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I have a USB flash drive, which I may have mucked up, so I used DISKPART's CLEAN to clean it up. I created a simple volume, and tried to format it. (This is all using Windows' disk management.) I was told The system cannot find the file specified.

So I tried using DISKPART (as an admin):

DISKPART> select volume 9

Volume 9 is the selected volume.

DISKPART> format recommended

DiskPart has encountered an error: The system cannot find the file specified.
See the System Event Log for more information.


As you can see, no luck.

When I plug the drive in, the computer makes a beep noise as though it has recognised something, but nothing appears in My Computer

How can I format the disk so I can use it again?

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is anything showing up in Device Manager? Try different usb port... –  Logman Nov 24 '12 at 14:42
@Logman I tried a different port, formatting still failed. The device appears under Disk Drives in Device Manager (properties says it's working properly), but still nothing in My Computer, and no formatting –  ACarter Nov 24 '12 at 15:06
try running CheckDisk? >chkdsk /r /f –  Logman Nov 24 '12 at 20:17
In DiskPart do: 'SELECT VOLUME 6' then 'FORMAT RECOMMENDED', you format a volume, not a disk. –  Peter Hahndorf Nov 24 '12 at 21:24
@PeterHahndorf you mean eventvwr. –  joneshf Sep 20 '13 at 15:56
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UNetbootin can create a bootable Live USB drive, or it can make a "frugal install" on your local hard disk if you don't have a USB drive. It loads distributions either by downloading a ISO (CD image) files for you, or by using an ISO file you've already downloaded.

Try using UNetbootin to format and create a live linux on your thumb drive directly. If this does not work, I would use UNetbootin to create a PartedMagic live cd/dvd/usb (device other than the one you are having troubles with) and boot to it and try to access the problem usb device and wipe it clean with Parted Magic.

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