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Unbrick USB after flashing XPE boot on it


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Howdy,


After I flashed USB sticks with Xpe boot images, it would create 2 partitions on it.

 

This creates a problem where if you delete 2 partitions through Windows Partition manager, it bricks the USB.

 

Is there a way to recover the USB after Xpe partitions?

 

It basically doesnt see the partition after you re-create it.

 

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^^^ this is how it looks like in partition manager

 

It does not show up in the explorer.

 

I edited the USB in MiniTool Partition Manager also, but it still shows nothing.

 

I'm not really trying to recover XPE partitions. Just trying to make the USB usable.

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Do you intend to re-use the stick as a normal storage device? Otherwise deleting the partitions for XPE is not a good idea.

 

To clean the stick run the CMD as Administrator:

 

- diskpart (CMD changes to DISKPART>)

- list disk (you should see a list beginning from 0 that shows all connected devices/drives and their size)

- select disk X (< replace X with the number of your USB drive, be absolutely sure about this)

- clean (this wipes all(!) partitions from the drive)

- create partition primary

- active

- format fs=ntfs quick (this formats the stick with NTFS, for FAT32 change it to fs=FAT32)

- assign

- exit

- exit

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On 4/26/2021 at 11:48 PM, jensmander said:

Do you intend to re-use the stick as a normal storage device? Otherwise deleting the partitions for XPE is not a good idea.

 

To clean the stick run the CMD as Administrator:

 

- diskpart (CMD changes to DISKPART>)

- list disk (you should see a list beginning from 0 that shows all connected devices/drives and their size)

- select disk X (< replace X with the number of your USB drive, be absolutely sure about this)

- clean (this wipes all(!) partitions from the drive)

- create partition primary

- active

- format fs=ntfs quick (this formats the stick with NTFS, for FAT32 change it to fs=FAT32)

- assign

- exit

- exit

 

Thanks!

 

It's throwing an error after "clean" command.

 

DISKPART> clean

DiskPart has encountered an error: Access is denied.
See the System Event Log for more information.

 

I looked at the event log and got this:

Cannot zero sectors on disk \\?\PhysicalDrive7. Error code: 5@0101000F

 

There is some kind of special partition formatting that must be present on USB.

 

I found this page:

https://www.pendrivelinux.com/restoring-your-usb-key-partition/

 

And unbricked the USB with:

https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter/

 

This worked perfectly! Thanks for helping me with this issue @jensmander !

 

 

 

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