Saturday, May 21, 2011

How to create MBR partition table on USB Flash drives like mp3 player?

Creating MBR Partition table on USB flash drives like mp3 player, video player makes your audio and video files playable with your player. If your USB flash drives partition table is corrupted or partitioned with GPT/MSDOS/PC98 partition table, sometimes it makes all your files unplayable with your player and the player reports with File system Error or No valid file format. Using Disk Part Utility in MS Windows we can easily create the MBR Partition table.

[Last updated on July 8, 2012] 

* USB Flash Drive (mp3/video player).
* Windows 7/Vista Setup DVD.

1. Backup all your data from USB Flash drive to your Hard disk.
2. Open Command Prompt with administrator rights.
  • Type cmd in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter. (Or)
  • Go to Start menu > All programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator. 
3. Type and execute the following commands in the command prompt to use Disk Part tool:
    SELECT DISK 1               (here my flash drive disk no. is Disk 1)
    FORMAT FS=NTFS         (Format process may take few minutes)
4. Now you are leaving the Disk Part tool but Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute two more commands at the next step. Just minimize it.

5. Next insert your Windows7/Vista DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive. Here my DVD drive letter is “G:” and USB drive letter is “H:”

6. Now type each cmd in command prompt and hit Enter key.

7. Now "All the file(s) were written successfully on the targeted volume" message will be displayed.

8. Finally your USB Flash drive was successfully partitioned with MBR partition table with NTFS file system. You can format to FAT32 filesystem if NTFS does not works.

9. Now you can check this by opening Disk Management > Select View menu > Top > Disk List.

Note: Make sure that your USB Flash drive is not set to Read only mode. It may create an error while formatting the disk.


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