Memorex USB 8GB drive that shows 0 B available. I don't know if it's mechanically broken or something is wrong with it.

Even disk part shows it as (See Disk 2)

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Any ideas?

EDIT: The bios shows it as 2231 PRAM...


3 Answers 3


The No Media status is a very bad sign. It usually means that the USB flash controller chip has lost the connection(s) to the memory chip(s) - it's a hardware problem.

Unless the data is very valuable (insert 4-5 figure number here) - then you can ask one of the specialist data recovery centers - you can only throw the stick away and get a new one.


I've run into this myself. Here's how I solved it when I saw the USB drive as a 2XXX PRAM device in Device Manager and it was missing from My Computer/This PC:

  1. In Device Manager, find the PRAM device. If it's missing, unplug the drive and plug it back into a USB 2.0 port. Once you find it in Device Manager, right-click, uninstall.
  2. Confirm as necessary so the device is uninstalled.
  3. Unplug the device, then plug it back into a different USB port. If you have a USB 3.0 port, use it now.

Result: the drive appears as a normal USB drive as it's supposed to. Format it at your earliest convenience.

I think this happens if you format the drive as an EFI bootable disk.


The "No Media" would bother me. Is it showing up in the Device Manager? Disk Manger? How old is it?

Assuming there was nothing critical on the disk, I would try this:

select disk 2
list partition
select partition 1
delete partition

Then create and format it again.

  • 1
    there is no partition on the drive to select :-(
    – Matt
    Jul 16, 2011 at 0:20
  • Then try selecting the disk in diskpart, and running "clean", and "recover". Then try to re-create the partition. Also run "detail", and see if is shows anything.
    – KCotreau
    Jul 16, 2011 at 0:27
  • Of course, I am leaning to it simply being bad. Maybe it has a long warranty. A lot of them do. I checked, most Memorex have a two-year warranty.
    – KCotreau
    Jul 16, 2011 at 0:35
  • At least if it is not under warranty, a new Kingston 8GB flash drive is only $13.
    – KCotreau
    Jul 16, 2011 at 0:52

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