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Can't Format USB Drive - Write Protected

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Robsy128, Mar 21, 2013.

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  1. Robsy128

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    Hey all :)

    I've been searching on Google for the past hour and I can't find any answers to this whatsoever. I'm trying to get into the USB disk (8GB). The make is Verbatim.

    When I try to open the USB stick, it says that I need to format the disk before I can use it. So I try formatting it through Windows, but it fails, telling me that it's write protected.

    I've tried looking under disk management (which tells me that it has a healthy primary partition). I've tried downloading the HP tool, which fails as it still tells me that the disk is write protected. I've tried downloading the famous Repair.zip file (which loads of people recommend on Google), yet it throws an error code saying: "preformat not supports this ic".

    I've also tried going into command prompt and deleting the partition, but that doesn't work either. I really don't know what to do with this any more. Any help would be greatly appreciated - thanks! :)
     
  2. Amd_Man

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    That's usually the tell tale sign that it's toast. I once spent half a day using every command prompt and tool out there to no avail. One major cause of failure with them is not using the safely remove option when removing them.
     
  3. Robsy128

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    That's ridiculous... I've spent years pulling stuff out without safely removing the hardware. l've only just recently bought this as well, which is even more irritating. Is there no way to recover it at all? It's been sitting on a shelf ever since I bought it. I used it once and that was just to make sure it was working.
     
  4. Amd_Man

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    No it's not ridiculous, it's a fact. I'll leave you to it.
     
  5. Robsy128

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    I mean it's ridiculous how I've only just bought the thing and it's already toast. That's like buying a brand new Aston Martin and finding out that the engine won't start.
     
  6. Amd_Man

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    If new it should have warranty I'd imagine. I've seen those usb sticks crap out without warning. Did it work when you first used it?
     
  7. Robsy128

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    It did. And I can't see how it would have gone wrong when it has just been sitting on a shelf for the past 2-3 months.
     
  8. Amd_Man

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    If their not set in Windows for quick removal and you removed it without safely removing it, then that`s all it can take. If Windows was doing something with it in the background and it gets yanked out, it can ruin them. See if you can return it for an exchange if it`s not that old or contact the manufacture.
     
  9. Robsy128

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    I suppose so. I just can't see how I've just pulled out every single USB device I've ever used without ever using the 'safely remove hardware' tool, yet I do it once and this one USB stick seems to go bang.
     
  10. Amd_Man

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    I'm not saying 100% that's what caused it, just it's a known cause. I always use the safely remove hardware on mine and it's 4 years old, used every day.
     
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    With the drive plugged in, go to Start/Search and type diskmgmt.msc Right click the diskmgmt icon in the search results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Disk Management window, if you see your Flash drive there, highlight the partition/volume and right click it and choose to Delete Volume or go up to the tool bar and press the X. Now right click the Unallocated Space and create a new Simple Volume. Format it FAT32. . If this doesn't work then it has failed.
     
  13. Robsy128

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    At the moment my Disk Management window is stuck on 'Loading disk configuration information...' so I'm waiting for that to load up (even though it's been like it for the past 15 minutes) :/
     
  14. SUEOHIO

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    Any kind of a drive can go without warning even if its brand new. a usb is no different than a hard drive.i had 3 brand new seagate 160 gb hard drives die on me. i took them back and they were replaced with WD which to me is a much better hard drive.i use sandisk and kingston flash drives and have had no problems so far.i even use them in my cars to play music and they get a lot of use but still work just fine.
     
  15. PSCO2007

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    In the future, use the "quick removal" option.
    Just might save you from a big headache.
     

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