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Why Doesn't Windows 7 Allow Us to Format a USB Thumb Drive as Bootable?

Q: Why Doesn't Windows 7 Allow Us to Format a USB Thumb Drive as Bootable?

Why doesn't Windows 7 allow us to format a USB thumb drive as bootable?  There's a Format Option to "Create an MS-DOS startup disk" on the format dialog box, but there's no way to select it with a USB thumb drive as the target.  I assume that option would be available for things like floppies (if anyone had those any more).  I spent most of yesterday scouring the web for a way to do this.  The last time I did it, I used HP's old USB Disk Storage Format Tool.  But, it looks like they've removed it from their site (I do have a copy of it, I'm just mentioning that it's been removed).  Anyway, what's the problem with giving us this option within the format tool included with the OS?

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A: Why Doesn't Windows 7 Allow Us to Format a USB Thumb Drive as Bootable?

Because now we could simply boot to Win PE from USB flash drives, we do not need to make MS-DOS on USB drives. We can only put Win PE on the flash drive. When boot, choose to boot from USB device and you will boot in WinPE.
Walkthrough: Create a Bootable Windows PE RAM Disk on a USB Flash Disk Arthur Xie - MSFT

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I have a bootable windows installation Thumb Drive. Can Macrium make a backup of this thumb drive so in the event of this thumb drive going faulty, I could make another Thumb drive with the backup image.

A:Can Macruim Reflect make a backup of Bootable windows Thumb drive

Originally Posted by sam9

I have a bootable windows installation Thumb Drive. Can Macrium make a backup of this thumb drive so in the event of this thumb drive going faulty, I could make another Thumb drive with the backup image.

Why not just save the media from which you created the current one?

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Alright, so I have this thumb drive that I got at the beginning of the semestser but didn't really have any use for until now, I plug it into my computer and Windows says the capacity is 250MB... clearly printed on the side is 8GB. Now, I assume that it's just an error since I hadn't even used it yet and just had to go format the thing So I go into "Disk Management" and lo and behold, there's my missing storage space: 7.21GB of unallocated data.... but there's a problem:

I cannot make a new partition in this unallocated data (the options are greyed out) and I also can't delete or extend the current partition that I have (the options are greyed out). I've never run into a problem like this before and Windows doesn't give me any sort of error for why I can't do it, it's just.. not an option.

A:Cannot format USB thumb drive (Windows 7)

The windows tools are very limited regarding flash disks, because Windows tries to treat them as super-sized floppies which could never be partitioned. The Command line tools are somewhat better (named Diskpart).
I would suggest the following sequence. If uncomfortable look into alternative GUI partitioning tools. Be very careful. And copy any data off the flash first, it will be lost.

Press Windows + R
Type Diskpart. Give confirmation if required.
Type List Disk.
Identify the disk that represents your Flash disk.
(Make sure that you don't for example choose your hard disk by mistake!)
Type Select Disk Disk# (where disk# is the disk you identified)
Type Clean
Type Create Partition Primary
Type List Volume
(Identify the newly created partition. It won't have a letter by it.)
Type Select Volume volume#
Type Assign letter=F (or any other available letter)
Type Exit

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I have a thumb drive that i formatted on my new laptop that has Windows XP. ANd i am trying to copies files from my old laptop and desktop that are using Windows. I can add files to my thumb drive on my Windows 7 laptop but when i try and use the thumb drive on any computer that has Windows XP is says the drive needs to be formatted and when i click format (on the windows XP computer) it says can't that i dont have permission. How can i format that drive so that i can use it on both operating systems?

A:Format Thumb Drive that is accessible on Windows XP

As long as you are formatting it using NTFS, you shouldn't be running into this.

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Would prefer to format the flash 3.0 drive as NTFS but there are considerations for my usage.

These mainly have to do with putting backup images of the entire pc on the thumb drive. So the pc would have to be booted from the usb flash in the event of a restore. Would be using the Acronis disk to do so, but:

a) how can the thumb drive even be recognized with it being run via a pci card combined with its driver loaded for Windows XP (which is to say, before XP is restored) and aside from this...

b) is it possible to boot from a usb 3.0 port, to mount an image? Can it be NTFS or should it be exFat (exFat in itself would require a patch to run from Windows, yet XP again would only be present after the restore)

Whenever I've done a restore I've booted from an image on the hard drive from the Acronis disk, no problem.

A:Thumb Drive Format - NTFS vs exFat & XP/Windows

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I have this 2.0 gb thumb drive that was given to me. How can I tell if it's bootable or not. It does not have a brand name on it.

A:bootable thumb drive

I don't know that a drive is "automatically" bootable or not, but you can make one bootable.

Making a bootable thumb drive ~ http://www.trekstorusa.com/downloads/bootdisk.pdf

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I'm making a bootable thumb drive with all the best recovery and testing tools I can think of. Problem is I cant think of any other tools to put on it.

So far I have Hiren's boot cd, ubcd, ubcd4win, XP install disk image (dunno if the xp works yet), clonezilla, ubuntu, and orphcrack.

Anyone else have any ideas on other disks I should put on there or favorite tools?

A:Bootable Thumb Drive

What about Win7?

- [email protected] File Recovery Software & Web Service. Data Recovery for Windows XP 2003 2000 98 .... Also their partition recovery software is brillaint.
- Useful batch files and scripts that you may have
- oxid.it - Cain & Abel
- PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB drives.
- A packet tracer
- A Hex editor
- NFO reader

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I always get windows boot manager error no matter what i do. Even if i set my microsoft bootable drive it still goes to windows boot manager error. I also tried removing any external devices even changed the flash drive i use for bootable drive but it
still doesn't work. The only time bootable drive works was when i remove the hdd. I can't access F8 no matter what so ican't access safe mode and cmd.

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I have a laptop with the hard drive no longer working in it. So I wanted to install XP Pro to a 32GB USB drive and run it off that. But I can find nothing on how to do this. I have tried USB_Multiboot10, And Followed the instructions. But when I get to the last part of actually INSTALLING to a partition..It says "Setup cannot create the folder \WINDOWS" I even tried making the folder myself. Turning off read only Etc. Making different folders..And trying those and still have the same problem...Then I tried reformatting the Thumb Drive in Window Setup At the blue screen. Because it shows up as a partition at 32GB. That was going well. It was transferring the setup files. Then..Once it reboots and I have it start from the Thumb Drive It goes to the XP load screen..Then it loads for about 3 seconds then it gives me the 0x7B BlueScreen. I have tried everything...Disabling the main hard drive in the BIOS...Making the USB drive the MAIN partition..But no matter what it still throws the BSOD ..Any ideas on how to fix this? Or maybe another method? Thanks.

A:Bootable Thumb Drive, XP Pro Problem.

Give it up I have never seen that work successfully.

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I am trying to make a USB thumb drive bootable for Ghost sessions.
To date I have been unable to achieve this can anyone help.
The systems are USB bootable.


A:USB Thumb drive making it bootable

You need to know what the BIOS expects to see emulated (floppy,Hard disk, etc). Most common is floppy. Treat the USB drive as if it was a big floppy disk and use the appropriate formatting and transfer the system files with SYS.COM

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Hello BC,

I was recently given a thumb drive with some very important software on it. It is bootable, and it appears to be booting into Windows (it says "Windows is loading setup files" or whatever the message is) but the interface that it actually gives me looks more like a Linux-based desktop.

Anyway, I made an image of the drive using a freeware utility called USB Image Tool 1.51. It saved it in IMG format. I wanted to put the image onto another flash drive (the exact same model and disk size) as a backup, so I wrote the image to the new, empty flash drive. It put the files on there, but apparently not the boot information. It bypasses the drive altogether when I boot it up (and I have the BIOS set to look for USB devices during bootup). I was always under the impression that an image contained EVERYTHING on a drive -- boot sector and all. Is this not the case?

Anyway, someone told me to pull the MBR from a floppy disk and put that on the flash drive. I did that, and it just hangs with a blinking cursor, so I zeroed it out again.

Any suggestions on how I get the drive to boot up like the other one does?

If it helps, the drive contains a folder called BOOT and it includes these files:

Any input at all is appreciated.


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I just recently bought a new motherboard (old one died), and didn't realize that it had no IDE port on it for easy Win7 re-installation (my only available dvd drive is still IDE). After trying to find a friend with one, I ended up trying to make a bootable thumb drive using the Windows 7 bootable USB drive utility and my father's computer, and every single time I've tried to do it, it gives an error right at the end about bootsect.exe saying it isn't bootable. Any suggestions?

Asus P5QL-VM, Intel Core 2 Duo q9300, 4gb (2x2gb) ram, seagate SATA hard drive of some sort, GEForce 9800GTX+ gpu.

A:Unable to make thumb drive bootable

Quote: Originally Posted by Kaljaen

I just recently bought a new motherboard (old one died), and didn't realize that it had no IDE port on it for easy Win7 re-installation (my only available dvd drive is still IDE). After trying to find a friend with one, I ended up trying to make a bootable thumb drive using the Windows 7 bootable USB drive utility and my father's computer, and every single time I've tried to do it, it gives an error right at the end about bootsect.exe saying it isn't bootable. Any suggestions?

Asus P5QL-VM, Intel Core 2 Duo q9300, 4gb (2x2gb) ram, seagate SATA hard drive of some sort, GEForce 9800GTX+ gpu.

Hi Kaliaen,
Assuming that you already formatted your flash drive, it is set as "active",
you'll need to use either powerISO or similar program for copying boot files or use the bootsect utility that comes on the Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable.
Open command promt:
Insert your Windows 7 DVD into your drive.
Change directory to the DVD?s boot directory where bootsect lives:
cd d:\boot
Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Win 7 image. I?m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
bootsect /nt60 g:
The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you?ve copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go.
Never had an issue using this method.
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Hello, I am having issues booting to a bootable usb thumb drive or DVD on my HP Notebook 15-ay009dx. It has Windows 10 on it, although I'm not sure if it's 32 or 64 bit. I have long forgotten the password to the main account on this computer, so I am trying to use Trinity Rescue Kit to reset the password of the main account. I have gone into BIOS and disabled Secure Boot and enabled Legacy Boot mode, saved the changes, and exited. After rebooting and pressing F9 to go into the Boot Device Options menu, the only bootable options I see are OS Boot Manager (UEFI) and Boot from EFI File. I pressed F10 to go back into BIOS. and I see that Secure Boot is enabled and Legacy Support is disabled all over again! I quickly re-disabled Secure Boot and re-enabled Legacy support, saved the changes, rebooted, and the same problem is still happening! When I check back in BIOS, the settings for Secure Boot and Legacy Support are back to what they originally were again. After performing some research, I read that you should be prompted for some 4-digit number after disabling Secure Boot, but I did not get prompted to do so. At a loss, I went to the Security tab in BIOS and tried the Restore Security Settings to Factory Defaults and was prompted to enter in a 4-digit number, but I don't see anywhere to type in the given numbers. I've tried pressing the keys anyways and pressing Enter, but nothing happens. I can only press ESC to exit the Security Feature Reset Request window... Read more

A:Trouble booting to USB thumb drive or bootable DVD on built-...

I managed to resolve this issue. I am now able to boot to TRK on DVD. Thank you all regardless.

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I've just brought a brand new USB 32GB thumb drive (it was working at that moment), so I decided to format the drive to NTFS, but it takes ages (3 to 4 hours for 10% )and still haven't finish the formating.....so I aborted the format and use HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool to format it, but it keep saying that the USB thumb drive is having the write-protected on (in fact, it doesn't have the write-protect lock button at all)......so now I can't format (unable to complete the format) or use the drive at all.....also, if I use the format provided by Windows (right-click at the drive and choose "format") it will give me an error at the end......

Please help!!! SO MANY THANKS!!!

It is a OEM product, the chip is a Samsumg chip. And I bought it on ebay.

A:Can't format the USB Thumb drive

If you have a Windows Install CD you can boot with it and tell it to delete all the partitions without having to use DOS. (I use a WinXP cd), I did the same thing once with a 4gb flash drive.

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Need to format new thumb drive  - 

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Just bought an 8GB USB flash drive primarily to load music for my car. Is it necessary to format it (FAT32 or other), or can I just drag and drop folders and songs?
Also, if I decide to add data files (Excel spreads, Word dox, etc.), do I need to partition it somehow so that my car stereo does not get confused? If so, how?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 5 (OC'd to 3.7Ghz)
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 6142 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series , 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953762 MB, Free - 910998 MB; E: Total - 1907726 MB, Free - 1678442 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., X58A-UD3R, x.x,
Antivirus: Trend Micro AntiVirus, Updated and Enabled

A:Necessary to format new USB thumb drive?

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I purchased a 16GB SanDisk Cruzer thumb drive yesterday.

I decided to format this morning to get rid of the bloat on it, but I've been sitting here for a least 30 mins and it's still going.

How long does this process usually take for 16GB thumb drive?

A:How long does it take to format a 16GB thumb drive?

Not a half hour.

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Hi all,

I have a problem with my Kingston thumb drive which is unable to format, Windows kept telling me that it was unable to complete the format. I had try low-level format but to no avail. The only thing that I can do is format it to exFAT. exFAT format seems to be working just fine and I am wondering what is wrong with it. Can anyone clarify the problem and guide me to the solution?

Model: DT 101 II
Controller Vendor: Skymedi
Controller Part-Number: SK6211BA

Thank you.

A:Kingston thumb drive unable to format

Try the HP USB format tool:


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The USB thumb drive will not format for me, I have tried the traditional avenues of right-clicking on the drive and selecting format, but it fails within seconds. I have tried using diskpart but when I type list disk I find disk 1 but it shows No Media. So I rebooted my machine and now when I do list disk I now see a status of online with a size of 500GB, but diskpart is still showing 0B free. I am trying a Clean all command to see where it takes me. I finally got a response from the Clean All command, Diskpart has encountered an error: The semaphore timeout period expired. See the System Event Log for more information. Any ideas of what I can try to get around this error would be greatly appreciated.

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I have a Patriot Exporter 4 gig flash drive any someone by accidently
pulled out my thumd drive without properly edjecting it.

My files were corrupted luckly I back it up before. I have both a Mac
and PC.
My mac the drive doesn't show up. In Windows it gives my errors popups.

I try to format it but there is a message saying the files are write

If I mount it on Windows it just want to reformat it.

My friend has this happen to his flash drive it was another company
called Seagate it comes with a disc in it there is a utility to fix it.

How do I fix this problem. This problem render my flash drive unuseable.

A:Thumb drive corrupted unable to re-format

Try formatting it in Disk Management.

Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management.

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I have a Kingston 4GB DataTraveler which has stopped responding. If you try to open it in Windows, a message says:
"Please insert a disk in Drive (drive letter)"

in Ubuntu linux, the message is:
"Unable to mount location"
"No media in the drive"

If I try to format it in Windows, a message says:
"There is no disk in Drive (drive letter)"
"Insert a disk, then try again"

Any ideas about what the problem is? TIA

A:USB thumb drive doesn't respond

Well, on the one hand i've seen this problem occur before when Windows got confused about the USB thumb device and other (old) USB device install data. BUT in your case since you see the same error in both Windows and Ubuntu i suspect the thumb drive itself has failed.

Still, if you want to try cleaning up all the USB installation data on your PC under Windows see this post for How to use the DriveCleanupTool (it may not help but can't hurt either)

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I have a Kingston 4GB DataTraveler which has stopped responding. If you try to open it in Windows, a message says:
"Please insert a disk in Drive (drive letter)"

in Ubuntu linux, the message is:
"Unable to mount location"
"No media in the drive"

If I try to format it in Windows, a message says:
"There is no disk in Drive (drive letter)"
"Insert a disk, then try again"

Any ideas about what the problem is? TIA

A:USB thumb drive doesn't respond

Flash drives, like hard disks, have two major components, a storage component and a controller component. A hard disk has platters and the hardware that run it and the stylus that reads it. Then there is the logic board, the circuit board on the bottom of the hard disk that controls the reading and writing of the disk

A flash drive has a memory chip and a controller chip. Most likely, the controller chip in your flash drive has gone south. If that is the case, your flash drive is now as permanently unreadable as a hard disk without a logic board.

The data may be recoverable but at great cost, usually $500 and up.

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turn on computer,connect thumb drive. works perfectly.remove thumb drive,reinstall ,computer does not read. go to device mgr,usb cntrls,usb mass storage device is yellow.click trblshoot and get: cannot load device drvr for this hardware. previous instance of this driver is still in memory, code 38.If i restart computer thumb drive works till reinstalled.works perfect on other computers. Completly stumped. mrvince

A:thumb drive works,doesn't work

Try removing it from the device manager while it's connected, then reconnect it and let Windows find the driver for it again.

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Sorry for another one of these threads but I can't really seem to find the answer I need in any other thread. My specific situation is this:
My wife's PNY thumb drive suddenly stopped working. I know she's often just unplug it without the "Safe to Remove" prompt. Now the drive does not shoe up anywhere (disk mgmgt, my comp., etc)
When plugged in, the light comes on briefly, but then goes out. I can't even see it as a drive to format or try to run a recovery program.
Tried on several different PCs, OSs etc. Same thing each time.
My question is this: I am figuring that there is not much I can do. But a local shop told me they can extract the data for $100+. Can it really be done, or is all her data gone with the wind?

A:PNY attached thumb drive doesn't show up

Yes the pen drive is toast. Never depend on saving important data only on a flash drive. Back up the data to a CD or DVD. Flash drives are subject to static discharges like any electronic device. CD's and DVD's are not...

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Hello i am running windows 8.1 with a ssd as a boot drive and a hdd as a secundairy drive

I am experiencing a problem with windows reset.

I Have to reset my pc because if i do recovery or refresh it claims to have no acces to certain files
i tried to do this because within 10 minutes of a windows update my pc began acting weird login time was 5 minutes (used to be 1 seconds).

So i found out you can choose to format all drives or only the boot drive but when i use reset it doesnt give me the option.

i really cant afford to buy a external drive right now and i would love to know why windows thinks its the same drive when i clearly set my hdd as a different partition and a different path/drive letter

A:windows 8.1 reset doesn't aks which drive to format

I mean this in a positive way, but you can't claim the data is important enough on the second partition if you have no way to back it up. External drives are very cheap these days, so I'd either wait until you can afford one, or look in to some cloud services, like Google Drive, OneDrive, etc to move your data to.

After re-reading, if the secondary drive is a separate physical drive, just disconnect it completely from the system, then power it back on and do the reset. This will solve your issue, but if that data is important, find a way to have it backed up going forward.

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I suspect my main hard drive is dying, which has Windows 7 on it. So I attached another drive and installed Windows 7 on it, so in case the main drive fails at least I will have a bootable computer. The problem is that the MBR is on the main drive, so without the main drive the new drive fails to boot. How can I make the Windows 7 on the new drive boot without having the main drive connected to my computer? I can't install Windows using a DVD as my DVD writer is busted. Thanks.
Edit: I have a linux live bootable cd, which works with my DVD writer..

A:How to make drive which doesn't have the MBR bootable?

Hi and welcome to TSF your really going to be better off getting a working optical drive in order to fix this MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Windows Mail will not format text even though it shows the formatting bar. No color, justification, photos, or size works.
Only B I U work and font style and size.
Copying and pasting from Wordpad loses the formatting.
Cannot email directly from Wordpad, like in xp, without having OUTLOOK. I want to email through windows mail. I don't have or want WORD. Works won't email either, even though the button is there. Not even on File/Send. Does nothing.
How to email something nice I create? I have vista 64 so I cannot copy it to my xp 32 machine; it isn't recognized. Any solutions?

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I have a a DVD drive that plays music but doesn't recognize any of the bootable DVDs I have. I also have a USB Drive with a Windows 7 system on it and that isn't recognized either. With the USB drive I have been able to play or remove MP4 movie files but not boot.

What specific information can I provide? I have basically run through the tutorial on this forum with no help. Would certainly go through the process from scratch to see if I can get this fixed. I suspect it has something to do with some software program that stepped on some obscure registry setting.

A:DVD Drive play music but doesn't recognize bootable DVDs

It would be good to know what program on the DVD you are trying to boot.

Also, if you put an installation DVD in the drive does the installation start?

How are you trying to boot these devices?
Does the Alienware PC have a key to press to bring up the Boot Menu?
What is the Boot Order in your BIOS/UEFI?
Let's start there.

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Greetings! I have a problem and would appreciate any help. I'll try to explain it as detailed as possible (maybe mentioning some irrelevant info, just in case)

1. I have 2 hard drives
first - [C:\ - windows 7 partition][D:\ - just a file storage partition][E:\ - just a file storage partition]
second - [F:\ - Ubuntu partition]

2. I have been dual-booting this setup for a year (hibernating win7 and logging into Ubuntu, etc.), no problems

3. Recently I had to
3.1 format drive E:\
3.2 reinstall Ubuntu (probably irrelevant)

After that, win7 doesn't hibernate anymore (when I try to hibernate, it just turns off the screen and I can hear everything humming and working; hiberfil.sys on each of the drives C:\, D:\ and F:\ is being written to, but on E:\ it hasn't been even created since the format).

Thanks in advance!

A:Doesn't hibernate after drive format

Did you unplug all other HD's when reinstalling Ubuntu to E, as should always be done when doing any install or repair?

Are you using GRUB bootloader which can interfere with WIn7 and cause problems, or are you booting your choice of HD's by having Win7 HD set first to boot, or triggering E HD with the one-time BIOS Boot menu key at boot?

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

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Under XP Media Center
I have two internal HDs two CD drives, one ext. HD and Windows has assigned drive letters to all and all have been stable over the years the very weird thing , and I can't figure out why, is that for my USB thumb drive - which I always plug into the same USB port it changes letters after an extended period - say about 8 months, it will go from "G" to "I" and then back. It is bothersome only because I use the "Send To" command for many files. is there a way to stabilize this or is it just another XP annoyance I must put up with.

A:windows XP keeps alternating drive letter for thumb drive

goto control panel
Admin tools
computer management
disk management
in the right hand side you should see all the drives
go to the the drive that you want to change the letter ID
right click - then choose "change drive letter" a box will appear with the current letter
choose a new letter and click ok then its all done same letter every time

I often set to X, Y, Z for external and any mapped drives

have a read here http://www.online-tech-tips.com/com...s-xp-for-an-external-usb-stick-or-hard-drive/

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I have a laptop (I dodn't know where to put that thread but finally I'v decided to put it here) and his DVD-Drive doesn't work proparly. So my question is how can I format my computer withput my dvd-drive?
Thank you!

A:Hot to format if my Laptop'd dvd drive doesn'tworking


Originally Posted by VentAcruZ

I have a laptop (I dodn't know where to put that thread but finally I'v decided to put it here) and his DVD-Drive doesn't work proparly. So my question is how can I format my computer withput my dvd-drive?
Thank you!

I guess you need to replace your DVD-Drive which is not all that costly having just done it myself on my PC....More expensive on a Laptop however............sorry I don't see any way around your issue but for my suggestions to replace.

kind regards,

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Hello. I formatted my USB flash drive in win xp and now eahc time I connect it raises a warning: "The USB device can run faster if you connect it to a usb concentrer". Before format this message don't appear. The USB anyway works in win XP but doesn't work in Linux, an before the format it does.
My usb is a GeeDom 512 Mb. Somebody knows how to solve this problem? I need mi USB because I pass data beetween PC's with Linux and Windows.

A:USB flash drive doesn't work in linux after format

reformat as FAT32 which is accepted by ALL platforms.

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Install Windows 7 From USB Thumb Drive (Vista or Windows 7 computer)You will need at least 4GB free on the target USB device.**WARNING: all existing data will be lost if your proceed further.. Backup first.**Open an elevated command prompt.DISKPART then Enter.LIST DISK then Enter.LIST DISK will show the disk number of your USB drive.Enter the following commands one at a time, pressing Enter after each:SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number as needed.)CLEANCREATE PARTITION PRIMARYSELECT PARTITION 1ACTIVEFORMAT FS=NTFSASSIGNEXITNow follow steps 5-9 below.Install Windows 7 From USB Thumb Drive (XP computer)1. Download USB_MultiBoot_10.ziphttp://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?act...ost&id=10542. Unzip it.**WARNING: all existing data will be lost if your proceed further.. Backup first.**3. Run USB_MultiBoot_10.cmd, press any key, then choose option H.4. Choose NTFS under 'File System'. Choose Start.5. Place your Vista or Windows 7 DVD in the drive. Note the drive letter at this time.6. Open a command prompt. Type "E: cd boot" without the quotation marks. Substitute the drive letter of your optical drive for E: if required.7. Now type "BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 G:" without the quotation marks to make your USB stick bootable. Substitute the drive letter of your thumb drive for G: if required.8. Copy all files from the DVD to the USB drive. (Control-A, Control-C, and Control-V to paste)9. You can now boot from the USB stick and install Vista or W... Read more

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I have prepared a usb Windows 7 setup some time ago and i need to create another one for a friend. Can i clone it into the other usb thumb drive or do i have to whole create it from scratch (downloading the ISO..etc) ?

A:Windows 7 setup thumb drive

Should be fine to just clone it.

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Good morning.

I bought a 3 license pack of Windows 7 and would like to install the final license on a PC tower. It's a bit older but has the requirements for the OS. Unfortunately, it has no CD/DVD Rom player and I don't want to purchase one just for this task.

Is it possible to copy the OS from disk to a thumb/flash drive, reset boot order and actually install Windows 7 to this tower PC via a thumb drive?

Help is appreciated.

Larry Kruszynski

A:Installing Windows 7 via Thumb Drive

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I have some files I'd like to copy to my Windows 7 Pro computer. They are on a thumb drive and the files were made on a Home Premium computer. When I insert the thumb drive, the computer sees the drive and assigns it a letter but tells me there are no files on it

A:can't access thumb drive in Windows 7 Pro

can you try another computer to see if it will show you the files? or is it just this computer?

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I'm still running Vista. I recently purchased a thumb drive with Windows 10 from Microsoft (only because they don't sell them on disc anymore, which is easy and I've done a clean install of Vista half a dozen times from CD-Rom).

Anyway, I plug in the thumb drive, I reboot, go to BIOS, set to boot from USB-HDD. Exit that, and a screen comes up with the device (my USB with Windows 10) at the top and Verifying DMI Pool way down at the bottom. But then nothing. It just hangs there. As far as I can tell, it will hang there forever (but at the very least an hour). I can't find a solution, and I've been at this for hours. Thank you in advance for any help, or even pointing me in the right direction.

A:Booting Windows from Thumb Drive

My Vista machine never used to install Windows from USB stick either, so I stuck to burning an ISO to DVD. I assume you want to clean install this time too. If you don't need to access the bit that allows you to add/remove partitions and format the drive before installing Windows, you could try running setup.exe on the thumbdrive from the Vista desktop and follow the on-screen instructions, which should give the option to keep nothing and install Windows.

Alternatively, you can burn a Windows 10 ISO to DVD using the Windows Media Creation Tool (see Option Two at the link below) and then boot from DVD to install Windows 10. Just use the licence key that came with the Windows 10 thumbdrive you bought to activate it.

Windows 10 ISO Download

Windows 10 - Clean Install

You'll may need to install Windows 8.1 graphics card drivers if there aren't any available for Windows 10 and they don't automatically install through Windows Update.

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i'm asking for a buddy, i was not there when i tried this everything is by word of mouth, but he said that he connected the flash drive thru the usb port and it recognized it and the little box popped up by the clock, and so he x'd out of that. and never used it just pulled it out. the next time he tried to use it, the computer told him it was unrecognizable and wouldn't open it. and just to be sure it wasn't the drive he used it in another computer, and it was fine. should i have him change the intel usb drivers to standard usb device? or what would yall suggest?

A:thumb drive not recognized in windows

tell him to plug the thumb drive in another usb port. also might wanna update the chipset drivers for the computer.

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I have several thumbdrives that I use on a regular basis and I have noticed that some are formated FAT and some FAT32. Other than the obvious cluster size, does it make a difference. They are mostly for backup purposes and range from 16G to 512M.

A:Solved: thumb rive format

Not really. However, on the FAT-formatted ones, you can't make a folder or file name that is longer than the 8.3 format. That is, Long File Names (LFNs) are not supported.


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When I connect a thumb device, my computer says that I need to format to work with windows. When I connect my ipod it says that I need to restore my ipod to work and that it may be corrupt. (it will sync to another older version of itunes on a different computer) When I try to use my cd/dvd/rw it says that I need to format the drive to work with windows.
I have tried the suggestions at the Microsoft Support center, I have formated my ipod and reinstalled itunes I have stopped and restarted the devices.........nothing seems to help. Any suggestions??

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Can someone help me to install windows 7 from a USB Drive. I have a Windows 7 DVD but my netbook do not have a Drive to put in. I expect a step by step guide.
Thanks in advance.

A:Help needed in installing Windows 7 from a USB/Thumb Drive

There are several ways to create a bootable USB Win 7 install disk. You can do it using diskpart utility but the sake of simplicity i recommends either WiNToBootic or WinToFlash. Download address are given below.
Both of them are easy to use and no need to explain in step by step. You just plug a USB drive (4GB or higher) , select source DVD and click Go.
WintoBootic faq and user guide - http://www.wintobootic.com/faq.html
Self explanatory video of WinToFlash

Both tool needs to copy the entire DVD to USB so it may take some time to finish. 

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Once it recognizes it works fine.  takes 5-10 minutes.  We do alot of file transfers using usb drives.  How can I speed up the recognition.

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Hey Guys,

How many of you use the Eject option for your Thumb Drive removal in the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the System Tray? All this does is display a message that it is safe to remove the drive, correct? How many of you do not use this feature and just close all Windows and unplug the drive?

My question is that for My Patriot Drive I have two options in the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon. "Eject Patriot Memory" and an icon of the drive itself. Are both of these options the same? For example, if I highlight and click on, "Eject Patriot Memory" would I lose all my backups on the Thumb Drive? Or does it make no difference whether I click on that or the picture icon?

I have uploaded a picture to illustrate:


A:Patriot Thumb Drive Questions in Windows 7?

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Out team have written file by VC++ to read/write data to the USB thumb drive device. It's ok while connecting device to PC when logon PC by administator.

the problem is, windows xp doesn't know device (error msg is USB NOT FOUND) when logon by user.

does anyone know how to get around this? we're create a handle using createfile () and DeviceIoControl () API windows function to FindDevice,GetData and Writting to device.

any help is appreciated


A:Connecting direct to USB thumb drive in windows XP

I assume that the USB drivers need to be (re-)installed under that User-logon.
Are that user's Explorer-rights limited, in that (s)he can only see certain drives?
Or has no access to VC++?
Perhaps compile the routine and make an .exe, then the user should have access.

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I have downloaded and installed Win. 8 using Windows Upgrade Assistant and all went well (So far)

Can I now write the download to a bootable thumb drive so that it is available as a hard copy? If this is possible, where will I find the downloaded file?

A:Copying Windows 8 Pro download to a thumb drive??

Are you talking about the .iso file?

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Today I bought a new USB 3.0 thumb drive to make a recovery media. Windows detects it, no problems. I used Toshiba Recovery Media Creator. It completed successfully. Then I rebooted only to see if the media is actually bootable, in case something happens. Then it hangs. I don't even see the bios splash screen. Just a black screen with a cursor. The system reboots when I remove it or when I wait about 2 minutes. The HDD is first in the boot order. I usualy select the boot device with F12 when I try to boot something different than the HDD. I am able to boot from another thumb drive (usb 2.0 8gb). My new recovery media is bootable on another laptop (3 years old). I tried to make an image of GParted for i686, in case the most recent version of the iso were made for UEFI. Still nothing. But the old thumb drive boots. I don't anything in the BIOS for Legacy or UEFI, or Secure Boot. So what's happenning? Does the BIOS need an upgrade?? The thumb drive is a Kingston Datatraveller 101 g3 usb3.0 (32 gb). The laptop is 5 years old Toshiba satellite T230.

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