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Newbie
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎06-12-2014

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

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Ed_P wrote:

The market wants USB drives that are able to be partitioned.  A single partition is fine for 4 GB, 8 Gb even 16GB drives but 128 GB it too big and the number keeps getting larger.  If you want to be sure the USB drive you buy is removable, buy small size. 


In five to ten years, if history is any kind of a guide, 128GB or 256GB sized single partition USB memory sticks might be laughably trivial in comparison with the needs of the 'market'. I myself am having to upgrade to double size once every two years on average (a bit less actually). That is just to keep up with my normal professional tasks. Note that those tasks haven't themselves changed over the years. Just the requirements on the base storage space on a Removable Disk when performing those tasks.

 

It is an extreme act of hubris to try and anticipate just exactly what the entire market will be like in that time frame, and I will try and avoid doing so myself, except by perhaps suggesting again that we look at history as a guide. But I recommend that Sandisk dances to its own tune and not subscribe to Microsoft's shortsighted vision of the world. I would also recommend that the next time they go for such a fundamental change to a key part of their product base, that they atleast provide the tools such that the key customers in that primary market can use the technology as they need to for their particular demands. If they can't provide that flexiblity, then they should get out of the business altogether.

 

And I guess there's no reason to play any cards close to the vest at this point is there? There are several existing programs out there on the market that will partition a USB Removable Disk, no problem. And there are OS's that will recognize all of the partitions on that Removable Disk, no problem. The problem is that none of them are owned by Microsoft, and neither is the patent for such technology. So the only way of being able to partition a USB Removable Disk with Microsoft's default disk management software, and/or to recognize any multiple partitions, outside of Microsoft spending some big money (or using true open source licensed software), is to have the USB memory stick be seen as a Fixed Disk. Gosh, what a surprise. Cat Indifferent

 

I just hope that if Sandisk decides to merrily go along with some Windows-9-to-Go requirement that all USB Removable drives become Fixed Disks, then they atleast provide some facilities for those of us who live in the real world outside of Microsoft's veiled perception of how they thought things would be (as opposed to how they actually are).

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 2,404
Registered: ‎07-23-2010

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

The market wants USB drives that support flipping the "removable" bit with a utility.

 

Then always buy USB drives 16 GB and smaller and you'll have no problem flipping the bit.

 

In five to ten years, if history is any kind of a guide, 128GB or 256GB sized single partition USB memory sticks might be laughably trivial in comparison with the needs of the 'market'.

 

Oh I don't think it will be that long before USB devices are phased out.  SanDisk already has wireless drives out.  USB drives are going the way of floppy and CD and DVD drives.

 

And I guess there's no reason to play any cards close to the vest at this point is there? There are several existing programs out there on the market that will partition a USB Removable Disk, no problem. And there are OS's that will recognize all of the partitions on that Removable Disk, no problem.

 

Yes, Linux and gparted and etc have been around for a long time.  10 yrs ago there was big talk about Linux growing and dominating the world.  You've seen how that has gone.  Don't get me wrong, I've used Linux and even have a Linux system on this netbook that I boot frequently but Linux is still a small portion of the pc world.  But there are others that are growing, some of which didn't even exist 10 yrs ago; OS X, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, etc.

 

The bottom line, the world is changing, the market is changing, change is inevitable, change is life.  No more CRT monitors, no more 20 lb desktop machines, soon no more removable drives.  :-) 

Ed
Important files = Backed up files
Newbie
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎07-15-2014

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

I have the same problem as discussed here.

I had a 64Gb Cruzer Extreme, worked perfectly.

Unfortunately I lost it.

Bought another one and now have a problem.

On my Win8 laptop the drive is not working, I only get "USB device not recognised"..jada jada malfunctioned.

On other computers it works but only as local drive.

 

As I understand it there are different model numbers for the units.

My current not working unit has SDCZ80-064G-G46.

On this page http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-SDCZ80-064G-X46-Extreme-Flash-Drive/dp/B007YXA5SI

it says that the one there ending in X46 is a newer model of this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-SDCZ80-064G-G46-Extreme-Flash-Drive/dp/B00DZPUOUI/

 

I dont have access to the box of old unit right now, but that one came in box. The new one came in a Bubble pack.

Its not mentioned anywere on Amazon or the packing that this is Windows 8 certified, or that it will appear as a Local Drive, or my case not working at all in my Win8 laptop.

 

Im gonna return this item, but how are one supposed to know which model is the removable one?

Very very bad of SanDisk indeed.

Newbie
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎10-06-2014

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

You say SanDisk stopped making the drives with firmware that causes the drives to be recognized as a hard disk.  Do you have any information on model numbers, etc.?  We just purchased a 16GB Extreme and a 16GB Cruzer Glide and they still have the issue.  Not sure if there's a lot of old stock out there?

SanDisk Professor
Posts: 478
Registered: ‎11-27-2013

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

Smiley Happy   Hi Maxdrake,

 

Dear member of SanDisk Community, welcome.

 

Please, you can also send the question to the Support Team: http://kb.sandisk.com/app/ask/

 

Luck, and then you tell us, what happened, please.

 

Regards, Alfred.                                                            (Google translated)

Newbie
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎04-19-2015

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

Thank yuu Bro !! you make my day!! It's work 100% !!! 

SanDisk User
Posts: 72
Registered: ‎04-02-2015

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

+1. Nice work right there Cacho!

Newbie
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎05-02-2015

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

The "defect" was with the original implementation.  The RMB bit indicates whether the device supports REMOVABLE MEDIA. Flash drives do NOT have removable media, any more than a USB Hard Disk does.  A USB CD/DVD drive - yes - you can REMOVE THE MEDIA.  Many of us complained about as you say, the DEFECT - that Flash Drives were incorrectly reporting that they had removable media - no they did not.  Removable device - yes.  Flash drives are the same as USB Hard Disks - they do not contain removable media.  SAN did the proper thing and I congratulate MS for pushing manufacturers to have their devices PROPERLY report what they are.  You are right about DEFECT, but you got it backwards.  And there are ways to safely remove any USB device.  USB SAFELY REMOVE for one.  It can safely remove any USB or SATA drive (many SATA drivers don't allow Hot Unplug contrary to SATA specifications).

Newbie
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎05-02-2015

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

USB Flash Drives have NEVER contained removable media, any more than USB Hard Disks contain removable media - try removing the media.  The BUG was with the original flash drives incorrectly reporting that they contained removable media.  I was tempted to remove the MEDIA from a USB Flash Drive, and then return it as defective.  USB CD/DVD drives DO contain removable media - you can remove the media w/o removing the drive.

SanDisk User
Posts: 40
Registered: ‎06-24-2009

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

Then always buy USB drives 16 GB and smaller and you'll have no problem flipping the bit.

 

I wonder how long will they produce such drives? And why 16, why not 32, then? (FAT32 drive size limit)

Oh I don't think it will be that long before USB devices are phased out. SanDisk already has wireless drives out. USB drives are going the way of floppy and CD and DVD drives.

 

If USB flash drives are being phased out, what external boot options will we have? Wireless?

 

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is what do you have in mind? That is clearly not the present yet as it is overpriced for capacity and maxes out at 64 GB.

 

How about USB type-C for the future?