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Windows 7 Usb tool not recognizing flash drive.

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July 24, 2013 9:01:31 PM

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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July 25, 2013 2:30:11 AM

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
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October 9, 2013 12:57:55 PM

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?
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October 9, 2013 2:55:33 PM

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.
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January 14, 2014 10:25:30 PM

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.
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March 5, 2014 8:19:13 AM

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.
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March 26, 2014 4:00:34 AM

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!
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April 27, 2014 12:46:18 AM

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!
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