TBWinPE Error

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  1. puff-m-d

    puff-m-d Registered Member

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    Hello,

    Ever since this last update to IFW (2.74), I am unable to create a boot-able USB drive. I get an "an error occurred while writing to the device" every time with makedisk. I can create an ISO and burn it to CD/DVD with no problem. Any ideas?
     
  2. Brian K

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    puff-m-d,

    Are you using TBWinPE or a TBWinRE?
     
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    PE on a USB drive, been doing this for quite awhile, but cannot create it now since nuw version.
     
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    If I understand correctly, I cannot because I am using Vista. I will try RE once Win 8 is released though.
     
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    Does the error happen with any flash drive you try or just one?

    I haven't tried a build with the 2.74 version, but I don't think anything changed that would affect it. Are you using the makedisk.exe from the downloaded TBWinPE files or a newer version with IFW?
     
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    It happens with any flash drive, I have both reformatted and checked them for errors but they are fine. Systems sees the flash drive and can read and write to it also.

    I am using the makedisk that is in the TBWinPE package. Is there a newer one? It looks like the IFD and IFL are the same versions as the one with TBWinPE (1.4.7.0).
     
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    That's the same version I have. I just ran a build and it completed successfully.

    Does it make any difference what USB formatting options you select?

    What size is the flash drive?

    Is the error for sure coming from makedisk?

    Do you have it setup on another computer? If so, does it work from there?
     
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    I have always used partition and default geometry. No partition always would create but would not boot.

    Drive is 8 GB.

    Error window is titled makedisk.

    Only system I have.
     
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    Hello,

    The system I have been trying on is a Vista HP x64. I took the complied TBWinPE folder and copied it to my flash drive. I then took it to a Win 7 x64 and copied that folder to the desktop. I ran makedisk from there and it worked perfectly. I now have a good boot-able TBWinPE flah drive. So it is obviously not the software itself but something on my Vista machine causing the errors. The only thing is nothing has changed that I know of that would cause anything like this. I would go to the TB forums, but I cannot create an account there to post. They were supposed to help me get an account set up, but they dropped the ball. So, does anyone have any ideas at all as to what could be going on?
     
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    Hello,

    Since no one including myself seems to know how to proceed, I have sent an email off to TB support. Being a holiday, I probably will not receive a reply until Tuesday or Wednesday. In the meantime, all suggestions are still very welcome.
     
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    Do the IFD and IFL makedisk programs create a flash drive okay? It's all the same setup, except that the data is much larger for the WinPE version.

    Does the error happen immediately after it starts writing or at some point in? Also, does the error happen at the same point every time?

    Are there any other USB devices plugged in that weren't before or ones that may be causing conflicts?

    Does it work if you use a different USB port? Directly into back, for example, instead of a front port or hub?

    Have you tried uninstalling the device in Device Manager, unplugging, and then letting it reinstall when plugged back in?
     
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    Hello,

    IFD and IFL both fail also.
    It fails immediately after the prompts about reformatting and losing data just as it should be starting to write. The reformatting is not happening so it is failing very first thing.
    All hardware including USB devices are the same as 6 months ago so has been working for a while.
    Same error no matter what USB port.
    Have tried uninstalling device drivers numerous times and let reinstall upon insertion of drive but still same error.
     
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    Is anything different with any security software? Perhaps something blocking access? Is anything logged?
     
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    All security apps have been the same for months and has worked with them numerous times. Checked all logs and nothing is showing up as blocked.
     
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    Hello all,

    Well, I have been working with David from TBU for the last two days. After DiskMon logs and ProcMon logs, several re-formats of the USB, moving files to another computer to see what happens, disabling and uninstalling possible conflicts, and the list goes on. As always it came down to something so simple, you feel stupid in the end. I had installed AppGuard a few months back and had the MBRGuard set to disabled. Sometime between the last two IFW updates, I had enabled MBRGuard. That is all it was, MBRGuard was blocking the format of the USB. Disabled MBRGuard, rebooted, and makedisk worked Hence a little bit of knowledge to pass on to others, if you are using any software that blocks MBR changes and makedisk gives you a write error, just disable that MBR software and you should be good to go.

    Thanks to all that provided their time and help!!!
     
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    Thanks for the update. I was thinking it had to be something like that -- nothing else really made any sense.
     
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    Thank you for all the time you spent helping me! Very much appreciated!
     
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    :ouch:
    Good for you and kudos to TB/David for sticking to it.
    Every little bit helps
    FWIW: I've found TB to be so solid it has helped me learn and 'debug' my set-up on multiple occasions, and when David gets involved you are working with a remarkable engineer.
    :thumb:
     
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