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  • WinPE Builder error 1 / error 10

    Sometimes when creating a self booting USB using WinPE Builder the process may fail with the error "error building winpe image (10)" or "makewinpemedia failed error level 1".

    makewinpemedia is Microsoft's software for preparing the drive. It isn't very tolerant of different drive configurations on USB flash drives.

    This error will usually mean there is an issue with the partition on the USB drive and makewinpemedia cannot use the partition;
    • The partition is too big to be formatted with FAT32.
    • The USB drive is using GPT instead of MBR for the partition table. But MBR is also limited to 2TB drives.
    • There is an unknown issue with the current partition preventing access
    • For unknown reasons, small USB drives have been observed to give less trouble (<32GB).
    This error can usually be fixed by removing and recreating the current partition in the diskpart tool accessed via a windows command prompt;

    list disk
    select disk <disk number of USB drive>
    convert mbr
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    format fs=fat32 quick
    Related links:
    Using WinPE builder with BurnInTest.
    Using WinPE builder with OSForensics
    Last edited by Tim (PassMark); 08-28-2018, 03:59 AM.

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    You can run WinPEBuilder with the -F option, it will show the FileSystem option. This allows the user to select the file system for the USB drive, which allows for NTFS to be used.

    See example below.

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