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Windows 7: [Help]Bootable USB Disc back to Normal USB


26 Jul 2009   #1

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[Help]Bootable USB Disc back to Normal USB

hey.

i just recently changed my usb into a bootable usb disc following the steps from the tutorial posted on this site.

im just wondering how i could change it back to a normal usb.?

Thanks.

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26 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Welcome aboard the Se7enforums! binny

Would this be a usb flash drive or pen drive or an external hard drive made bootable?

If you followed the guide for making up a usb key for example you would simply reformat the device by going into the Disk Management tool while it was plugged in. You would simply right click on the partition listing for it there and select the format option like you would for any hard drive internal or otherwise preferrably selecting NTFS.
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26 Jul 2009   #3

 

Just format it, then it should work again
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26 Jul 2009   #4

 
 

Plug it into your computer (I am assuming Windows 7) and wait for it to be recognized. Right click on the usb drive and select "Format". Formatting the usb drive will return it to its original size and use.
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26 Jul 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Is there some advantage in having a USB drive be non bootable?
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26 Jul 2009   #6

 
 

The files necessary to make it bootable also take up memory space.
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27 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

For most usb drives depending on type are used for storage or transferring files between two or more systems(laptop to desktop, desktop to laptop, etc.). Here usb flash drives serve another purpose being made bootable either for a usb key or as an alternative data recovery tool.
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27 Jul 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Try it with testdisk (google for it. Its a small program).
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27 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 SP1 x64 build 7601.21701
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
Is there some advantage in having a USB drive be non bootable?
no there isnt, bootable just means partition is marked as active in MBR.
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27 Jul 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SoLoR View Post
no there isnt, bootable just means partition is marked as active in MBR.
That's what I thought. So mine will continue to remain bootable then.
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