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Default How can I partition a USB flash drive? - 07-12-2009, 15:03 | posts: 1,058 | Location: Brazil

Hello, i have a 64gb flash drive from corsair and i want to partition it, i have already tried Paragon Partition Manager, Gparted, Partition Magic, none of them work, the main issue here is that windows wont see more than one partition, i also tried this trick:

http://www.lancelhoff.com/multi-part...ve-in-windows/

and it didnt work for me, windows still detects it as removable device...

any ideas?

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Default 07-14-2009, 00:33 | posts: 16,460 | Location: Locked in Guru3D Server Room. Help!

It will always show as removable disk, because that's what it is.

Are you trying to install an OS onto it or something?
   
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Default 07-14-2009, 02:29 | posts: 1,058 | Location: Brazil

no, i just need it partitioned into 2 partitions, ill have different filesystems on each partition
   
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Default 07-14-2009, 02:55 | posts: 9,680 | Location: Ireland

isint there a Hewlett Packard utility that does this? found this - http://www.ehow.com/how_2115805_form...jumpdrive.html
   
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Default 07-14-2009, 07:39 | posts: 6,622 | Location: Puerto Rico

Maybe Acronis disk director will work , give it a try. Good Luck.

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Default 07-15-2009, 07:46 | posts: 1,058 | Location: Brazil

the link for that HP utility is down, ill search and see if i can find a mirror for that app

i installed acronis trial, a reboot is required, cant reboot right now, ill try tomorrow and report back
   
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Default 07-16-2009, 19:38 | posts: 13,828 | Location: Cyberspace

I always just use the Disk Management console (Administrative Tools). So far this always worked with all USB sticks.

How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000

Btw: after you partitioned your USB stick, the partitions will of course show up as separate drives - just like a partitioned HDD.
   
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Default 07-16-2009, 23:47 | posts: 1,058 | Location: Brazil

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I always just use the Disk Management console (Administrative Tools). So far this always worked with all USB sticks.

How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000

Btw: after you partitioned your USB stick, the partitions will of course show up as separate drives - just like a partitioned HDD.
how did you get it to work with USB flash drives?

if i try disk management it doesnt even let me create a partition on a usb stick

btw i havent rebooted yet so i havent had a chance to try acronis yet
   
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Default 07-17-2009, 00:09 | posts: 13,828 | Location: Cyberspace

I just plugged it in (4GB Avixe USB 2.0 stick), opened the disk management console (diskmgmt.msc) and partitioned it like you do it with a regular HDD.

Maybe one of those "hacks" works for you, though:

USB Hack: Turn a USB Stick Into a Hard Drive or Local Disk
http://www.getusb.info/usb-hack-turn...or-local-disk/

How To Create Multiple USB Stick Partitions
http://www.ghacks.net/2008/10/16/how...ck-partitions/
   
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Default 07-20-2009, 02:32 | posts: 1,058 | Location: Brazil

sorry for taking a week to reply here, i had to travel on business, anyways here are the results:

acronis didnt work, and not only it didnt work but also made my computer not recognize the flash drive anymore (this is when i started freaking out), after so much crying over my supposed lost flash drive, unninstalling acronis solved (i dont know why)

then i read both cybermancer's hacks, decided to try the first one for looking simpler and "cleaner", and bingo! it worked flawlessly!!! cybermancer, youre my hero! thanks A LOT!!!
   
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Default 07-20-2009, 03:34 | posts: 13,828 | Location: Cyberspace

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then i read both cybermancer's hacks, decided to try the first one for looking simpler and "cleaner", and bingo! it worked flawlessly!!! cybermancer, youre my hero! thanks A LOT!!!


You're welcome.
   
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Default 08-23-2009, 11:56 | posts: 1

dear sir,
Hope you are good. I am able to turn my 64gb usb flash drive into a local hard drive as explained by you. But i am not able to format it to NTFS. Moreover, when i try to create multiple FAT32 partitions, i get error messages.

How can i format it to NTFS and create multiple partitions?

Please keep me posted. Thanks a lot
   
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Default 08-23-2009, 19:08 | posts: 13,828 | Location: Cyberspace

Welcome to Guru3D, tariq786.

Those links should help you:

How to format USB drive and memory stick with NTFS
http://www.online-tech-tips.com/comp...rmat-usb-ntfs/

USB Hack: Turn a USB Stick Into a Hard Drive or Local Disk
http://www.getusb.info/usb-hack-turn...or-local-disk/

How To Create Multiple USB Stick Partitions
http://www.ghacks.net/2008/10/16/how...ck-partitions/
   
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Default 08-25-2009, 01:50 | posts: 1,058 | Location: Brazil

NTFS isnt a good choice for usb sticks, the best is ExFAT
   
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Default 08-31-2009, 02:26 | posts: 1,058 | Location: Brazil

I stumbled across a problem today, i installed vista64 and the driver doesnt work anymore because its 32 bits, i need a local disk 64 bits driver in order to make it work now :\

does anybody know how to obtain a 64 bits local disk driver?
   
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Default 08-31-2009, 15:10 | posts: 18,677 | Location: Turkey

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I just plugged it in (4GB Avixe USB 2.0 stick), opened the disk management console (diskmgmt.msc) and partitioned it like you do it with a regular HDD.

Maybe one of those "hacks" works for you, though:

USB Hack: Turn a USB Stick Into a Hard Drive or Local Disk
http://www.getusb.info/usb-hack-turn...or-local-disk/

How To Create Multiple USB Stick Partitions
http://www.ghacks.net/2008/10/16/how...ck-partitions/

Why we dont have a sticky TOPIC for this kind of useful links? Thank you very much!
   
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Default 08-31-2009, 21:48 | posts: 13,828 | Location: Cyberspace

You're welcome, Mr.Bigtime.

The search function (http://forums.guru3d.com/search.php) is the most useful sticky there is, imo. Otherwise there would be just too many stickies and finding info in a 20 page sticky is going to take a while also.
   
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Default 09-01-2009, 09:55 | posts: 18,677 | Location: Turkey

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You're welcome, Mr.Bigtime.

The search function (http://forums.guru3d.com/search.php) is the most useful sticky there is, imo. Otherwise there would be just too many stickies and finding info in a 20 page sticky is going to take a while also.
ehehe..i mean only ONE master TOPIC ..anyway..yeah man search works great . thanx for this
   
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