How can a flash drive be a hard drive

By syzygy027 ·
I had a computer with Windows XP on it, and a computer with Windows 7. I had a flash drive in the XP computer so long that it switched positions from removable storage to hard drive. The flash drive still works on other computers. I deconstructed the XP computer and put the hard drive in my 7 computer as a slave, and I didn't uninstall the operating system from the drive, and have no intention of doing so. The main drive is still in the computer and still runs 7 for it, and no settings have been transferred from the XP computer. Here is the issue now: when I put the flash drive into the windows 7 computer windows ties to recognize it as a hard drive instead of a removable drive, and it causes the device to malfunction. I can see the device as a hard drive, then it says that the drive is lost. Any suggestions?

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How can a flash drive be a hard drive

by jlouis45 In reply to How can a flash drive be ...

This is something new which I havent tried but I would like to suggest you, if you can disable the USB in BIOS and check if the machine works fine ? then provide the boot preference as only hard drive and disable all other options of booting with CD, USB, NETWORK etc and see if it behaves as you expected.

I have tried with multiple OS on same machine and multiple harddrives for booting. This is something new which I havent tried. Extrodinary Brains!

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Depends on the driver

by oldbaritone In reply to How can a flash drive be ...

Where the device appears on your "My Computer" list is largely a function of the hardware driver.

You can get USB adapters for hard drives and CD-roms, and everyone expects those devices to appear in the correct location. So it's left up to the driver to identify itself as a particular type of device.

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