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Windows 7: USB stick shows as local disk

17 Apr 2014   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

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USB stick shows as local disk

I have a 64GB USB3 stick that shows as 'Local Disk' in Computer. I am a bit puzzled. Why would it not show as a removable device like any other good USB stick. That is the only one of my sticks that does that. It is this one:


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17 Apr 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just a thought.
Did you choose the drive letter (M) or did you let Windows pick the drive letter.
Did you wipe the stick; their might be something on the stick from the manufacture.

Crazy thoughts but sometimes I think that way.
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17 Apr 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I chose M and nothing is on it. I formatted it in Fat32.
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17 Apr 2014   #4
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

I can remember quite a few Threads on here with the same problem .. Seems to be related to Sandisk Sticks ..
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17 Apr 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, interesting. One of the programs that I use to install Linux on sticks did not recognize it as a stick either - only as 'other devices'. Installations work OK but it is somehow curious.
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17 Apr 2014   #6
derekimo

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Apparently your flash drive is Win 8 certified,

Change Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 usb drive to remova... - SanDisk Forums
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17 Apr 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Derek. That seems to be it and explains it. They come up with new stuff all the time, LOL.

The way it is does not really bother me, but it was odd and I was curious.

It is a nice stick and I don't know yet what to with it. At first I wanted to use it for my Linux on a stick, but then I already used my 128GB stick for that. So this one is awaiting an assignment.
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17 Apr 2014   #8
derekimo

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You're welcome Wolfgang, that seems to be bothering quite a few people out there.

I have five or six that don't get used much but they could be put to better use.
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17 Apr 2014   #9
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Apparently your flash drive is Win 8 certified
More specifically, that's a feature of "Windows To Go" which is a feature found in Win 8 or 8.1 Enterprise. The same ol' flash drives (we all own and love) will continue to work as expected in Win 8.

Windows To Go is an Enterprise feature that allows admins to install or boot and run a Windows image off a certified flash drive


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Corrected above.
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17 Apr 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If MS were smart, they would make that Windows to go available for everyone. Now we resort to Linux to go and eventually we will like that so much that we do not need Windows any more.
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