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Windows 7: USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive

01 Apr 2015   #1
Hadramawt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive

Hi,

First of all:
I have done a Windows 7 repair install which has solved some problems with my windows, however, the repair install didn't slove these problems(Autoplay for USB Flash Drives) and listing one USB Flash Drive as a HDD.

But, USB Flash Drive is still identified as a Hard Disk Drive, although it is a USB Flash Drive.

I have three USB 2 Flash Drives with the same brand 'SanDisk'. Two of which are 7GB. One of which is 2GB.


However, one of them is dealt/identified as a HDD, however, the other two are dealt as a Removable Storage. (USB Drive).

Once one of them dealt as a HDD is plugged to the PC, then it is listed under the Hard Disk Drives on my computer(Screen shot below). The Flash Drive whose assigned letter is 'I' is dealt as a HDD and even its icon in the disk management is similar to a HDD. However, the assigned letter 'L' is for a USB HDD.
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-flash-drive-listed-under-hard-disk-drives-although-flash-drive..jpg
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-disk-management.jpg



Also, when opening the disk management, and clicking 'right click' on it, then I see the all the options(such as 'delete option', and 'mark partition as active' ) specific for a hard disk partition are active(not grayed out).(screen shot below).
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-management-clicking-flash-drive-listed-under-hard-disk-drives-i-see-same-options.jpg

Also, via disk management, I could 'delete' a USB Flash Drive and recreated it as the way of dealing with Hard disk partition(Screen shots below).
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-deleting-flash-drive-via-disk-management.jpg
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-recreating-flash-drive-via-disk-management.jpg





Besides, When clicking 'right click' on the USB Flash Drive listed under Hard disk drivers, I don't see an 'eject option' as what happens for any Hard disk partition.


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However, the other two USB Flash Drives are identified as USB Flash Drives, and are always listed under removable storage(screen shot below)
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-flash-drive-listed-under-hard-disk-drives-although-flash-drive..jpg

Also, in the disk management, once clicking 'right click' on any USB Flash Drive identified as USB Flash Drives, the options(such as 'delete option', and mark partition) specific for a HDD are inactive 'grayed out'.(screen shot below)
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-other-flash-drive-listed-under-removable-storage-delete-option-mark-partition-.jpg






Also, When clicking on the USB Flash Drives listed under removable storage, I see 'eject option'.




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Moreover,
Although the 'use autoplay for all media and devices' are checked
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-autoplay-usb-flash-drives-no-longer-functioning1.jpg

Only the Autoplay of any USB Hard disk drives, and optical discs are functioning well.
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-autoplay-hdd.jpg

However, the Autoplay of any USB Flash drives dealt as a Removable storage(USB Flash Drives) is not functioning. for instance the two USB Flash Drives dealt/identified as Removable Storage.


But, the autoplay of the one USB Flash Drive dealt/identified as a HDD is only functioning well. (Screen shot below).
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-autoplay-usb-flash-drive-identified-hdd.jpg




Also, when clicking 'right click' on a HDD or an optical disc inserted onto the optical drive, then there is an 'open autoplay' option listed.(screen shot below).
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-open-autoplay-hdd.jpg


Also, for the one USB Flash Drive identified as HDD, there is an 'open autoplay' option listed under clicking 'right click' it.(Screen shot below).
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-open-autoplay-option-usb-flash-drive-identified-hdd.jpg


However, for the two USB Flash Drives identified as USB Flash Drives, there are no 'open autoplay' option after clicking 'right click' on them.(screen shot below)
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-no-open-autoplay-option-any-usb-flash-drives.2.jpg
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-no-open-autoplay-option-any-usb-flash-drives.jpg




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01 Apr 2015   #2
VistaUltimate

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit
 
 

Transfer your data to your computer.
Open command prompt with administrator privileges by going to Start,All Programs,Accessories,Command Prompt.Right click it and select "Run as administrator".
Type diskpart.Then type list disk.Find your USB drives and type select disk 3 if it is one of them.You can know by their size.DON'T select disk 0.It's your Windows drive.Then type clean.

Don't type it if you don't have backed up your files on the drive.This will delete the drive.
Then do the same for your other drive.If it is disk 4,type select disk 4 and then clean.

If I helped you,say it.
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01 Apr 2015   #3
Hadramawt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaUltimate View Post
Transfer your data to your computer.
Open command prompt with administrator privileges by going to Start,All Programs,Accessories,Command Prompt.Right click it and select "Run as administrator".
Type diskpart.Then type list disk.Find your USB drives and type select disk 3 if it is one of them.You can know by their size.DON'T select disk 0.It's your Windows drive.Then type clean.

Don't type it if you don't have backed up your files on the drive.This will delete the drive.
Then do the same for your other drive.If it is disk 4,type select disk 4 and then clean.

If I helped you,say it.
Thanks a lot,
I have done a Windows 7 repair install which has solved some problems with my windows, however, the repair install didn't slove these problems(Autoplay for USB Flash Drives) and listing one USB Flash Drive as a HDD.
could you please reread my post again since I have made some changes since your last look at it.

Also, Once one of USB Flash Drivers dealt as a HDD is plugged to the PC, then it is listed under the Hard Disk Drives on my computer

Also, Autoplay for any US Flash Drives is not funcioning.
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01 Apr 2015   #4
Hadramawt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaUltimate View Post
Transfer your data to your computer.
Open command prompt with administrator privileges by going to Start,All Programs,Accessories,Command Prompt.Right click it and select "Run as administrator".
Type diskpart.Then type list disk.Find your USB drives and type select disk 3 if it is one of them.You can know by their size.DON'T select disk 0.It's your Windows drive.Then type clean.

Don't type it if you don't have backed up your files on the drive.This will delete the drive.
Then do the same for your other drive.If it is disk 4,type select disk 4 and then clean.

If I helped you,say it.
I have done what you have said, but when connecting it again, it is shown as unknown disk.
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-clean.jpg
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-clean1.jpg


Could you please let me know::::::::::::
  1. I think that I will need to initialize it. But, why it needs to be initialized???? Clean disk via diskpart is not like 'formating or deleting partiton??????
  2. Also, as long as it is shown 'unallocated', then why I cannot create it instead of 'intializing it'?
  3. For my curiosity, could you please let me know what made a USB Flash Drive be identified as HDD?????
Also, what about the AutoPlay for any USB Flahs Drive?


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01 Apr 2015   #5
Hadramawt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Could you please reply to me to close this issue?


Even after cleaning the Disk(USB Flash Drive), and then initialized it, it is still identitifed as HDD.
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-even-after-cleaning-disk-usb-flash-drive-then-initialized-still-identitifed-.jpg


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01 Apr 2015   #6
VistaUltimate

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit
 
 

Clean deletes everything on the selected drive.
For AutoPlay,I can't say anything.
Why your computer identifies your flash drive as an HDD is unknown for me.I can't help at this point.
Have you tried connecting the USB to another computer? If it doesn't have problems,your computer or OS is faulty. If it does,your flash drive is the problematic device.
Initializing is not needed,but what your computer thinks your USB drive is false.Sorry,I don't have anything to do more here.
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02 Apr 2015   #7
comptech

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

what about it showed in device manager?..
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02 Apr 2015   #8
Hadramawt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaUltimate View Post
Clean deletes everything on the selected drive.
For AutoPlay,I can't say anything.
Why your computer identifies your flash drive as an HDD is unknown for me.I can't help at this point.
Have you tried connecting the USB to another computer? If it doesn't have problems,your computer or OS is faulty. If it does,your flash drive is the problematic device.
Initializing is not needed,but what your computer thinks your USB drive is false.Sorry,I don't have anything to do more here.
Thanks a lot,
No, I've not connected the USB Flash Drive identified by my HP laptop as an HDD so far.
But, I would be saying that if my system were defective, then ALL USB Flash Drives would be identified as an HDD. If you read my first post, you will see that other two USB Flash Drive are identified as USB Flash Drive. Even if my system were defective, then I think it would be repaired since I have done a repair install hoping to solve all problems with it.


Yes, I agree initializing is not needed for USB Flash Drive.


What lets me ask about autoplay problem is that I found that the autoplay for USB flash drive identified as an HDD does work well. However, the autoplay for USB Flash Drives identified as Flash drives is not wroking. So, I am expecting that there is a realation between the autoplay problem and identifying a USB Flash drive as an HDD.


As a test only, I have copyied the USB Flash Drive(7GB) identified as a Flash Drive to the USB Flash Drive(7GB) identified as an HDD using MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition. So, when the operation completed, then I found that USB Flash Drive identified as an HDD is still identified as an HDD, however, there is a bad disk in front of it in the MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition.

deleting the flash Drive(identified as an HDD) whose letter is 'I' to be unallocated , and then copying Flash Drive whose letter 'H'(identified as an Falsh drive) to the unallocated drive.
USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-deleting-flash-drive-whose-letter-i-t.jpg

USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-deleting-flash-drive-whose-letter-i-unallocated-then-copying-flash-drive-wh.jpg


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02 Apr 2015   #9
Hadramawt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by comptech View Post
what about it showed in device manager?..
Thanks a lot,

ALL USB Flash Drives identified as a Flash Drives and the one Flash drive identified as an HDD are shown in the device manager under the 'disk drives' category.

However, under 'portable device' catogery, there the two USB Flash Drives idintified as a USB Flash Drive are listed

USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive-capture.jpg


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02 Apr 2015   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

There is nothing to worry about the one Sandisk Flash drive showing as HDD. It had been configured so by SanDisk and you cannot change it.

Please read this post and related posts. Removable Flash Drive Recognized as a Local Disk and not a Flash Drive

"Extract from a communication from Sandisk:

We have recently made some changes in the manufacturing of the flash drives to make them compatible with Windows 8 certification. The changes are in effect from June 2012. Flash drives configured as fixed disks still function the same as those configured as removable disks.

This fixed disk matter had already been brought to notice in this forum by Britton30.

Flash stick showing as "Local Disk"

In a Dec 2013 post one user elsewhere indicated :

SanDisk has recently reversed their decision on configuring drives as fixed disk and are back to removable. Per support "all sandisk drives are being moved back to the removable disk configuration".

So you got one manufactured in the interim period between this flip-flop by SanDisk. "

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