Is there any file managers that come with their own USB driver?


  1. Posts : 31
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       #1

    Is there any file managers that come with their own USB driver?


    Hi!

    Are there any file managers that work with win 10 that have their own independent driver? The idea would be to read and write USB drive independently of what windows thinks of it. For example if win 10 mounts usb device with read only access due to reasons and I cant change that but I can load my own drivers if needed. Is there any file manager apps/programs that have their own device drivers that are thus able bypass windows mechanisms. Currently I am specifically interested in finding out if such applications exist at all, not how to "fix" windows itself.
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  2. Posts : 1,249
    Windows 10 Pro
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    I don't know of anything like that and wouldn't expect to find one.
    Typically the driver will mount the device as read only because the it identified itself as such. USB drives like all other know nothing of files, folders, file systems or partitions. All they know about is reading and writing blocks of data and knowing nothing of what the contents might mean. The driver communicates with the drive by sending requests over the serial bus. That is how the driver would learn of the drives read only status. The driver has no other method of verifying this. Of course the driver could ignore the read only status and attempt to write to it anyway. This would only result in the request being refused.

    In some cases the internal drive software will detect an internal error and put the drive in a special read only mode to protect existing data. Typically this is not reversable. It might be by some drive specific method but doing is likely to corrupt existing data and would in any event be unreliable. This is a special read only mode and quite independent of the normal read only mode which is controllable.

    I wouldn't spend much time on a troublesome drive. Better to replace the drive than wonder if data written to it will be later readable.
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  3. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    No, the problem isnt the device. The divice actually supports write operations. The actual problem is that I have computer where I do have admin rights which means I can load drivers. But lets simply say that it's current kernel mode driver is modified/configured to prevent writing data to usb storage if it is not encrypted. I cant modify the current driver but I can load new driver.
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  4. Posts : 11,203
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Hi there

    why not install any Live Linux distro on a USB stick -- then simply boot that (or create a Linux VM with SAMBA) -- there's a load of excellent file managers on Linux -- any linux distro can also handle ntfs for read / write (ensure package ntfs-3g is installed) and also why not ensure the partition manager (gparted) is also installed --makes an excellent repair tool as well.

    Most Linux GUI's these days are almost "More Windows than windows" so with a live distro you wouldn't have any problem with the file manager -- and also you don't get into "Windows admin rights" for file access problems either.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5. Posts : 11,585
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
       #5

    MakeW10Great said:
    it's current kernel mode driver is modified/configured to prevent writing data to usb storage if it is not encrypted.
    Please explain the circumstances.

    Denis
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