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#1 StringJunky

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Posted 4 November 2016 - 03:16 PM

I tried to remove two partitions, listed as disk F and G. I deleted the contents first and then tried to get rid of them but no luck. If I try to format them they just come up "Windows was unable to  format...". If I click on the partitions in Windows Explorer it says "Please insert a disk into F". It thinks it's a CD drive.

 

I want to  get rid of the partitions and just have one. Stick is an Integral usb 2.0.


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Posted 4 November 2016 - 03:30 PM

Hold the windows key down and hit the letter R

 

Type diskmgmt.nmsc into the box and hit return

 

Select the partition to eliminate (hatched w in my pic) and action form the list as shown

 

Delete the partition

 

You may also need to follow through by deleting the partitions with the green surround if it is part of a larger partition grouping.

 

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Edited by studiot, 4 November 2016 - 03:30 PM.

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#3 StringJunky

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Posted 4 November 2016 - 05:07 PM

Hold the windows key down and hit the letter R

 

Type diskmgmt.nmsc into the box and hit return

 

Select the partition to eliminate (hatched w in my pic) and action form the list as shown

 

Delete the partition

 

You may also need to follow through by deleting the partitions with the green surround if it is part of a larger partition grouping.

Thanks. Whilst responding to you I managed to create a 'new simple volume' in the larger second disk/partition. There's still the 2mb disk which it seems now that it held a MBR; it was labeled that at one point whilst messing about with it. It's disk 1 and 2 in the image. When I plug the stick in it still says "Please insert disk in F....". I can cancel it and use H but I'm going to get F popping up everytime, asking to insert a disk.

 

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Posted 4 November 2016 - 05:25 PM

Was this a former windows recovery drive?


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#5 StringJunky

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Posted 4 November 2016 - 06:41 PM

Was this a former windows recovery drive?

No, I think it might have had some sort of Integral software in it; maybe locking software perhaps. 


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Posted 5 November 2016 - 12:57 AM

I tried to remove two partitions, listed as disk F and G. I deleted the contents first and then tried to get rid of them but no luck. If I try to format them they just come up "Windows was unable to  format...". If I click on the partitions in Windows Explorer it says "Please insert a disk into F". It thinks it's a CD drive.

 

I want to  get rid of the partitions and just have one. Stick is an Integral usb 2.0.

 

Searching for manufacturer of stick, we can find this:

http://www.integralm...at-drive-why-oc

http://www.integralm...com/faq#t15n276

 

There is also question in FAQ about merging partitions on Integral ICE. Check it also.

 

Did you try formatting (or initializing) it in device like digital camera or other external device.. ?


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Posted 5 November 2016 - 01:21 AM

 

Searching for manufacturer of stick, we can find this:

http://www.integralm...at-drive-why-oc

http://www.integralm...com/faq#t15n276

 

There is also question in FAQ about merging partitions on Integral ICE. Check it also.

 

Did you try formatting (or initializing) it in device like digital camera or other external device.. ?

Thanks Sensei. I'm happy with it now. I've encrypted H: with Diskcryptor and it's fine. I'm not bothered about F:. I'm only playing ande can easily get another stick. What would you say was the most reliable brand of USB sticks?

 

It's quite cool the program is. When the stick is not mounted and if someone stuck it in, all they will see is an option to format the drive because their is no recognised file system on it; it just reads RAW in Explorer. Mount it with DiskCryptor and the contents are all there. Will try encrypting the laptop next.


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Posted 5 November 2016 - 01:23 AM

I had that issue with a palm drive (can't recall the manufacturer). When removed, the disk formatted normally and I use it in another computer. Every other drive I've attached to it booted up with 2 drives, a CD ROM drive. Similar to your issue, which I'm certain is a hard coded overlay.


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Posted 5 November 2016 - 01:24 AM

I had that issue with a palm drive (can't recall the manufacturer). When removed, the disk formatted normally and I use it in another computer. Every other drive I've attached to it booted up with 2 drives, a CD ROM drive. Similar to your issue, which I'm certain is a hard coded overlay.

In one of Sensei's links to the manufacturer site they advise calling them so you are probably right.


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Posted 5 November 2016 - 08:47 AM

I had that issue with a palm drive (can't recall the manufacturer). When removed, the disk formatted normally and I use it in another computer. Every other drive I've attached to it booted up with 2 drives, a CD ROM drive. Similar to your issue, which I'm certain is a hard coded overlay.

 

Check this:


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