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  1. Posts : 530
    Windows 10 Pro 17133.73
       03 May 2017 #1

    USB drive now shown as Basic hard disk


    I used WinToFlash to create a multiboot USB drive and in so doing it converted the Removable USB drive to Basic Local hard drive. Is there anyway to change it back to Removable USB drive? I cannot find how to do this in WinToFlash.
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  2. Posts : 471
    Win 10 Pro 15063.332 (ex-Insider)
       03 May 2017 #2

    Just to be certain, are you sure it was originally a removable drive because San Disk manufactured several USB drives as Local Disks in error. Here is one of them:

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    So, what is the make/model number of the drive in question?
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  3. Posts : 530
    Windows 10 Pro 17133.73
    Thread Starter
       03 May 2017 #3

    @WOT
    The USB drive is a SanDisk Cruzer Glide SDCZ60-008G. It was a part of a three pack and all showed up as Removable until yesterday.
    After the WinToFlash program ran this one now shows up as Basic Local Hard Disk. I just want it back the way it was. Thanks for your reply.

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  4. Posts : 471
    Win 10 Pro 15063.332 (ex-Insider)
       03 May 2017 #4

    Ok, I just wanted to make sure you weren't a victim of the San Disk manufacturing error (like I was). Unfortunately, I cannot provide a proven way to switch that local/removable bit back to removable and I am surprised that WintoFlash actually did it but here is another report of the same issue:

    http://wintoflash.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=43180

    Sorry, I couldn't help but I would recommend using Rufus hence forth:

    http://rufus.akeo.ie/


    Good luck,

    WOT
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  5.    03 May 2017 #5

    WOT said: View Post
    Ok, I just wanted to make sure you weren't a victim of the San Disk manufacturing error (like I was). Unfortunately, I cannot provide a proven way to switch that local/removable bit back to removable and I am surprised that WintoFlash actually did it but here is another report of the same issue:

    http://wintoflash.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=43180

    Sorry, I couldn't help but I would recommend using Rufus hence forth:

    http://rufus.akeo.ie/


    Good luck,

    WOT
    +1 on RUFUS for the future.

    You might try MiniTool Partition Manager (free), delete the partition on the flash drive, then re-format to FAT32. If you have the other flash drives, try copying the original software over to it.

    Honestly I've never had this happen, and it's just a WAG....
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  6.    03 May 2017 #6

    Also, might check here and make sure it's set for quick removal (no write-caching)

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  7. Posts : 530
    Windows 10 Pro 17133.73
    Thread Starter
       04 May 2017 #7

    @simrick,
    Thanks for the replies and the suggestions. After spending the day searching the internet, I cannot find any way to return this USB flash drive to a Removable type. I will just chalk this one up to collateral damage and move on.
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  • Posts : 530
    Windows 10 Pro 17133.73
    Thread Starter
       04 May 2017 #9

    @jumanji
    Yes I ran across this in my search and it did not fix the Flash drive showing up as a local fixed disk. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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  •    04 May 2017 #10

    I assume you are running CU version which now recognises more than one partition on a flash drive. Use diskpart command to clean drive and it should go back to removeable drive.
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