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hello everybody,
i'm asking you the following question:
i used wintoflash to install Windows 7 on a net book by a Sandisk cruzer blade 16Gb.
Originally the pen was seen as removable drive, after the installation it is seen as local drive.
I've tried many way formatting the pen (hdd low level, hb formatting toll and many other) without result.
Can anybody help me to return my cruzer blade as removable drive?





05 Feb 2016, 11:27
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I'm wondering the same question, anyone may help?


28 Feb 2016, 11:01
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I am new to WinToFlash and I have this same issue on a HP Pavilion Notebook 17 g-121wm with a SanDisk Cruzer Glide SDCZ60-008G 8GB. How to I return my USB back to a removable drive?


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03 May 2017, 06:00
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Hello!

WinToFlash doesn't change the drive type in Windows for a USB drive and doesn't work with USB flash drive controller directly, it's standard partitioning/formatting tool.

So, only changes on your USB drive after WinToFlash: partition table and file system. Try to wipe you USB drive with full wipe in WinToFlash Service tab. Remove and insert it again. Format with Windows. It should be OK after this.


04 May 2017, 16:02
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Hi,

From extensive searching yesterday, I am convinced that there is no likely way that WinToFlash could have caused this issue. In fact I am left scratching my head how this could have happened at all since changing the removable bit requires interaction with the flash drive's controller. As for whether or not doing a complete wipe would have fixed this issue, we will never now. I returned the SanDisk Cruzer Glide flash drive to SanDisk this morning for replacement on a RMA. I will just have to chalk this weird experience up to collateral damage and move on.

Thank you support for responding.


04 May 2017, 18:13
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Return drive to normal status (somewhat technical, requires admin access):

1. Open Command Prompt (Run: "cmd").
2. Right click on the Commant Prompt icon in your task bar, then right click on "Command Prompt", select Run As Administrator.
3. Type "diskpart" and hit enter.
4. Type "list disk" and hit enter.
5. Make a note of what number disk your USB is.
6. Type "select disk #", replacing # with the number of your USB drive.
7. Type "list partition" and hit enter.
8. Make a note of the number for the top partition shown.
9. Type "select partition #", replacing # with the number of that partition.
10. Type "delete partition override" and hit enter.
11. If there was more than 1 partition listed on step 7, return to step 7.
12. Type "create partition primary" and hit enter.
13. Close the terminal, open your USB in windows file manager.
14. It should ask you to format the drive, go ahead and do that. (Select NTSB if you need to paste large files in it in Windows, select FAT32 if you plan to use the drive more often in Linux or MacOS)

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