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Windows 7: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool doesn't recognize USB device

16 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool doesn't recognize USB device

I'm trying to reinstall Windows 7 by putting my .ISO file on a bootable USB device but can't seem to get the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to locate my USB drive in Step 3. I enter the location of my ISO file in step 1; select USB in step 2, and when I get to step 3 the only device listed is "N:\ (Removable disk)". I have a new 32gb USB stick that I used the Disk Management utility to format as a NFTS drive, then when that didn't work I also went thru the diskpart steps shown in another post on this site. The USB drive does show up as a writeable drive on my system. If I look at it in the Disk Management utility it displays as drive H, "Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)". I tried the refresh button in Step 3 and restarted the utility but still drive N is the only drive that is displayed and I don't currently have anything mapped to drive N. Any help is appreciated; thank you.

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16 Sep 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


Try using How To Use UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive which always works when the others don't.

Use the format button first.

You can keep the stick bootable by leaving the seven folders alone in the drive, but still add other files as you wish making it dual-purposed.
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