Multi Partition a USB Flash Drive in Windows

Posted by tech master  |  at  5:47 PM 30 comments

Ever wondered how to set up more than one partition on a using Windows XP? In the following tutorial, I'll show you how to do just that. But first, let me explain how it works. By default, a USB flash drive is detected by Windows XP/Vista as removable media and thus will not display more than one partition. In addition, Windows will not allow you to multi-partition removable media. However, if we can make Windows see the USB flash drive as a fixed drive, Windows will then allow us to create multiple USB flash drive partitions. Windows will also detect and display those multiple USB flash drive partitions.

In order for this to happen, we need to flip the Removable Media Bit (RMB) on the USB Device. This will tell Windows that the flash drive is a fixed disk and not removable media. After successfully flipping the bit, you'll be able to multi partition the flash drive and Windows will display all partitions.
How to Flip the Flash Drive Removable Media Bit:
Warning: This tool will not work on all flash drives and it could potentially mess up your drive. No warranty is being offered, USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! backup all information from your USB device before proceeding.

  1. Download the Lexar tool and extract to you
  2. Plugin your flash drive and run the executable
  3. Select the option to Flip Removable Bit:

  4. Then, remove and reinsert your flash drive. Your flash drive should now be detected by Windows as a fixed disk (not a removable disk). You can check this by right clicking the device and checking the device properties.

How to setup multiple flash drive partitions in Windows:
The following assumes that you have already Flipped the Removable Media Bit
  1. Navigate to Start -> Run and type diskmgmt.msc in the dialog box then click Ok
  2. From the window, right click your flash drive and select the option to Delete Partition:
  3. Right Click your flash drive again and select the New Partition option:
  4. Follow the New Partition Wizard and create a "Primary Partition". Once you get to the dialog box to set the Partition Size, be sure to set the Size to be smaller than the drives capacity to leave free space for the next partition:
  5. Continue through the Wizard, giving your device a drive letter and formating the partition. I recommend a Fat32 partition.
  6. After you have created the first partition, you can create additional partitions using step 3-5 on the unallocated empty space that remains on the drive:
  7. Once finished, you should have multiple partitions on your USB flash drive that are detected and usable in Windows as separate drives.


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  2. I always want to create another partition in my USB. Thanks =)

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  4. What an impressive post is this one. I would like to appreciate you for sharing this quality information with us. I was eagerly looking for this quality information that how can we go for the multiple partition with in a USB Drive.
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  5. Any idea how to revert the RMB back to a removable drive? I'm trying to install a USB version of Ubuntu on my 16 gb drive that I've flipped the bit on, and I can't figure out how to flip it back so that the software will see my drive as a USB and install to it.


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  7. I have been getting so frustrated with trying to partition my USB. This tool worked straight away. Thankyou so much!

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  9. This does not work. I tried it with a 256M Kingston drive and it always recognizes it as a removable drive. I tried a 1GB flash drive and it did not work either. I used Windows XP Pro and Windows 7 Pro.

  10. I have tried it on Windows XP, Windows 7 and on XP mode, but "Flip Removable Bit" didn't change anything. USB flash disc partition is still the same. :-(

  11. Could you list the model of flash drives this operation has worked on? I have tried two models (Adata C802 8GB and Microcenter generic green 8GB). Neither of these would show the second partition I created with another program. Disk manangement won't even try to map the second partition. Disk management won't give me the option to delete partition and create a smaller one than the max size of the flash drive.

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  18. Doesn't work for 64bit OS

  19. Doesnt work with my OCZ deisel 16gb Flash drive...:(

  20. Hello all,

    You can't boot windows XP from a floppy disk the way you used to be able to with DOS. One handy way to easily boot XP is by using a USB flash drive. The flash drive's capacity is actually a limiting factor though. Thanks a lot........

  21. I had no idea you could partition a flash drive. Thanks for the info. Steve.

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