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08-Apr-2010, 02:23 PM #1
USB Pen Drive Formatting Error
Hi,

I have an 8GB Sandisk USB pen drive, relatively new. Recently when transferring some files there was an error and the drive could not be opened, so I tried to format the drive. The Windows utility could not format the disk, so I have since tried using the command prompt and various file format commands:

format F:/q
format F:/fs:fat
format F:/fs:fat32
format F:/fs:ntfs

Each time I get the following results:

Insert new disk for drive F:
and press ENTER when ready...
The type of the file system is RAW.
The new file system is FAT. (or whatever I tried)
Verifying 8064M
Error in IOCTL call.

Its the final line that has got me stumped.
I've had a search and cant find any solution, so I was wondering if anyone else has come across this, and whether anyone knows of a way to solve the problem.

Im on Windows 7. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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08-Apr-2010, 04:57 PM #2
Did it have the U3 software on it? If so you may have to use the U3 Removal utility to clean and format the drive: http://www.sandisk.com/sandisk-suppo...ownload-wizard
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08-Apr-2010, 06:53 PM #3
Thanks for the reply, it does (or did) have the U3 software on it. I have just tried the U3 Launchpad Remover utility (im assuming that's what you mean?) and it could not recognise the drive at all.

Out of interest though I thought I would try the U3 Launchpad Installer - this recognised that there was a U3 drive, but said that mine was not a Sandisk drive and the software was only suitable for Sandisk compatible drives.

I'm beginning to think that it might be a lost cause and destined for the bin...
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08-Apr-2010, 06:54 PM #4
It may indeed be broken. Any warranty left?
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