I wanted to make a bootable USB drive using Rufus. I opened the program went with all the default options and I clicked start BUT what I forgot to do is to select an iso because I thought it would just make the disk bootable without selecting anything. Unfortunately it did not. It gave me an error. I do not remember it because this was about 6 months ago after I gave up in fixing it. Anyway I tried to reformat it again using diskpart and it fails. With Rufus it says "ERROR while partitioning drive" and I think that was the initial error as well. Also during the struggle I got messages from windows saying that the disk is write protected and NO, there is no switch for that on the USB pendrive.

More info:
Transcend 16 GB
Rufus 1.4.9,
Frustrated student :/

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  • Thenks for the reponse but I am not familiar with fdisk. Googling what it is right now!
    – IskandarG
    Nov 16 '14 at 16:32
  • I am using windows... What I have seen is that its only available in linux ? Should I go with process using vmware to install linux ? and go from there ? or any other suggestions before proceding.
    – IskandarG
    Nov 16 '14 at 17:46
  • No, sorry, I missed the OS. Can you add the result of a list partition in diskpart once you have selected the usb?
    – Paul
    Nov 16 '14 at 20:50
  • Done...but I made a link because I can't post images as of yet.
    – IskandarG
    Nov 18 '14 at 10:33
  • Inlined the image. Nice trick to learn is cut and pasting it without image: Right click in the cmd shell, select mark. Use the mouse to mark all relevant text. Then copy. If markup gets in the way then prefix with four spaces or encapsulate in <pre> and </pre>.
    – Hennes
    Nov 18 '14 at 10:48

I got messages from windows saying that the disk is write protected and NO, there is no switch for that on the USB pendrive

A very common indicator that the flash memory on your USB drive became defective, and that the USB controller switched to read-only mode to give you a chance to read your data, if possible. Flash memory is not everlasting and will fail as you use it, eventually. This can happen while using Rufus or while simply copying files using Windows Explorer.

If you still have concerns that it was Rufus that damaged your flash, please see this.


Windows gives this kind of error, when it is unable to perform write operation on the disk.

In your case, pen drive file system might have been corrupted.

I've faced similar issue when the installation process terminated forcibly.

I had fixed pen drive using Linux system.

Boot to Linux system, open 'GParted', select your pen drive, format it in NTFS file system. By the time it finishes formatting, hopefully your pen drive would be in a working condition


It kinda feels odd answering your own question. Anyway I fixed the flash by using Transcend's very own flash drive recovery software that is available on their website. I guess Ill only be buying external storage from Transcend and I would recommend everybody else to buy their products just because of this. Also, when I see lots of people saying that your flash drive became defective or something I just do not want to believe them especially when your product is still new or not that old for I have proved the 'experts' wrong right here!

Helpful links: http://www.transcend-info.com/Support/Software-3/

And Rufus did break it there is no denying that. To the creator of Rufus fix your bug and stop denying that your program is dangerous to flash drives!

  • Rufus gets downloaded about 2 million times a month. If it broke flash drives, it would be exceedingly obvious. Please inform yourself about what formatting and repartitioning a drive really boils down to if you still need to be convinced that it is simply not possible for an application like Rufus to damage hardware.
    – Akeo
    Jan 12 '16 at 16:11
  • I hope you know what I mean by 'broke'? it is a figure of speech. When this happens to consumers they will think its broken and throw it away because it does not work anymore which is the same as broken but technically it is not. My flash drive is still working by the way. Your right and I am right but the consumers will unfortunately, in most cases, will not think so.
    – IskandarG
    Jan 18 '16 at 19:24
  • Agreed with Akeo. Theres way more probable that actually windows or something in it broke it, not Rufus itself.
    – Overmind
    Nov 1 '16 at 7:40

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