How to Make a Removable Drive Local

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How to Make a Removable Drive Local
Trick Windows into thinking the USB flash drive is a local drive to gain complete access. (usb flash drive image by Bosko Martinovic from

In Windows, not all storage devices are created equal. Removable drives do not have the same privileges as local hard drives. One of the biggest differences is the inability to partition the removable drive. Luckily, this can be easily remedied using a free utility that tricks the system into believing the removable drive is actually a local drive. The utility flips a switch, so to speak, on the removable drive and gives it all the rights of the on-board storage devices.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Removable Media Bit utility
  • USB flash drive

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  1. 1

    Download and install a removable media bit utility. Lexar makes a freely available utility, BootIt, that can accomplish this task.

  2. 2

    Launch the utility.

  3. 3

    Insert the removable drive. Click "Flip Removable Bit" within the utility.

  4. 4

    Exit the utility. Remove the drive. Re-insert the drive and Windows will now recognise the removable drive as a local storage drive.

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