Flip the Removable Bit | Lexar USB Format Tool

The Lexar USB Format Tool Bootit.exe created by Janaki of the Lexar support team enabled users to quickly Format their Jump Drive. Additionally, Lexar’s Format tool included the ability flip the removable bit of a USB drive. A feature not commonly seen with such tools. Flipping the removable bit allowed certain flash drives to be detected as a fixed disk instead of removable media. On older versions of Windows, flipping the hardware bit allowed a USB drive to contain more than one partition.

A Little History on Flipping the Removable Media Bit

Flipping the removable hardware bit used to be necessary if you wanted to partition a USB flash drive from Windows XP, Vista, or 7. This was because the USB drivers Windows used would only allow you to partition local or fixed disks. However, the USB drivers currently used on recent versions of Microsoft Windows, such as Windows 11, 10, or 8 negate the need to flip the removable hardware bit.

Lexar’s tool was once said to work on several other vendors USB drives that use compatible hardware. Though using the tool on an unsupported device may cause unexpected results or even corrupt the drive. So experiment at your own risk!

Lexar USB Format Tool – Flip the Removable Bit

Lexar Format and Flip Removable Bit

Authors Name: Janaki of the Lexar support team.

Authors Website: Project Home Page (no longer active).

File Size: 408 KB

Download BootIt.exe

If you are still using an old Windows operating system with Lexar Jump Drives, and want to experiment with flipping the removable bit. Here is the original tool that we used to use.  BootIt.exe Download

Note: By downloading and using this tool, you are proceeding at Your Own Risk! All liability for any damage the could result from use of any sort are on you, the user. It is unknown why this tool was removed, or even what it could do if used outside of its originally designed parameters for Lexar Specific Jump Drives.