Windows 7 USB and No compatible USB devices detected

Last Modified: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:46:00 +0000 ; Created: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:37:47 +0000

Using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and run into "Windows 7 USB and No compatible USB devices detected"?

The tool doesn't like some USB drives (especially large hard drives inside enclosures).

Just create it manually with diskpart and 7-zip (from a Windows 7 64-bit or 32-bit system of course).

Notes from above link in-case it goes dead:

Open an admin cmd prompt (Start, cmd, ctrl+shift+enter)

 list disk
 select disk #
 create partition primary
 select partition 1
 format quick fs=fat32

Extract the Windows 7 ISO to the root of the drive.

If you want NTFS instead of FAT32 you also need to do "Bootsect.exe /nt60 X:" which you will find the bootsect.exe on the extracted drive in \boot\bootsect.exe

This does erase everything on the USB drive. Be careful.