One way to Partition a USB Flash Drive from Windows XP and mark it active “bootable”. Windows detects many Flash Drives as “Removable Disks” and flash drives are often shipped formatted as a “Super Floppy” (USB-FDD without a partition table) . The Windows built in format utility cannot create a partition table on Removable Disks. Furthermore, the diskpart utility in Windows XP will not allow you to partition removable media, although diskpart does work for partitioning a Flash Drive from later Windows 8 and 10 versions.
To address the inability to partition a Flash Drive in Windows XP, you need to use a third party low level partitioning tool such as BOOTICE, created by Pauly.
Note: I partition my flash drives as USB-HDD (with a partition table), simply because my computers support booting from Flash Drives formatted to be seen as a USB Hard Disk.
How to Partition a Flash Drive from Windows XP
- Download, unzip, and run BOOTICE.EXE
- First set your “Flash Drive” as the Destination Disk.
- Then click Parts Manage.
- Next choose to ReFormat USB Disk.
- Select USB-HDD mode, and then click Next.
- Now select Fat32 for filesystem and then click OK.
That’s all there is to it. If all went well, you should now have an active USB-HDD bootable Flash Drive. Fat32 formatted with the partition table containing a single partition. You should also be able to Boot It as a Hard Drive.