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Windows 7: Removable Flash Drive Recognized as a Local Disk and not a Flash Drive

23 Mar 2014   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by masonta View Post
The Flash Drive is Disk G, and I also uploaded a screen shot of my device manager where the flash was listed as a hard drive. Thanks for timely response btw

Why dont you format to ntfs thats more reason so you make the usb bootable

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23 Mar 2014   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Return the SanDisk pen drive to the vendor and get some other brand.

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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24 Mar 2014   #13

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I did not know that. Thanks jumanji and Britton30!
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18 Apr 2014   #14
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

You're welcome, I did return mine.
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29 Jul 2014   #15

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
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29 Jul 2014   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Good you found it yourself.

The earliest mention of my find in Jan 2012 here Problem with Bootable Flash Drive :)
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11 Nov 2014   #17

windows 7 64 bit
Change flash drive type to hard disk

I have an opposite problem. I have a new ScanDisk 64 gig flash drive. I loaded it up with misic. I want to add it as an additional location in the Music Library. Windows 7 won't allow this for removable drives. How can I force Windows to change the drive type to hard drive?
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11 Nov 2014   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

TMK (To My Knowledge :)) that is not possible.
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09 Mar 2015   #19

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit Service Pack 1

Hello all, sorry to dig up an old thread but I have the same problem. did anyone find a way that wasn't a workaround?

I contacted Western digital and they said to update the firmware on the drive and my computer drivers. I did all that and no change.

My problem is I have a backup utility that uploads an automatically encrypted backup to online storage space. The way it is configured, because my computer sees my external drive as a hard disk, if I start it up without having my drive mounted, it assume the data has been deleted and deletes the files. I contacted the program owner and they said the disk needs to be recognised as a removable device for this not to happen. I was given the following explanation to what is happening:

"Under Windows, a drive is considered external if the API function GetDriveType does not return DRIVE_FIXED. CD/DVD drives, USB & firewire devices, and mounted network shares are all treated as removable. If the hard drive is reporting it's a "Local Disk," then it is reporting DRIVE_FIXED - it's telling the Windows operating system that it is permanently mounted inside the case to your computer."

Problem is, if WD think that the problem should go away after using their latest firmware the problem (assuming WD is right) has to be something in my windows set up doesn't it?

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09 Mar 2015   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Welcome decksie.

This thread deals with Flash drives showing up differently than as a Removable drive.

Your problem is different from what little I understand.

You will be better off to start a new thread with your problem stated ab-initio.. That way it will catch and get the required attention from others.
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