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windows XP keeps alternating drive letter for thumb drive

Q: windows XP keeps alternating drive letter for thumb drive

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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.

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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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Hey, I have an interesting problem with SanDisk Cruzer Blade & Edge thumbdrives.

Whenever I put them in my computer, I get the sound that Windows has detected I have plugged something in, but nothing appears.

I go into Computer Management -> Disk Management and they aren't listed at all.

Explorer 'hangs' when I plug it in. If I plug another USB drive that I know works into the computer, there is no sound and nothing is recognised until I unplug the 'faulty' thumb drive.

When I unplug them, something flashes for an instant in My Computer and Windows makes the device removed sound.

This happens with multiple thumb drives... all SanDisk Cruzer Blade & Edge thumbdrives.

Here is the catch... They work perfectly fine in any other computer!

I suspect that as I have used a lot of thumbdrives in this laptop, is there now an overload of sandisk thumbdrives in the memory bank? Not sure if I am barking up the right tree or not.

I have attached a screenshot from my registry in case it sheds any light...


(Thanks in advance)

A:USB Thumb Drives not recognised (not drive letter)

That overload does indeed have the potential to derail things.

Whether my recommendation below will resolve the problem or not , it is a good practice to periodically flush out the non-present devices eliminating the chance for Windows getting "confused".

So start now.

Download drivecleanup.zip v0.8.1. Drive Tools for Windows

Extract it to a folder named say DriveCleanup. You will have two folders Win32 and x64 each containing DriveCleanup.exe for 32bit and 64bit Windows respectively.

Remove all USB devices on your system (except KB/mouse) and then rightclick on the appropriate .exe for your bit version and Run as administrator

Once the cleanup is over reboot your system.

(Mine is a 32bit Windows)

Please do report whether your problem is solved.

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I have a drive that has a lot of information on it that I need. A user left our company and all of his files are on this drive. I was handed it and asked to build a VM with all his information on it. When I plug the drive in it loads the drivers and shows
up just fine in Computer Management (shown below), but not in Computer. So I think, ok, I'll just add a drive letter but that option is greyed out and won't let me. The disk is initialized and appears to be healthy. I have gone to device manager and made sure
there were no problems there as well. It was also an external drive so I removed it and made it an internal drive on my machine but got the same results. It shows up in BIOS but obviously can't boot off of it since it is not an OS drive.
Deleting/formatting the drive is not an option. Is there a way to get this drive accessible without that? Deleting it is the exact opposite of what I want done here. 

A:Change Drive Letter and Paths... greyed out. Can't assign drive letter.

That looks like a mac formatted drive, that's why it wont work on your PC. Try installing Paragon HFS+ for Windows.

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Got a strange problem that popped up recently.

When I am in windows explorer and my drive letters are in the right side pane of the window...(IE clicking on My Computer in the left pane shows all drive in the right pane..) Instead of opening up that drive's folders, it pops up the search window.

Before I had just clicked on the drive and it expanded out and you could click on the files on that drive.

Anyone know what might cause this to change or what I can do to change it back?

Not a major issue, but it's puzzling as to how it got that way.

Thanks in advance...

A:Solved: Windows Explorer-Clicking on Drive Letter opens up Search instead of Exploring Drive!

Download and run this fix.

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hi there,
i just bought a preowned Seagate Freeagent Goflex,when i plugged it into my usb port windows installed the driver,but when i click on my computer it dosnt show though in disk management it is listed and online,i also have enabled automount and changed it from dynamic to basic.
Im not great on computers and any help would be greatly appreciated i only want to use the new disk for back ups.
Many thanks in advance.

A:windows wont allocate drive letter to external drive

Please post a full screenshot of Windows Disk Management with only the Seagate Freeagent GoFlex external drive plugged in. ( Plug out all other external drives). Please read this tutorial and adhere to the guidelines therein to post a full Screenshot disabling Console Tree, Action Pane and adjusting the seperators as necessary to show all information. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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hi there,
i just bought a preowned Seagate Freeagent Goflex,when i plugged it into my usb port windows installed the driver,but when i click on my computer it dosnt show though in disk management it is listed and online,i also have enabled automount and changed it from dynamic to basic.
Im not great on computers and any help would be greatly appreciated i only want to use the new disk for back ups.
Many thanks in advance.

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i have windows 7 desktop. there are some partition on it.but there is problem with these partition. All the three partition have the same drive letter.i attach a link showing the picture. all three partitions are dynamic , simple. if i open these drives only the contents of one drive are appeared. another two drive data are not shown in any manner.

i don't want to lose any data from any drive ......
please help me sir...
my windows is installed in c:\ drive which is also dynamic and there are no recent changes.only one change i did which is i shrink dynamic volume 50 GB from 206 GB and again mixed with 206 GB without allocating free space.

and only the c drive is on and d drive is off.but in my other desktop same configuration exist.
please help me...and please don't say change and remove drive letter...........waiting for response

A:changing one drive letter all 3 partitions change to that drive letter

First thing you're going to do is fill in the specs of the desktop whose snips you are showing us.

Then you're going to do the same with the second pc opening a second post with snips. Give it a different title like "Second pc with drive letters the same". Don't forget the snips.

You should not have dynamic disks in either machine. What did you do to accomplish this?

There exists a bevy of spectacular experts on this site that will be happy to help you. But give us ALL the info please.

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I am trying to revive the local Priest's computer - he has nothing backed up (and I'm not even Catholic ;-))
He has a Dell Dimension 933r running Windows XP Home. When he started the computer yesterday it started to boot into Windows and then just restarts in an endless cycle. It got to a point where it came up with an error "autochk not found - skipping autochk" and then a Windows XP BSOD (the ones with some hex addresses) pops up with an error for about a tenth of a second (I cannot read anything on it - it is too fast).
I pulled the drive and put it in another computer. The computer (Win XP Pro) finds the drive and it shows as "healthy" in Disk Management, but it does not assign it a drive letter. I would just like to be able to get in and copy his data.
I tried a repair install, but Windows XP says it cannot intall to the partition.
I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax (it is a Maxtor 40GB drive) utility and the drive passes all tests with no errors or failures.
I can see directories, etc. when I boot in the Windows Recovery Console, I just can't do anything with them. It tells me "access is denied" when I try to go to documents and settings, etc.
I have tried a fixboot, etc.
Anybody have any ideas how I can help him get his data back?
Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Windows XP Hard Drive Problem - No Drive Letter

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In the limited research I have done with the problem posed in post #56, I believe the reason the user is unable to use the drive is it is GPT and is protected. Is there a way to reclaim the drive and data in Windows 7?

I am unfamiliar with GPT and do not know how to get Windows 7 to give access to the drive without changing to MBR, but changing to MBR will wipe the partition table and make the data inaccessible. Any ideas? Anyone else seen this problem before?

A:No access to GPT drive in Windows 7, no drive letter can be assigned


I stumbled across a forum post (TomsHardware) that claimed TestDisk and PhotoRec have the ability to recover data from GPT drives. Is it worth a go?

PhotoRec - CGSecurity
TestDisk - CGSecurity


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Hello everyone,
So, due to audio problems....I decided to just revert to my old XP64. At first I was gonna try to dual-boot, but the fly in the ointment was all I had was an image on my external HD, which has about 100G of other stuff on it. My disc drive would not for the life of me burn an ISO image on any of my three DVD types. And the process of trying to find how to fix the drive problem and/or create just a bootable PARTITION on a HD without effecting everything else just drove me insane...which is kind of where I am now. After a week now I just have to get back to my project. lol And if that means no fancy windows 7 internet experience......

BUT HERE'S THE THING. In my frenzied state, I think I may have screwed up my MBR, but idk. I hope I can explain this right.

At one point, while attempting a dual-boot scenerio workaround, I shrunk partition C and created a new 5G partition at the end of it. After that:

In EaseUS, I assigned it letter B and I set it to active, figuring it was to be bootable (wrong, I know). Additionally near the same time in Folder Properties, I unhid system files, folders...etc.

NOW the System drive showed as F! Then, attempting to use EasyBCD, it told me it could not find the BCD files to begin. So, naturally it had to do with that.I thought maybe it should have been B, but why would Ease US give me that letter option?

After showing Easy BCD the file it seems to be OK....there. Also in Startup & Recovery it is listed in Syste... Read more

A:Default drive letter for "System" drive in Windows 7?


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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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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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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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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 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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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 want to have Macrium Rescue and windows backup in one pendrive. If I create two partition in my pendrive, first for rescue and other for keeping backup, is it possible. Because windows only recognize the first primary partition of the pendrive.

Sorry found the answer in my earlier threads. So this is closed now

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I have tried installing Anti-virus software on a flash drive. However, the Avti-virus will only run from the flash drive on the machine that I installed it from. Indicating a registry association.I need anti-virus software that will run from a flash drive on any machine running windows. Preferably, not bloatware like McAfee. Anybody know of any?
Thanks for help. PS. McAfee won't

A:I need Anti-Virus that will run from a Flash drive aka: Thumb drive

Stinger.exe will run from a flash drive an will seek out and find most of the more recent worms and viruses. You can find it here:


I would think for any full fledged av program you could put the exe. file on the flash drive and then install it on most any computer. Such programs as Avast, Antivir, and AVG should work in that manner.

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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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has anyone encountered problems with windows 7 reading a thumb drive and is there a solution to this problem

A:Problem with Windows 7 reading thumb drive

You'll get better answers from others if you could elaborate your problem. What error message are you getting? Are you encounter the same problem w/ other flash drives?

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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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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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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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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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I have a 16GB Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 thumb drive. It's been working fine for the two years or so that I've had it. I've also used it to install all versions of Windows since Windows 7.

Today I used the Windows 7 USB Tool to create a bootable USB drive, and it failed three times at 99%. I've had this issue before, and I finally found the guide that explains how to fix it (https://ardamis.com/2012/03/03/windows-7-usbdvd-download-tool-unable-to-copy-files/), but the 'clean' command returned an error. I then realized that, while Windows makes that sound when I insert the thumb drive into a USB port, it doesn't show it in File Explorer. The USB Tool doesn't detect it anymore, either.

I've plugged the thumb drive into another PC and it's not detected there either. The blue light on the drive does light up on both computers.

Is it dead or can I fix this somehow?

The USB drive does not appear in Disk Management on Windows.
It does appear in Device Manager and is recognized as the correct model.

Edit 2:
Fixed by uninstalling the USB drive through Device Manager. Then I was able to format it via the diskpart command tool.

A:I think that WINDOWS 7 USB TOOL killed my thumb drive

Glad that you were able to resolve the issue and that you provided the solution.

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When I plug a thumb drive into the USB port of my computer, it makes the sound that the computer recognized it, but the thumb drive does not visibly show up in Windows Explorer as being connected. Hence I can utilize my thumb drive with my computer. I have updated my computer software, and I have restored the computer, still the problem persists. I think it is a driver issue, but not sure.

A:Thumb drive does not show up in Windows Explorer

Have you tried using the drive on another computer?

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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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Added all the drive descriptions to make searching easier-

Helping in another thread I found this nice utility- works with win 2000 and up-


What this does is take a usb drive and make it bootable and installs your windows setup files automatically.

It works and it is way easy

It took me maybe an hour to load the flash drive but only two minutes to get started and the other 58 minutes were miller time. (my flash drive is quite slow)

select your thumb drive letter and the drive letter with cd\dvd with windows disk- that is the choices unless you are doing a different os than default.

Set your comp to boot from usb- You will need the friggin floppy disk for xp sata drivers

first boot select

1. text option-reboot to flash drive

during the installation process it will reboot the machine- leave the flash drive in place-

second boot select:

2. gui-finish installation-1st windows desktop-

your done- boot from hdd.

A:How to install windows with a flash, pen or thumb drive

Microsoft has one also



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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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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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On our system at work when I plug in a thumb drive because our network drive is f it assigns that letter to the thumb and I cant see it. I go through Manage then Disk Management ect and assign a Drive letter to the USB thumb. I dont want to do this if I dont have to. I also dont want to have the IT guys remap the entire network if possible. Is there a way around this.
I want to be able to just plug in a thumb drive and have xp see it without going through disk management to change a assigned letter.


A:XP wont see thumb drive Network drive F

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Greetings to all

By mistake i disabled my flasd drive... here is what i did...

at the task bar (the one at the bottom ---start -----) i right clicked the safely remove hardware and selected properties and device usage i disbaled.. since than i cant use this flash drive in this computer.. i can use other flash drive/thumb drive usb drive but the one which i disabled i cant use it and it wont recognise too.

Please help me to fix this problem. when i insert other flash drive/thumb drive my computer detects it but the one which i disabled wont detect. What should i do?

Highly apreciate your help


A:Flash Drive/Thumb Drive how to enable

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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?

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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how to load pics from thumb drive to laptop on windows 10

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Unable to copy the Windows 7 install DVD to a thumb drive

I am using Windows 7 PRO X64 desktop. I have been unable to copy the Windows 7 install DVD (happens to be a Dell OEM full WIN7 PRO X64 DVD) to a thumb drive. I have tried using Internet explorer and a file management program called ?xplorer2? PRO X65 from zabkat.com ( I have used xplorer2 for many years with no problems).

I tried copying the entire DVD by selecting all the folders. The copy process starts and then in a few minutes I receive an error message ?K:\boot\en-us\bootsect.exe.mui File copy failed Windows error = 1117: The request could not be performed because on an I/O device error?. (Using GOOGLE search I did find some references to the ?mui? file extension not being easily copied and some (possible) solutions.) I click on cancel and the screen dims; the rotating blue circle appears and continues to rotate. After about 6-7 minutes I use Task manager, which shows the program is not responding, to kill the task. Same results for both Internet explorer and xplorer2.

As an experiment, I powered down and restarted WIN7. This time I selected a single folder; size about 100MB ( NOT the boot\en-us folder), on the DVD disk and started the copy process. Again the copy process started. This time I did not receive the error message (as expected, since I was not copying the bootsect.exe.mui file). The copy process was the same, after about 5-6 minutes, the screen dims, the rot... Read more

A:Unable to copy the Windows 7 install DVD to a thumb drive

If you are trying to create a usb installer, you just can`t copy the files over, first you have to create an Iso file from your dvd, then burn that iso file to your usb stick with Rufus.

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If you would like a Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 Bit Iso file, I`ll post the direct link and you can use that to create a usb installer.

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But if you want to download a fresh Iso file, just click the link below and it will start the English Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit Iso file download. It`s direct from Microsoft so no worries


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I can't get the software to install. It starts and runs, then I get a big error message in red letters. Has anyone had this happen?

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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 no this proly a dumb question but iv never had to do this b 4 and idk much about the software side of computers.

my old hdd faild in my pc so i just ordered a new ssd and im gonna be installing windows 8.1 on it by usb

however i am still gonna need to install my mobos drivers after the windows is done.
i would just use the dvd but i lost the mobos dvd awhile ago so thats outa the question!

so how do i delete the windows 8.1 installation media(i used the media creation tool)
so i can download my drivers onto the usb with my laptop and and install them

or is there a way i can keep the installation media on there and install the drivers?

A:how can i delete the windows install files on thumb drive

Just get another USB, since they are super cheap these days. As for any drivers that Windows does not install. Just lod on the extra USB. Keep the Windows 8 USB for any repairs to Windows, etc.

You can get 16 GB Sansdisk unit for under $6 at newegg.com.

As for formatting one. You plug it into the USB port and right clock, choose Format then Quick Format.

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I lost about 3 computers since September 4th, 2015 after being harassed on a live broadcast and realized someone was mad at me or simply accessed my computer with ease because I had no admin pass (two admin accounts) and router with default pass and a ton of possible open ports and malware, but I was never really concerned because I was thinking a reformat and viruses that you identify are not too hard to get rid of with a little knowledge and some preemptive measures. Anyway, my bad on the lack of security password wise. So I've been dealing with this sleeping beauty for quite a while and finally realized the thumb drive was causing the issue on two new computer and the original so now that thing is off limits(well in the trash basically, but maybe keeping it would have helped me find he type of virus or more of how it functioned. Now it just seems the last computer to be touched by it abuses Trusted Installer ownership, opens, tunnelers that don't connect, and a
according to the security event logs on one of my formats after a day or so seemed that someone was manually changing security permissions because it was on for about 10 hours. of error warnings... I'll stop there and wait for any issues with my initial scan...
You can skim some of this, it's just background on a sliver of what's happened. Again probably irrelevant info below until the scans but just want to give you an idea on that the first September 4th attack was targeted and very obviously reveale... Read more

A:Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 Trojan/Rookit from Thumb Drive (possibly)

I dont see anything in the log that looks out of place, no malware.
The addition.txt didnt attach. You can copy/paste it in instead if you want.

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I want to rename drive E (10gigs) to lets say drive S...is it as simple as right clicking and renaming the drive in most cases right?. This is a one owner non networked home pc. (windows xp)



A:Solved: renaming extended partition drive letter to another letter...plz help

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . then Disk Management . .

In Disk Management, right click on the Drive an select change letter assignment . .

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Have just installed a new 8.7 Maxtor in a P100. This drive is set as master and partitioned into 5 which assigns drive letters c,d,e,f,g . If I re-install the old 500mb drive unit as a slave ( Quantum Maverick) it assigns itself as drive letter D. I want this drive to show up as drive H . If I go to Device manager, hard drives, double click on generic ide type 47, settings, for this drive the drive letter assignment is there, but I cannot change it. Any ideas please.

A:{SOLVED} Slave drive letter inserts itself within master partition drive letters

I don't think you can change it. Normally the bios will take the primary of the 1st ide drive as c, the primary of the second ide as d, the next partition of the primary ide drive as e, etc.

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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.


A:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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i can't get my puter to read the data on an external hard drive. wants me to format it even though it recognizes the drive letter i gave it when i did format it. don't want to lose the 100+ gigs of data i have on this drive.

A:my computer recognizes the drive letter but not the data on external hard drive

Does the external drive work on another machine?

Also, while the drive is still connected, can you go into Device Manager (right-click My Computer, click on 'Manage...', click on 'Device Manager') to check for any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses next to anything in there?

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I'm booting off my SSD which is drive C:\ and I have games and programs on an extra hard drive which was origanally drive H:\ but after a restart it switched to I:\ and when I go into Disk Management to change it Drive H:\ isn't there.

A:Hard drive isnt allowed to change the correct drive letter

Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...

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I'm playing with a recently retired server running 32bit Windows 7 Professional. Originally it was configured as RAID 0 with 5 SATA drives. Those drives are gone but I want to install a spare 2TB SATA drive that I have. Using the RAID Management software I have created the drive and it shows the correct configured capacity. I initialized the disk with Disk Management and it lists the disk as online but it doesn't show up in the volume list with a drive letter. My intention is to use the 2TB drive as media storage. Other than combing RAID and Windows 7, what am I doing wrong? Am I better off reformatting everything and reloading Windows?

A:Unable to assign drive letter to newly installed SATA drive.

I had the same problem this week with a drive like that. Have you tried to reformat it? Also make sure your system can handle a 2TB drive.

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