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One way to Partition a USB Flash Drive from Windows XP and mark it active "bootable". Windows detects Flash Drives as "Removable Disks" and flash drives are typically shipped formatted as a "Super Floppy" (USB-FDD without a partition table) . The Windows built in format utility cannot create a partition table on Removable Disks. Furthermore, the diskpart utility in Windows XP will not allow you to partition Removable Media, although diskpart does work for partitioning a Flash Drive from Windows Vista/7.

To address the inability to Partition a Flash Drive in Windows XP, you need to use a third party low level partitioning tool such as BOOTICE, created by Pauly. BOOTICE Home Page

Note: I partition my flash drives as USB-HDD (with a partition table), simply because my computers support booting from Flash Drives formatted to be seen as a USB Hard Disk.

One way to Partition a Flash Drive from Windows
  1. Download BOOTICE, unzip, and run BOOTICE.EXE
  2. Make sure your "USB Flash Drive" is set as the Destination Disk
  3. Click Parts Manage 
  4. Click ReFormat USB Disk
  5. Select USB-HDD mode, and click Next 
  6. Select Format as Fat32, and click OK

FIGURES :

BOOTICE Manage Partition

BOOTICE Format USB

BOOTICE Set USB-HDD Mode

BOOTICE File System Fat32


You should now have an active "bootable" USB-HDD Fat32 formatted Flash Drive, containing a partition table with a single partition. You should be able to Boot It as a Hard Drive.

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