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Make a USB storage non-removable

NarakuITA Page Icon Posted 2022-08-05 11:57 AM
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I bought a 32GB Mini USB and plugged it into the internal USB 2.0 card slot.
Since I'm never going to extract it, is there any way to make windows 98 view it as a local, non-removable disk?
I tried to remove the spunda from the removable option in Device Manager, but when I restart the PC, the option stays selected, and windows always sees it as a removable archive.
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-08-05 12:19 PM
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There are two ways to do it, change the Removable Media Bit on the UDF firmware or modify the driver. Neither are especially pleasant. Or reliable as they depend on the chip.

http://woshub.com/removable-usb-flash-drive-as-local-disk-in-window...
https://www.remosoftware.com/info/steps-to-convert-usb-flash-drive-l...
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NarakuITA Page Icon Posted 2022-08-05 1:02 PM
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A thousand thanks. I'll think about it for a while. It seems like a complex thing.
Are you sure these guides are compatible with Windows 98se?
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-08-05 1:17 PM
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Nope, they won't be. The theory is the same regardless.
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torch Page Icon Posted 2022-08-05 7:17 PM
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I’d recommend perhaps (even though it’s spending more money) some kind of IDE or SCSI internal adapter that ends in a SD card or CF card. That way the system reads it as a local drive. I don’t know what kind of internal bus the system has but if I wanted something semi-permanent, I’d recommend that
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NarakuITA Page Icon Posted 2022-08-06 11:07 AM
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I’d recommend perhaps (even though it’s spending more money) some kind of IDE or SCSI internal adapter that ends in a SD card or CF card. That way the system reads it as a local drive. I don’t know what kind of internal bus the system has but if I wanted something semi-permanent, I’d recommend that


Already done. But thanks for the advice.
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Alt Bass Page Icon Posted 2022-08-06 11:07 PM
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for Windows XP there was a specific driver by HP or somebody else which made USB mass storage drives look permanent. Maybe there is something similar for 98
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2022-08-07 8:51 AM
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I've read that mass storage devices don't need partitions.
Maybe that's one of the reason it's categorized differently on Windows OS.

Just a thought.
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2022-08-07 11:36 AM
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Err, all storage devices have partitions. Operating systems can be fussy about allowing multiple partitions on certain types of removable device, but generally the same rules apply.

The best way to stop it from being removable is to change the RMB, but it can be very difficult to get a flash modifier tool for specific UFD's
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2022-08-07 12:13 PM
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Oh yes, come to think of it you're right. I must have read something that didn't say the facts.
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