I would like to use my 64GB Extreme as a Windows 8 To Go host. However, this does not seem possible unless the drive can be made to be seen as fixed rather than removable. Please may soemone from Sandisk advise if it is possible to do this?
hmmmmm You want to partition the drive so Win 8 doesn’t use the whole thing I suspect and Windows only sees the 1st partition. There are filters, DUMMYDISK.SYS or CFADISK.SYS, you can add to the host accessing the USB drive which will allow you to access multiple partitions on USB drives, maybe that would be a better approach for you?
p.s. Yep - filter drivers could be used to create the Win 8 To Go USB. The problem is that this solution is not portable across many machines (and it is not easy to find the right driver).
The best (only good) solution is to flip the Removable bit in the FW. If sandisk doesn’t enable its sticks for use as as a Windows To Go platform, I feel it is a ‘marketing’ mistake - the market segment will I think be quite big.
Well there is the question about the “need” to create a separate partition for Windows 8. Why not put it on the primary partition? What do you have on it? If files putting them in a separate folder works.
The MBR doesn’t use a partition. And not having Win 8 I’m not sure what it’s setup is but on Windows 7 some installs create a separate partition for the bootmgr file. But that is not a requirement since I have Win 7 machines that aren’t configured that way.
I was under the impression that the Win 8 to Go was an image file that got loaded to RAM then booted. Am I wrong about that?
BTW This might be a better forum to discuss this situation:
There is a need for the Sandisk Extreme to be able to flip the removable bit.
Without it, Windows 8 to go does not recognize it as a fixed drive and thus you are not able to install programs into it.
I.E. Microsoft Office, Anti-Virus etc.
So your entire ‘usual’ workspace is not portable.
Using ChipGenius and UsbDeview we can find the PID and VID but not the controller and thus we do not know what commercially available tools (with reference from flashboot.ru) can be used to flip the bit.
!! An interesting question. And useful info to prior posters.
I’m not sure having it classified as a fixed drive is that bad a thing. Are you not able to remove it and plug it into other systems? So long as it’s working for you, able to read and write data, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. (Though getting backups of it’s files somewhere wouldn’t hurt)
Flash drives are usually manufactured as large floppy disks, no MBR, no partitions. That helps in making them appear as removable and one of the things that one looses formatting the drives needlessly. Your’s at this point I suspect has a MBR and a partition table.
But, erasing the partition and the MBR, it doesn´t show up in windows explorer. And the only way that i know to solve this, is going to “administrative tools” and assign a letter to the unit and it shows up. But of course, first windows ask to add MBR or GPT, create a partition and format it.
The drive, still works fine reading and writing data.
Using it in windows 7, as a fixed drive, it has no trouble to remove it, but in windows XP, It cannot be remove safetly. So I´m interested in returning it´s “removable” setting.
I used the flash drive in 5 computers (windows 7 and XP), and in all the drive shows up as a fixed disk.
Although this topic is marked as solved, it is far from solved. I have still not been able to install Windows to Go on this drive, even though I bought it specifically for that. Can somebody point me to a way to flip the removable bit?