The Creators Update supports multiple partitions on USB drives

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Microsoft’s work on the Creators Update has been closely observed and anticipated through the Windows Insider builds that the company has been regularly rolling out.

Now, the grand update to Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is finally available and users are digging deep into the OS’s latest additions to see exactly what has changed, down to every detail. This includes everything that has been broken by the update, as well as everything that works according to plan.

Multiple partitions on USB flash drives

The Creators Update allows users to create multiple partitions on USB drives and this has made many users very happy. This is, of course, excellent news for those who often rely on partitioning their USB drives for various tasks and purposes.

However, up until recently (meaning the launch of the Creators Update) it wasn’t possible for users to see more than one of the created partitions at a time.

For those who have always dreamed about having a fat32 partition right next to a NTFS partition on a USB drive, this new feature is a dream come true. Users all over the Internet have taken to forums to celebrate this useful new feature. Here’s what Solkre said on Reddit:

When I have to image 5 or less machines I usually make a clonezilla USB with a boot partition, and a image store partition. As far as I can remember, until the creators update, windows was unable to work with anything but the first partition on a USB. Now I can see both partitions and interact with them properly in Explorer.

Those who are skeptical about the authenticity of this discovery should also know that this new feature is also present in the updated version of Microsoft’s MSDN documentation as follows:

In Windows 10, Version 1703 you can create multiple partitions on a USB drive, allowing you to have a single USB key with a combination of FAT32 and and NTFS partitions. To work with USB drives that have multiple partitions, your technician PC has to be Windows 10, Version 1703, with the most recent version of the ADK installed.

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