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Old 12-18-2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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Formatted flash drive FAT32 in Linux, shows up as "Local Disc" in Windows


This is more of a curiosity than an actual problem. I have a 16GB flash drive that I installed Linux on. Later I decided that I didn't want the Linux to be on it, and used Linux to format it FAT32. I plugged it into my Windows machine, and it lists it as a "Local Disc." I reformatted it FAT32 under Windows, and it still listed it as a "Local Disc."

Again, this is just out of curiosity, and I plan on installing more Linux OSes on it soon
 
Old 12-18-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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Sandisk? If so, they are now configuring their thumbdrives as hard disks rather than removeable ones. I don't know about other thumbdrive manufacturers. It's evidently a Microsoft requirement to configure your removeable devices as fixed devices in order to be listed as a "certified Windows 8 device". Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot Microsoft???

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http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12830

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Historically, flash drives have been configured as removable disks and Windows Explorer displays them as 'Removable Media'. Windows 8 Certification requires flash drive manufacturers to configure flash drives as fixed disks. Flash drives configured as fixed disk will show up in Windows Explorer as 'Hard Disk Drives'...
 
Old 12-18-2013, 11:01 PM   #3
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MS had a way to cheat it but there was also a flip bit app to change some brands.
Syslinux sometimes seems to do that too.

The reason it is a flash is how one normally would expect to disconnect it. MS sets the cache differently at least.

Last edited by jefro; 12-18-2013 at 11:04 PM.
 
Old 12-21-2013, 12:09 AM   #4
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...so, it sounds like it is a problem that can't be solved without getting really deep into the rabbit hole...bummer. Oh, well; thanks anyway!
 
  


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