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Windows 7: Flash stick showing as "Local Disk"

30 Jul 2013   #1
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
Flash stick showing as "Local Disk"

I just got a new 16GB SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive that says Local disk instead of Removable Disk, which all the other USB flash drives do.
I did uninstall its driver, replugged and it still shows as Local Disk.

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30 Jul 2013   #2
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

This is usually a driver issue (99% of the time). there are a ton of articles about how to turn a flash drive into a local drive using a third party driver. My suggestion would be to contact SanDisk directly and hopefully they have an answer. By uninstalling the drivers then letting windows install the "same" drivers again your issue won't go away. Another suggestion is to look at the SanDisk website for compatible drivers.

I have seen where someone wants a program installed on a removable drive for security reasons the drive could be removed to prevent others from running said program. in order to install it the removable drive needs to be converted to local drive.

it could also be a USBstor.sys file that is corrupt. (again it's a driver issue) see this on MS forums
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30 Jul 2013   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Thanks Herb for the memory jog. SanDisk is indeed the culprit, or rather it's another reason against Win 8.
Flash Drive shows as Hard Disk Drive (Fixed Disk) in Windows Explorer
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30 Jul 2013   #4
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I thought I had seen that as well, thanks for the link. I am also a member of the anti8 club
There is another thread about this issue and I wonder if other manufactures are doing the same.
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30 Jul 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Dunno, I have a new Adata and Patriot flash drive which don't show as hard disks. At least there should be a way to change them to removable. I was on chat with SanDisk and was the same as talking to an amoeba.
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04 Aug 2013   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I just got 2 brand new AData flash drives, 16GB each, and they appear as removable devices. Apparently SanDisk is the only company following the MS license.
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18 Apr 2014   #7
rshewmaker

7 Ultimate 32 bitsy's
 
 
Sooo...

It's SadDisk's, I mean SanDisk's fault. That's cool, but is there any resolution to this?
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18 Apr 2014   #8
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Resolution?

Please see my post here Removable Flash Drive Recognized as a Local Disk and not a Flash Drive for that.
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18 Apr 2014   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rshewmaker View Post
It's SadDisk's, I mean SanDisk's fault. That's cool, but is there any resolution to this?
For me I returned the SanDisk stick and bought another A-Data stick.
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29 Jul 2014   #10
ahmedsharabash

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

From my side I found a solution to make a bootable Windows 7 flash drive on my Sandisk USB by using this freeware
http://rufus.akeo.ie/downloads/rufus-1.4.9.exe
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