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Windows 7 Usb tool not recognizing flash drive.

I'm trying to create a bootable flash drive for windows 7 using their tool, however it is not recognizing my Sandisk glide 8gb flash drive. Whats going on?
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  1. Best answer
    First, confirm the USB is recognized outside the tool. IF you were to go to My Computer, do you see it?

    Yes? Then next step,

    I usually recommend Windows 7 USB Download Tool, bc it breaks down each step clearly, and it looks clean. When it fails, I use Rufus.

    Download link: http://rufus.akeo.ie/

    Just choose device it should recognize your Sandisk, then the Windows 7 iso. Click Start.

    TIP: Make sure you have .NET Framework installed. Cheers
  2. I just spoke with Sandisk Technical Support and they stated that they DO NOT RECOMMEND that ANY of their flash drive products be used as bootable drives. Which I wish I'd known before I shelled out money for this 16 GB Cruz. I wonder if there are any flash drive brands which ARE recommended?
  3. Several Sandisks I have owned has software on it that loads when you stick the drive into your PC. Its been a while and I forgot what they call it. You will need to get rid of it, they have a utility to do it, and reformat the flashdrive as just a normal flashdrive and it will work fine.
  4. aignerad said:
    I just spoke with Sandisk Technical Support and they stated that they DO NOT RECOMMEND that ANY of their flash drive products be used as bootable drives. Which I wish I'd known before I shelled out money for this 16 GB Cruz. I wonder if there are any flash drive brands which ARE recommended?


    That's all I use them for, the 4gb cruzer is big enough for a linux os and small enough to be compatible with older computer boot bios' I don't have a real answer though, I repartitioned my cruzer and now usb utilities don't recognize it as such and the os thinks it's a solid state hard drive. Still works as a boot drive though.
  5. http://rufus.akeo.ie/
    try this.... i think it will work :).
    Enjoy
  6. The newer Sandisk devices I have identify themselves as fixed disks not removable when connected. Odd. It prevents them being seen by the Windows 7 USB tool... but Rufus works just fine.
  7. Many, many thanks for the Rufus tip! I'm here in March 2014 with a new 8Gb Sandisk USB and my Win 7 ISO, and a Windows 7 USB Download Tool that refuses to recognise it. Et voila, Rufus has taken care of the entire process perfectly!
  8. I have a brand new Verbatim stor 'n go flash drive 4gb and i can confirm that the newer usb flash drives are not working in Microsoft Windows 7 USB / DVD tool. Some older ones worked just fine but not the new ones!
  9. The individual above who said they show up as fixed disk drives hit the nail on the head. My new 8gb drive is fixed disk while my 2 year old 32gb drive is removable. The 32 removable is seen while the 8 fixed is not.
  10. I was looking for the solution of this problem and i found it in this thread.. I used the Rufus program to rip my ISO to my scandisk stick that wasnt recognising with the "Windows 7 USB/DVD Downloads Tools" and Rufus works fine to me as well.. thanks!
  11. I used Rufus. When I boot from the USB or from a DVD with Win 8.1, instead of beginning the install process it boots into the existing Win XP. I am trying to create a dual boot Win 8.1 on an existing Win XP system.
  12. I don't mean to necro but I just wanted to thank the answer. Years later and you're still helping people!

    I can't use the auto USB boot exe from MS because my key is from Win 8 (apparently a Win 8 product key does not work with a clean 8.1 install). I tried using the Win 7 tool as directed by an MS customer service rep and it would not recognize my USB 3.0 Sandisk thumb drive.

    TLDR; Rufus worked flawlessly.
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