and creative.
What's the difference between USB 3.0 and USB 2.0?
As yet, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 are widely used in our life, such as computer, laptop… that we often use. But, do you know what the difference between USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 is? Here are three key points to tell you.
1. High-speed transmission
Due to the design flaw, the actual data transfer rate of USB 2.0 is only about 30MB / s or less. Compare to the USB 2.0, whether theoretical or practical of the data transfer speed, USB 3.0 has huge improvement. In theory, the USB 3.0 transfer rate of 5Gbps is USB 2.0 high-speed mode 480Mbps 10 times faster. Perhaps this saying might make you difficult to feel the speed difference between them, it is better to show the data of transmission time-consuming table to understand!
(This table is reproduced from T客邦)
2. Full-Duplex Transmission and synchronization
USB 3.0 might make a new generation of PC interface to replace USB 2.0; the function has a considerable leap forward. In addition to the transmission speed, the Full-Duplex transmission is one of the important innovations of USB 3.0. In the design of the five lines, two for transmitting data, two for receiving, and the other as ground wire, so USB 3.0 can transmit and receive data at the same time through independent wires.
3. High-speed but low energy consumption
Another big improvement of USB 3.0 is power management. With the power management design, even executes high-speed data transmission, it will not increase power consumption. On the contrary, because of significant reduction in transmission time, the average energy consumption of USB 3.0 is much less than USB 2.0.
All in all, time is money, USB 3.0 interface must be the trend in the days to come. Understanding your needs and finding out the right way is the most important thing to maximize the benefits.
Why USB 3.0 flash drive cannot be faster?
With the progress of technology, USB 3.0 flash drive prices have become friendlier to us. Many people will be willing to spend some money to buy more efficient USB 3.0 devices to save time and enjoy the pleasure of high-speed. I believe that some friends will have a similar question: Why USB 3.0 flash drive cannot be faster?
Except that you too lucky buy the defective products, most of the reasons cause problems is not because of USB 3.0 flash drive itself, it′s using way.
Using the USB 3.0 USB flash drive into the USB 3.0 interface can represent its original strengths--- high-speed transmission! If you plug into USB 2.0 port, the USB 3.0 drive still can work because the USB 3.0 flash drive is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1, but the transfer speed will be slow down. In other words, USB 2.0 flash drive can also be perfectly compatible with USB 3.0 interface.
Summary: USB backward compatibility makes the apply range of USB devices can be more widely. However, it should be noted that only when the USB device and interface (wire) both are USB 3.0 specifications, can display SuperSpeed performance!
How to Choose an Appropriate OTG USB Flash Drive?
With the our dependence and deepened using on smart phones, many related devices also become hot by rising, such as this year's most popular keywords: USB OTG (On The Go) is a notable example.
In short, the convenience of OTG flash drive is that you can directly transmit and receive data within OTG flash drive and smart phone but without USB cable.
How to choose an appropriate OTG USB flash drive?
You can refer to the following points:
1. Make sure that your smartphone supports OTG devices
This is the first and most important step.
If the smartphone does not support to use OTG device, everything just be in vain. How to check that the phone supports this feature? In fact, no need to worry too much! At present, most of the smart phone can support external USB storage device.
2. Understand your mobile operating system
Common mobile operating systems are Android (Google) and iOS (Apple). Each one has its suitable OTG flash drive, so before you buy it, find out your mobile operating system first! Do not buy the wrong one!
3. Refer to your usage habits to choose appropriate one
If you usually download and watch movies with your phone or regularly use smartphone to take pictures, OTG USB flash drive will be a good partner with your smart phone. But, if you are a mobile phone shell user, you have better to care about the design of the OTG flash disk. Check it whether be easily blocked by the phone shell or not, if it’s difficult to plug into phone, it means that you need to take off the phone shell before using OTG USB flash drive every time.
How to Deal with USB Pen Drive which might be Invaded By Virus?
First of all, recommend everyone that we should make a good habit of files and folders management. Please remember: Don’t put files in the root folder of the USB pen drive disk directly. Files should always be in a folder.
Therefore, if some suspicious files exist in the root folder, it is easy to determine which the virus files are.
In addition, you can also use anti-virus software for scanning virus and remove or quarantine the virus. If the virus cannot be successfully removed or quarantined, we can back up the data of the flash drive to your computer and then format the USB drive.
What are the Symptoms of USB Key is Invaded By Virus?
1. Cannot open the USB drive disk
When the USB key is invaded by virus, the biggest problem that we cannot ignore is the disk cannot be open/read. And the virus will create its Autorun.inf and programs in the root folder of the disk, if you click the drive disk, the Autorun.inf will automatically play and start the virus program!
2. Program error alerts
Usually, if the computer system has any problem, it will warn us about the error or information. Please do not ignore and close the notification for fear that we might miss the opportunity to deal with the virus and save data earlier.
3. Inexplicable files / folders
Do a good job of files and folders management in the usually. Please do not put the file directly in the root folder of USB flash drive. Once the suspicious files or folders exist in the root folder, it is easy to determine which is created by the virus.
4. USB virus is rampant in the computer
Beside of creating USB virus program in the root folder of the disk, the virus also might create relevant files or programs in the system disk. Do not just clean up the root folder of the flash drive disk, but also clean up the system folders. Kill the virus completely.
The Files in the Pen Drive are disappearing! How to find them out? (Win 10)
Some pen drive virus spread principle is let your original folder in the flash drive hide, and then create a new folder "shortcut" which has the same file name. Therefore, if you click this shortcut, it will open and execute the “.exe” file which has virus inside. (Shortcut >> virus .exe file >> attacked by the virus)
Therefore, in addition to being vigilance all the time, do not open the inexplicable shortcuts or files. In here, we want to share some simple way with you that how to find out the hidden flash disk files.
Step 1. To make all the files visible
Open the flash drive position → select "view" → layout configuration select "details" → show / hide check "Hidden items" → you can see all the files.
Next, you can delete all the files or shortcuts which are suspicious.
Step 2. Recover the hidden files
The hidden files caused by poisoning usually cannot directly make them unhide in the general method (point file → right key → content → cancel "hidden" check).
Therefore, at this moment, you need to use the Command Prompt!
Type ”E:” in the Command Prompt
and then press ”Enter”. (※ You should check where your removable disk first, in my case, my removable disk is “E:”.)
You will notice that the blinking line will go down and display “E:\”
Type in ”attrib –s –r –h * /S /D”
The blinking line will go down again.
Go to your drive, and see your all of the hidden files become visible now.
Formatting USB drive with a Simple Way
If you want to return the USB flash drive to the initial state, it is called "format".
How to format your flash drive? In fact, the method is very simple. Press the "right" button of mouse to USB drive, you can see the as long as the thumb drive drive icon press the "right" button, you can see the "format" button in its menu.
Press the "Start" button to start formatting!
How to Rename your Flash Drive Easily?
You must have encountered such this problem: Cannot find the location of your flash drive! Especially when you use the computer to read more than two flash drives at the same time. (F:), (G:), (H:) ... because the computer system gives the number to be disk code randomly. To find the specific flash drive location must have to cost some time.
At this time, take some time to rename your own flash drive; you can be once and for all!
In fact, the method is very easy. Point the icon of the flash drive which you want to rename and click the "right" button of mouse. And select the list of "rename" can immediately modify the name.
Enter the name that you want and then press "Enter".
You Should Know the Way to Change Flash Drive Icon!
The way to change flash drive disk icon and rename it at the same time!
First of all, put the new icon file directly into the root file of the flash drive. And create a new notepad file in the same place. Please name the notepad file as "autorun.inf".
Then paste the following into the file:
icon = XXX.ico (file name)
label = XXXX (disk name)
Save the file, exit the flash drive and then restart it, you can see the new look that you are looking forward! ^^
※ If you feel the icon file and "autorun.inf" file exist in the root are eyesore, you can hide them.
How to set USB Drive to Read-Only?
Buy a flash drive which has read-only or write-protect function can reduce the chances of virus infection, it is the easiest way.
If you do not want to purchase a new one, here can show you how to set your normal USB drive to have read-only function!
Step1. Insert the flash drive into the computer USB slot
Step2. Enter command prompt (CMD)
Step3. Enter "diskpart" and press "Enter"
Step4. Enter "list disk" and press "Enter" (Find your flash drive's disk number.)
Step5. Enter "select disk 1" and press "Enter" (According to what your USB flash drive’s disk number is.)
Step6. Enter "attributes disk set readonly" and press "Enter"
Step7. Enter "exit" and press "Enter" (It will automatically close the window.)
Step8. Exit the flash drive, complete ~
To cancel the read-only setting, please repeat Step1 ~ Step8, which, Step6 input changed to "attributes disk clear readonly".
Why Is the Actual Capacity of the USB Flash Drive Less than Advertised Capacity?
The actual capacity of the USB flash drive is less than the claimed capacity because the computer is a binary operator and must reserve space for application software and data storage maintenance caused the actual capacity reducing.
In general, the normal reduction in about 10 percent, for example, the 8GB flash drive claimed capacity, its actual capacity is about 7.2GB (8GBX0.9 = 7.2GB).
Formatting USB Drive Will Be Able To Solve the Flash Drive Virus?
The format of the flash drive is intended to allow the USB flash drive to initialize, back to the beginning state. (Know more→ Xebe USB FAQ- USB Formatting)
If the USB drive is infected by virus, the virus will be isolation (seal) up through formatting and restore to the normal use of the flash drive. However, an infected flash drive usually means that the user's environment (computer) has virus, through the media (the flash drive) causing mutual infection. So if you cannot eradicate the virus in the computer and be prevented, I am afraid that it just likestries to stop water from boiling by scooping it up and pouring it back.
What is USB Worm?
The official name of the virus of USB flash drive called USB Worm, which is specifically designated that is spreading via USB flash drives. It uses the “autorun” feature of operating system in the computer to spread the malicious program.
Where are High Risk Areas of Infected USB Flash Drive Virus!
The high risks areas of the infected USB flash disk virus are somewhere like public computers in the library, the computer classrooms, the Internet cafes, the computers in the conference room, and so on. Want to reduce the risk of infected USB flash disk virus, in addition to the above-mentioned to avoid the occasion, you can regularly scan the virus your flash drive and personal computer.
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