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12-Jul-2007, 07:23 AM
Solved: USB Flash Drive Won't Format
I plug it in, click on it, and it says it needs to be formatted and asks if I'd like to do it now. I click yes, start, ok, and then an error message: Windows was unable to complete the format. I tried going into disk management to format the drive; no luck. Couldn't even find an option to format the drive. I've read through some other threads posing similar problems but couldn't find anything useful. At this point, am I out a USB Flash Drive or is there anything I can do to make it usable again? The files on the drive are unimportant; they can be sacrificed.
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12-Jul-2007, 08:12 AM
In Disk Management, right click on the drive, you'll see the format option.
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12-Jul-2007, 08:57 AM
There is no option in disk management for formatting the drive.
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12-Jul-2007, 09:18 AM
Sorry, I'm not buying that. Let's see a screen shot of Disk Management after you right click on the graphic of the drive in question.

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12-Jul-2007, 09:29 AM
Okay, here it is. Am I in the wrong place?
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12-Jul-2007, 05:15 PM
Are you right clicking in the right hand graphic that's under the drop-down? It appears you clicked on the left hand description, that won't work.

Here's what I see when I click where I'm talking about. Note that there is a format option.
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12-Jul-2007, 06:59 PM
Covered up in screen print is a removable disk E that is 3.78 gb...isn't that the flash drive?
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Covered up in screen print is a removable disk E that is 3.78 gb...isn't that the flash drive?
Yep, and the black seems to indicate it's not formatted.
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Had to partition it. Thanks!
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