USB stick previously used as a boot stick for Killdisk not recognized

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  1. Posts : 278
    Windows 10 Home Edition 64 bit
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    USB stick previously used as a boot stick for Killdisk not recognized


    I created a USB bootable USB stick for use with Killdisk to erase my failed netbook. I now what to be able to use this USB stick for other things.

    My Windows 10 PC does not recognize it as being plugged in within file explorer. Attached is a picture of the screen from disk management.

    How do I fix this? Or is my USB stick now useless?USB stick previously used as a boot stick for Killdisk not recognized-devicemanagement.jpg
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  2. Posts : 19,260
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
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    Just delete that middle partition and it will be all unallocated so you can initialize and format it .
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  3. Posts : 278
    Windows 10 Home Edition 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Can you tell me what the middle partition is referring to? Disk 5? And do I simply R click and delete?
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  4. Posts : 19,260
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    Alicia J said:
    Can you tell me what the middle partition is referring to? Disk 5? And do I simply R click and delete?
    I presume that disk 5 is that USB stick. only defined partition is that small 1MB in the middle. Right click on it and choose Delete volume. Since other 2 are Unallocated whole thing will become one unallocated partition.
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  5. Posts : 278
    Windows 10 Home Edition 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    If I R click the 1 MB partition, all the options are greyed out.
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  6. Posts : 19,260
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    Alicia J said:
    If I R click the 1 MB partition, all the options are greyed out.
    Might need to use some stronger "medicine": Download [email protected] Partition Manager - MajorGeeks
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  7. Posts : 2,302
    Win10 202H
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    CountMike said:
    Might need to use some stronger "medicine": Download [email protected] Partition Manager - MajorGeeks
    Or Minitool Partition Wizard Free , They are at Version 11 now , though I am still using Ver.9 with no issues....

    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Wizard Free
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  8. Posts : 25,399
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Or just use Diskpart in a Command Prompt (Admin). First list the disks to find the number to use for the usb, then select and clean it. After that it will all be unallocated.

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  9. Posts : 278
    Windows 10 Home Edition 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    USB stick previously used as a boot stick for Killdisk not recognized-diskpart.pngOk. I got the command.

    Result: error is access denied. See system event log. What do I look at in the event viewer?

    (I don't really want to install the minitool partition manager with the extra software it's bundled with.)
    Last edited by Alicia J; 31 Mar 2019 at 14:24.
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  10. Posts : 25,399
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #10

    Alicia J said:
    (I don't really want to install the minitool partition manager with the extra software it's bundled with.)

    They also provide a Portable version that requires no install. You can put it on a USB and run it from there.

    MiniTool Portable Partition Magic Brings Easier Disk/Partition Management
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