SCCM USB Stick not booting

If you’re having issues with an SCCM USB stick not booting, that perhaps used to, then it most likely needs some manual input to help it go through.

When you build a USB stick in SCCM, you have the option to Format the USB stick and make it bootable but even after that, it still doesn’t work. Note that the BIOS does recognise it as a bootable media and shows in the bootable devices so that makes you think even more that there’s a different problem.

The solution for the SCCM USB Stick not booting is pretty simple, follow this step and you should be good (these had to be followed already prior SCCM 2012).

  1. Connect the USB stick to a Windows Vista+ device.
  2. Run a command prompt as administrator.
  3. Type DISKPART and press enter.
    1. The command prompt will now take a few instants to go start diskpart
  4. Type LIST DISK and press enter.
    1. This will return the list of disks attached to the machine. Note the Disk Number. In this example we’ll assume the USB disk is DISK 1.
  5. Type SELECT DISK 1 and press enter.
  6. Type CLEAN and press enter.
    1. This command will wipe everything off the USB stick. Make sure you selected the right disk 🙂 .
  7. Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY and press enter.
    1. If you receive an error here, then you most likely need to grab a new USB stick.
  8. Type SELECT PARTITION 1 and press enter.
  9. Type FORMAT FS=FAT32 QUICK and press enter.
  10. Type  ACTIVE and press enter.
  11. Type ASSIGN and press enter.
    1. This will assign an available letter to the drive.
  12. Type EXIT and press enter to leave diskpart and repeat this step to exit the command prompt.

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Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1

I see lots of administrators struggling with this error especially when they replace an HDD on a machine and then try to re-image it. Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1 is an error that also come up when you’re imagining a brand new Virtual Machine.

What does the error mean? 0x800700A1 means BAD_PATHNAME. The reason why you get this error, most of the times, is due the fact that the task sequence isn’t able to find the path because the drive is RAW.

sccm_error_0x800700a1

In order to fix this you will have to initialize and format that Hard Drive. If you are in the SCCM’s WinPE environment, simply press F8 to get to the command prompt and type the following:

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