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8GB SanDisk flash drive thinks it’s a hard disk (Local Disk)! : Video

April 26, 2015 Jon 8 Comments

It seems like some SanDisk flash drives get mistaken as hard drives for some odd reason. And it has to do with the flash drive itself as the problem is not computer dependent. ——————–…

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  1. CBSBKKAMcomputerhelp
    April 26, 2015 - 6:01 pm

    I have another question/story to tell. Today I bought a brand new SanDisk
    64GB flash drive at WalMart and I already had another 64GB flash drive that
    I had since July of 2014 and when I plugged both drives in I noticed that
    the drive that I’ve just bought had 1.4GB LESS than than the one I had
    since July of 2014. The old drive has a total of 59.6GB and the new drive
    has a total of 58.2GB and I didn’t put any data on my new drive yet. Is
    this normal or should I return/exchange the drive. I’ll post a picture on
    your Facebook page to show you. I still have the original receipt and
    packaging just in case you suggest that I should return/exchange it. I want
    to know what I should do before I save data on the drive.

    Thank You.

  2. dosdude1
    April 26, 2015 - 6:11 pm

    I’ve seen this with larger flash drives (usually 32 GB or so, sometimes 16
    GB), but never an 8 GB.

  3. j7ndominica0
    April 26, 2015 - 7:01 pm

    Sorry for the misinformation. I didn’t know what I was talking about; and I
    couldn’t reproduce the conversion of a USB to a hard disk. The chip
    specific removable bit is the only thing that matters for Windows.

  4. D Weenie
    April 26, 2015 - 7:49 pm

    Same here with my sandisk 32gb, Its pointless to use now…

  5. Pukkie201195
    April 26, 2015 - 8:36 pm

    This is actually pretty common nowadays.. They’ve done this because the usb
    driver for removal devices is rather limited.

    Local drives allow partitioning, dual boot, Windows2Go and all of that
    stuff, so yeah. This is the way to bypas those limitations.

  6. killaken2000
    April 26, 2015 - 9:14 pm

    I have three sandisk extreme flash drives (16GB / 32GB) that all report as
    hard drives because their “removable bit” is set that way. I’ve heard that
    this was done to comply with Microsoft requirements for Windows to Go.
    Windows to Go is a windows install on a flash drive that you can get as
    part of an enterprise installation.

    Had I known about it I probably wouldn’t have bought them but for files and
    such they are pretty good. Also, you can reset the “removeable bit” by
    using some specialized software that will tell you the chipset you are
    using and then downloading a special tool (based off of your specific
    chipset) to reset it. However, this is only possible on certain drives and
    it could brick the flash drive.

  7. CBSBKKAMcomputerhelp
    April 26, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    I actually do have a flash drive that does this exact same thing and mine
    is a 32gb.

  8. OMNZero
    April 26, 2015 - 10:13 pm

    Install OS 2 USB Drive
    Internal HDD = Storage
    USB Drive With OS Required 2 Boot System.
    Security Feature?

    Could Use USB Drive As Bootable Trouble Shooting Tool Storage.

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