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UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

  1. #290


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hello , anybody kind enough to help me make a decision ... ??

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  2. #291


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,487
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I created my install thumb drive on my Sandisk manually though diskpart. My laptop booted OK from my Sandisk thumb drive. I haven't done a full clean install with it yet, but see no reason why it wouldn't work. I have never used Rufus so I can't comment on that.
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  3. #292


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thank you for your response. I read somewhere that in the process of formatting disks during a new installation it may hangs because the drive is seen as fixed. Someone suggested to disconnect and reconnect the drive , then click refresh. I don't know if it works. Many people complain about this change about new drives, it could break the ability to reinstall from the drive. I really want my drives to be reliable... Aeko also told about this problem, but I don't understand if it causes trouble during the creation of the flash drive or during the reinstallation process, which is far more important to know !
    Hoping to be understood, again , thanks !
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  4. #293


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,487
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The issue Aeko and I saw is that the drive doesn't show up in the utilities used to make the bootable thumb drive. For example when I run the Windows 7 DVD download tool it just says "No compatible USB devices detected" when trying to use the Sandisk drive. My Kinston thumb drives work fine. The Windows tool like Rufus is looking for "Removable Media". It skips fixed disks. To setup my Sandisk drive I used diskpart. I haven't actually done the install from the Sandisk drive yet. I booted from it and went as far as the language selection screen. I don't know if there are any other wrinkles from using that drive.
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  5. #294


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thank you alphanumeric, maybe someone could be more reassuring about using this kind of drive made with diskpart for reinstallation, just for "peace of mind"
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  6. #295


    .ie
    Posts : 35
    Windows 7 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The Windows tool like Rufus is looking for "Removable Media". It skips fixed disks.
    That's the default behaviour, but you can enable the listing of fixed drives in Rufus by simply checking the relevant checkbox in the advanced options. It is left unchecked by default to avoid people formatting a backup HDD while thinking it's their flash drive.

    Unless the device manager has trouble recognizing your flash drive as a mass storage device, I'm not aware of any USB flash drive that can't be detected and formatted in Rufus.

    Also note that I added some new logic in Rufus v1.4.x, to better tell if an USB drive is an HDD or a Flash Drive, that doesn't rely only on the FIXED/REMOVABLE attribute, so that Flash Drive with the FIXED attribute are not eliminated as easily as they previously were.
    This is brand new heuristic code, so it still needs a little bit adjusting (but you can still list all USB drives with the checkbox if you need to).
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  7. #296


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Akeo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The Windows tool like Rufus is looking for "Removable Media". It skips fixed disks.
    That's the default behaviour, but you can enable the listing of fixed drives in Rufus by simply checking the relevant checkbox in the advanced options. It is left unchecked by default to avoid people formatting a backup HDD while thinking it's their flash drive.

    Unless the device manager has trouble recognizing your flash drive as a mass storage device, I'm not aware of any USB flash drive that can't be detected and formatted in Rufus.

    Also note that I added some new logic in Rufus v1.4.x, to better tell if an USB drive is an HDD or a Flash Drive, that doesn't rely only on the FIXED/REMOVABLE attribute, so that Flash Drive with the FIXED attribute are not eliminated as easily as they previously were.
    This is brand new heuristic code, so it still needs a little bit adjusting (but you can still list all USB drives with the checkbox if you need to).
    I knew you fixed that but didn't want to give a big drawn out explanation.
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  8. #297


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Sorry to insist but the important point is : can you perform a full reinstallation of Windows with a bootable fixed flash drive , created by diskpart or Rufus, including the formatting process, without any trouble ??? Thank you :-)
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  9. #298


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by krl01 View Post
    Sorry to insist but the important point is : can you perform a full reinstallation of Windows with a bootable fixed flash drive , created by diskpart or Rufus, including the formatting process, without any trouble ??? Thank you :-)
    YES.

    Using the Windows DVD x32 or x64.


    For USB:

    x32
    USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

    x64
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows


    For LEGACY mode, x32 or x64
    Clean Install - Windows 8

    For UEFI mode, x64 only.
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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  10. #299


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks a lot !
    Now I feel better with my 3 drives , ready for any critical situation.
    Congratulations for this excellent forum !
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