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dotfusion, on 27 Feb 2013 - 23:21, said: @x23piracy, I have searched high and low for more more information ob this odd behavior. But all i can find is either not reliable or solutions such as the one tried. No real reason as to why or what is the problem. I suspect it has something do to with the way the partition tables are setup on the source media (in this case a san disk usb drive.) I would start there. amaltom61, on 01 Mar 2013 - 12:41, said: I had the same problem with a 2.0 8 gb drive. I found a fix on the net, Just create about 150 mb or more of unallocated space in the hdd or ssd you are trying to install windows Resizing a partition would do the trick but do a full back of the drive just in case Stimpy, on 01 Mar 2013 - 17:12, said: Windows setup will run a refresh on the USB bus at the point that you are having problems with. One way to get around it, is to pull the USB disk out, then put it back in, and go back one step of Windows setup, and try again. This works in most cases with this error. bphlpt, on 01 Mar 2013 - 17:15, said: The questions remains. Why is this happening with this particular brand/size of USB stick while it is not happening with others, and how to prevent this behavior? Cheers and Regards Stimpy, on 01 Mar 2013 - 18:46, said: It's a good question. I also own the same drive, and have the same issue with it. I have a feeling that the controller in the stick is slow at initializing, and is simply not fast enough for Windows Setup. If you watch the USB stick when Windows is setting up, you can see that it's being initialized, (just before setup asks what drive you want to install Windows on) as my mouse and keyboard also disconnect and reconnect at the same time. amaltom61, on 02 Mar 2013 - 13:05, said: Stimpy can be correct. One way i found to solve this problem is to create some unallocated space in the drive(150 mb or more). bphlpt, on 04 Mar 2013 - 08:00, said:
Even though you weren't talking about that, I don't know why it wouldn't work. I've reformatted them before, Fat32 and NTFS.
OK, I went looking for references. Yes you can do it, but it seems it is not as easy to do as I thought, at least for everyone. Some folks say the standard built-in Windows 7 tools do it automatically, some say they don't. I still haven't tried it, since I don't have a USB stick available to partition at the moment. Some references say that that you need to flip the USB removable bit so that Windows will see the stick as a fixed drive before you can partition it. I also found two different tutorials or how to partition a USB stick here and here. So, yes, one way or another it can be done.
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Stimpy, on 04 Mar 2013 - 16:59, said: Yeah, I have looked in to this a while ago. And found that you cannot partition this USB stick. It needs to be seen by the system as a fixed drive, but for whatever reason, Sandisk are not interested in helping their customers out with this, as it is a simple change to the drives firmware, like you described. There is a rumour going round that Sandisk are going to realease an updated firmware that will make this drive compatible with Windows To Go, and turn it into a fixed disk. I think that's unlikely, but you never know! Have a look here, it seems Sandisk support simply does not care.