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    problem with Sandisk Cruzer thumb drive

    I was trying to use this flash drive to create a recovery drive for my Macrium Reflect imaging software.
    I was getting an error message from Reflect that the 1st part of the flash drive was not writeable.
    So I followed a procedure on the Macrium forum that used diskpart to make the drive writeable.

    1st, Macrium then wouldn't recognize the flash drive. Then, Windows doesn't either.

    Is there a way to set the drive back to the way it was before the diskpart; or have I killed the flash drive?

    Thanks for any help offered,
    Dick
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    Most likely the flash drive was on its way out in the first place.
    Try using diskpart to "clean" the drive, then see if Windows will recognise it via Disk Manager.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks Paul. It's a new Flash drive; and the "clean" step was part of the Macrium procedure, referenced here:

    http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/dis...for+Windows+PE

    Dick

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    Paul:
    I may have solved my own problem. I went into computer/manage and noticed that the flash drive was recognized, but had no drive letter. So I assigned one, and now Windows recognizes it.
    Dick
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    I'll stay away from the Macrium procedure as far as using this flash drive for it.

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    When I buy a flash drive which comes with software from the manufacturer the first thing I do is format it.
    If your new drive is devoid of manufacturer partitions then it ought to work for you.

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    Either make the WinPE/MR flash boot or a DVD boot or both. You will need such a device in order to do any restore.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    This is a common problem. Previously, Windows would recognize the drive and assign the next available letter. Now you have to re-letter the drive yourself. This also extends to external drives. If you plug in an external drive, even one that is currently in use, and Windows 8 or Windows 10 has not recognized it previously, you're going to have to assign it a letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mqc1023 View Post
    This is a common problem. Previously, Windows would recognize the drive and assign the next available letter. Now you have to re-letter the drive yourself.
    This is not a problem I have seen or seen mention of before. There are some things that may keep Windows from recognizing and attaching a drive, but it's not normal.
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