Can I use a USB modem for data storage?

Lisa Santika Onggrid October 27, 2012

I’ve an USB Modem which I don’t use anymore. Can I use it for normal data storage? I tried to format it but it showed up as CD/DVD in My Computer. Any advice?

  1. Adam Campbell
    October 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    It depends whether or not your device has any actual internal storage. I see that you do not have any SD hardware available. It is possible that your device might have some internal memory maybe enough to just put small files on.

  2. Saurav Azad
    October 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    yes if your usb modem supports storage . place an memory card in in and use it like an usb

  3. Nikhil Chandak
    October 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    check out the steps to find an answer to ur question here :
    I think this link would give u the solution....

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Hmm, as my modem doesn't have SD slot, maybe it can't be used for storage.

      • Nikhil Chandak
        October 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

        I did not knew about ur modem ...

  4. Patrick Jackson
    October 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    You may, it depends on the dongle, as when connected, it is shown as a USB drive.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

      It shows up as an invisible, inaccessible removable disk and a CD/DVD drive.

      • Patrick Jackson
        October 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

        Then, hard luck. I've seen in your reply below that your modem doesn't have a SD card slot, then there is no option left than asking your service provider if they have the newer models of their modem, which may have such feature or just switch to another service provider which allows it! :)

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          October 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

          Yeah, I see.
          I was just thinking to give that unused device some new life. Any idea to repurpose it?

        • Patrick Jackson
          October 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

          It is up to you!

  5. Dino Pearsons
    October 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    It depends on the model of the modem, really. Some of them even have microSD card slots you could use for data storage.

    For instance, I have two USB modems, and both of them have ROM partitions that cannot be formatted and used for data storage.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Oh, I see. It's a Huawei, but I've lost the box so I don't know the version number.

  6. ha14
    October 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

    at command prompt under administrative rights
    list disk
    Select disk number (your usb key)
    detail disk
    Select disk number (your usb key)
    create partition primary
    select partition number (your usb key)
    format fs=fat32 (or you can choose fs=NTFS)
    or at command prompt
    chkdsk /f X: (x your usb letter)

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Unfortunately, list disk only shows me my hard disks. Any idea?

      • ha14
        October 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

        well if windows do not recognize it as USB hard drive, try on linux. The reason of non recognition can be frpm the device hardware itself not manufactured to be also usb hard drive (file system missing in USB).

        USB modem

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