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Recently I purchased an ADATA C802 8GB flash drive. Since the drive was new I decided to run some of the HD Tune Pro (v4.50) performance tests on it, mostly just for the heck of it.

To avoid accidentally destroying data HD Tune refuses to write to a drive unless there are no partitions on the drive. If you do attempt to write to a drive with partitions, it posts the message "Writing is disabled. To enable writing please remove all partitions."

As you would expect, the ADATA came formatted with a single primary FAT32 partition in the Master Boot Record. But a number of unexpected things happened when I attempted to delete that partition.

  1. The first thing I tried was to use the Windows 7 (64-bit) Disk Management tool (diskmgmt.msc) to delete the partition. It would not let me. The context menu choice to delete that volume was not available.

  2. Next I opened up a command prompt window with Admin authority and ran diskpart. Diskpart deleted the volume for me. However, when I attempted to run an HD Tune write test on the drive I still got the "Writing is disabled" message. Huh???

  3. So I fired up a utility I happen to own which allows viewing drives at the sector level and verified that the partition table in the Master Boot Record was empty. No partitions. Yet HD Tune still thought there were partitions on the drive?

So why was I still getting the "Writing is disabled" message from HD Tune Pro? And why wouldn't the Windows 7 Disk Management tool let me change the partitions on this drive.

After doing the above, I plugged the ADATA into my MacBook. I was then able to format it as either a GPT or MBR partitioned drive with no problems. I am not looking for suggestions on how to format this drive. I can do that.

What I do not understand and was hoping I might get insight into is why this drive behaves so strangely under Windows 7? And BTW, what's up with HD Tune Pro?

BTW, if I plug the drive I formatted on my MacBook back into my Windows 7 64-bit system I still run into road blocks with the Disk Management tool. For example, I cannot delete all the GPT partitions on the ADATA so I can convert it into an MBR drive. I followed Microsoft's instructions, the instructions just do not work with this ADATA flash drive.

Anyone know what's up with this? It makes no sense to me. Has something changed in Windows 7 (Vista)??

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With DISKPART, select the disk, and run CLEAN. Then try to use the benchmark. Let me know if that solves it. –  Breakthrough Aug 22 '11 at 17:57
    
I tried DISKPART and I got an error on CLEAN after selecting the disk: DiskPart has encountered an error: Incorrect function. See the System Event Log for more information. –  travis Jan 25 '12 at 6:57

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There's no need to install any third-party programs, Windows already includes everything you need. Just open up command prompt and enter the following commands in sequence:

DISKPART
LIST DISK

Select the disk that you want to correct. Example: I want to remove all partitions on Disk 1:

SELECT DISK 1
RECOVER

If the RECOVER command doesn't work, try CLEAN.

Disk 1 will be recovered as one complete disk.

FORMAT <option>

Where <options> represent what formatting method you'd prefer. Alternatively, use QUICK.

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This is almost correct. For correct answer, see superuser.com/questions/536813/… –  Gnudiff Jun 8 at 13:12

Try the software MiniTool Partition Wizard.

I've used it before to create and delete partitions on flash media. It may work for you, and it's free.

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I found a simple solution because I had the same problem with HDD Tune Pro.

Just format the card or USB flash drive to NTFS, and then you can delete that NTFS partition using EASEUS Partition Manager without restarting, and voilà, I was able to test write speed with HDD Tune Pro.

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If you can't find anyone who knows how to fix this problem on Super User, it would be worth contacting A-Data themselves at their Support Center.

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