Format a read-only partition of an USB Drive

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  1. antonio8909

    antonio8909 MDL Guru

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    #1 antonio8909, Mar 1, 2017
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    Hi,

    I have a 8gb USB with a 16mb's read-only partition and I want to delete it to have the full USB partition but I can't.

    I used MiniTool Partition Wizard but it's imposible.

    OS: Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 15046

    Any way to do it?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. endbase

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  3. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    Than it's hardcoded in the firmware of the usb stick better forget it I guess
     
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  4. twiztidwolf

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    Try this...
    Open command prompt, type diskpart then list disk and find your drive. Then select disk whatever your drive is.
    Then type attributes disk, attributes disk clear read only. That should do it if there is no physical or firmware lock.
     
  5. MrMagic

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    If you write an image (.img) to the USB drive using disk imager, don't they wipe all partitions and write to the full disk?
     
  6. antonio8909

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    So the steps are find an .img file (A Raspberry Pi OS, for example.) Go to Win32 disk Imager and try to flash it? The partition is only 16mb. Will it do it?
     
  7. Tiger-1

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    Hi Bat.1 I like to see again here :biggrin: myself also have problems sometimes ago already make post about this with one 64GB and until now same using hddguru software can solve so I smashed the little drive with one big hammer :sneaky:
     
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  9. Tiger-1

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    @Tito thanks for share this tool although I don't understand nothing of Russian language I anyway download and someday I can need it :) I'm very lazy to translate on FF :p
     
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  10. MrMagic

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    Yep, it won't care about partitions, just the drive itself

    If it works, next use Partition Minitool to delete the partition and create one new primary, hopefully using the full drive
     
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  13. MrMagic

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    What does it say?

    Did you select the actual Disk rather than the drive/partition?, been a while since I used diskimager
     
  14. antonio8909

    antonio8909 MDL Guru

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    It says: Write succesful but I checked the USB and all was intact.
     
  15. MrMagic

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    So it only wrote to the main partition, and left the 16MB out?
     
  16. antonio8909

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    It left the two partitions intact :/