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1answer
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USB not correctly formatted

I have formatted a usb flash drive withs size of 2,5 GB and now it shows me that it's size is 8 MB. How can I fix it to be 2,5 GB again?
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2answers
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Format USB thumb drive

I got the following drive: Device Identifier: disk1 Device Node: /dev/disk1 Part of Whole: disk1 Device / Media Name: SanDisk Firebird Media Volume Name: ...
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0answers
21 views

Unable to ZERO a block device

I seem unable to formate this flash drive, every method offers a read-only error. There is no physical "lock" switch on the flash drive what so ever. sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=1M [sudo] ...
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1answer
24 views

Installing OS from a flash drive's directory?

I have quite huge (64GB) flash drive with some data on it. And I'm wondering if it's possible to create a directory with bootable Windows 7 / 8 / Linux on that pendrive so I'd be able to install OS ...
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1answer
44 views

Can I recover my thumb drive

I was using my thumb drive when I saw a hidden folder named System Volume Information. I deleted this folder thinking it was a virus. After doing that, the windows explorer window disappeared and I ...
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1answer
66 views

Formating pendrive in Ubuntu

The pendrive contains a virus and I'm unable to format it due to write protection and I haven't enabled it. I searched the Internet to format it from terminal but it always failed with write ...
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1answer
7k views

How to format a USB stick (flash drive) with FAT32 for use on Linux and Windows?

I want to format a memory stick for moving data between Windows 7 and a non-networked Ubuntu server (Precise). I'm not sure that either of the two ways I've tried are correct, even though I can read ...
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1answer
740 views

I copied an ISO image over a USB drive, can I format it to use it as a storage device again?

I have a 4GB USB drive and I wrote an iso file to it. Now I want to delete the data on it. Is there any way to take the space back? I used Linux to burn the iso file following these instructions. At ...
0
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0answers
156 views

How to format and re-use a locked down thumb drive?

I recently went to an IT conference where the company Veeam was giving away free plastic cards that had a detachable thumb drive. When I plugged the thumb drive into my Windows 7 computer, Windows ...
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5answers
12k views

How to format pendrive from fat32 to ext3 in windows7?

I am trying to make a live USB of OPHCRACK, and I tried to boot from a fat32 pendrive. But after making a live USB, it wouldn't boot. After searching awhile, I came to understand that ophcrack will ...
0
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0answers
18 views

Small bootable flash drive for Mac

I'd like to boot from a flash drive containing some disk management utilities, like disk partitioning on a mac (MacBook Pro). All the instructions I've seen require an OSX installation disk with a >= ...
0
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1answer
437 views

Recommended Settings To Format USB Sticks

I have always formatted USB sticks (aka flash or jump drives) to the default settings that Windows suggests. Do these settings provide the best performance? Under what situations should they be ...
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0answers
515 views

impossible to format a RAW usb flash drive

I was trying to format my flash USB that is a RAW format. When I plug it windows asks me to format the USB I choose format I choose slow format but after 6 hours not even 1% done. I tried quick ...
2
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2answers
249 views

Format a USB Drive that has a Pre-Installed GUI

I have a 8GB USB flash drive with a U3 Systems GUI on it. I want to re-format it a the pre-loaded interface takes up about 100MB. Nothing major, but I want it gone. The pre-loaded interface takes ...
6
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3answers
7k views

Cannot format my USB Flash Drive after installing Vanilla Chrome OS

I recently installed Chromium OS (Hexxeh's vanilla build) on my 16 GB flash drive. Later on, when I tried to format it, it was showing a total space of 1 GB. I tried deleting partitions in disk ...
3
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2answers
1k views

How can I format my portable hard drive as NTFS?

I have a Transcend flash drive formatted as FAT32. I tried to format it as NTFS, with allocation unit size as 64K. After a few minutes, I got a message saying: The format did not complete ...
2
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3answers
5k views

Installing XP through USB-flash disc

I don't know whether this could be asked here... So, Pardon me for this. Probably, this is based on My laptop and a contradiction to this question asked already here... I tried to format my ...
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2answers
755 views

Cannot reformat flash drive

I have tried to reformat on Ubuntu using gparted, in Windows using their tool, and OSX using Disk Utility. I have also attempted by using the terminal but also failed there. When I verify disk using ...
0
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2answers
727 views

Format vs Erase a flash disk?

I read something sometime ago that erasing instead of format may cause corrupt data in a digicam's memory card. But my question is regarding flash/thumb drive in a similar way, when you want to ...
0
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3answers
3k views

How do I reformat an unrecognized flash drive?

I just got a new flash drive (Corsair Flash Voyager 32GB). I tried to install live Chromium OS on it but I messed something up and decided to reformat it. The formatter froze and I canceled it. Now ...
3
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3answers
4k views

USB flash drive showing “disk not formatted” error?

When I attempt to access the files of my USB flash drive after connect it to my PC running Windows 7, it shows format error saying that it is not formatted. Any way to fix this error?
2
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3answers
357 views

Weirdly-formatted drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make a USB flash drive appear/not appear as a CD drive? I have a 2GB flash drive that was a freebie giveaway at some HP event. The drive works fine, except ...
21
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8answers
113k views

How do I fix my USB drive to get its original 8GB size back?

My USB drive used to be originally 8GB when I bought it. I'm trying to reformatted in Windows 7 by right clicking on the drive and selecting Format.... But the capacity only shows 250MB. Is there ...
0
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2answers
4k views

Format USB Flash Drive to be compatible on Windows, Linux and OS X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which Large File System Format to use for USB Flash drive compatible with Ubuntu/Mac/Windows? I am trying to copy my data from Linux (Fedora ) to Windows OS? My 16 gb ...
4
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1answer
812 views

“Correct” way of UDF formatting a USB drive

I managed to UDF format my USB drive following the instructions in Using UDF on a USB flash drive. Later, I came by this post and I began to doubt... Could anyone explain which would be the "best" ...
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1answer
3k views

How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive?

How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive? It will not mount or format on Windows Vista or OSX Tiger. Disk Utility sees the hardware, but no partition to mount. Testdisk ...
2
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5answers
2k views

1 GB space left, even after formatting a 16 GB flash drive?

My 16 GB USB flash drive (SanDisk Cruzer SDCZ36-016G BL1008OFZB) got corrupted and I was going to format it, when I saw the setting for size only had one element in its dropdown menu: 1.00 GB. ...
0
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1answer
1k views

How can I format a USB drive as limited user without administrative privileges on Windows XP?

I'm trying to format my corrupted USB drive from school, where the Windows formatting tool has been disabled by the Administrator. Is there any alternative utility I can use? (preferably portable, ...
2
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2answers
28k views

How can I low level format a USB drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to completely reformat an USB stick? How can I low level format a 16GB USB drive? I've already confirmed it has bad sectors, so I reckon a low ...
0
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3answers
2k views

Unusable “Geek Squad” Flash drive

I have this brand new flash drive "geek squad" brand that is unusable, I've tried to format it on windows and mac without luck (I just cannot do it neither using the terminal nor via GUI) so I was ...
3
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3answers
375 views

Recover my pendrive

I've got a problem with my pendrive. I haven't used him for 2 months and now when I try to open it it says that it's unformatted. Do you know any program (I prefer something free or opensource) which ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Messed up USB stick doesn't show in blkid

I was playing around with a USB stick (booting archlinux with qemu off of it and trying to perform an installation on the same stick at the same time -- brave, I know, but I was just messing around). ...
0
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1answer
895 views

HP Usb storage Format tool : Error

I have a 2 GB Kingston Usb drive. This is working fine- I am able to format and access from 'My computer' I am trying to format this drive using HP USB Storage format tool to load a bootable image ...
3
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3answers
1k views

How to create a filesystem mountable by windows in linux?

I have attached an external USB disk to my debian gnu/linux system. The disk showed up as device /dev/sdc, and I prepared it like this: created a single partition with fdisk /dev/sdc (and some more ...
5
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3answers
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“Windows was unable to complete the format” - Can't format flashdrive!

I have a 8GB Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive that I had ruined a while back trying to make it bootable. Anyway now when I click on it I get a message that it needs to be reformatted to be used. So when ...
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3answers
112 views

Problem with opening pen drive

I've a Pen Drive. And I'm not able to format it.. when I'm going for formatting it shows that its formatting but even after half an hour its still formatting... The PD is not opening. and AntiVirus ...
0
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4answers
3k views

Kingston USB flash drive formatting problem !

My 2GB kingston flash drive is not being formatted in windows XP OS !! When I try to format it, it doesn't get formatted through windows standard formatting option or even in Partition magic 8.0 (DOS ...
6
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8answers
19k views

USB drive not showing full size

I have a 4GB usb-drive. Just now i have formated it with fat filesystem. But after fomating its only showing 200MB instead of 4GB. I am using windows VISTA operating system... I am frightened.... Can ...
0
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2answers
7k views

How to change usb file system?

How to change the traditional file system of a usb flashdrive(fat32) into ntfs or other file system?
3
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1answer
675 views

I have a broken USB drive, that shows as two physical disks, one with a negative size

My USB drive has broken quite spectacularly. What has happened is that I used to have one, 1GB pendrive. Now, apparently, I have two physical disks (yes, physical disks not partitions - linux and ...
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0answers
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How do I recover files from an USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: flash drive ejected improperly- lost files I have a USB flash drive that claims it needs to be formatted every time I put it into my computer (Windows). Yesterday the ...
6
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7answers
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“Need to format the USB Flash drive” message… can the data be recovered

I have a USB flash drive, that when plugged into any machine (XP, Vista or Windows 7) the following message is displayed: Indeed looking at the drive in Disk Managment the file system is recognized ...