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flash memory...how to wipe info from it

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jacob3, Feb 9, 2005.

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  1. jacob3

    jacob3 Thread Starter

    Feb 9, 2005
    Well idiot me always plugged the jumpdrive through my front usb port and never had a problem.

    Last night at work, showed a buddy and thought id try it on the comp there, as i was taking it out he said no, click on the task manager to remove it properly i said naaa it's fine. It was.
    Last night at home, thought id try it and again, plugged it in and removed it no problem.
    This morning plugged it in, but for some reason took it out while it was being loaded and read by the computer.

    So it got corrupted, called Sandisk they tried to troubleshoot it and it was fried, they said send it in with proof of purchase and theyll send me a new one.

    Asked them they won't try to fix it or anything, just in case, because i do have some personal files and pictures of friends and family on there.
    He said not to worry. I trust Sandisk and it's a very reputable company, but the other part of me says what if someone actually tests it out, gets it working and checks the files, not good.

    So is there any way to wipe the memory off of it, outside the computer?
    ie - taking a magnet to it? friends said, it won't work because it's a chip, inside.

    the sandisk tech guy walked me thru the process of
    right click my computer > manage > disk management "format" but format wasnt a viable option for the sandisk cruzer mini

    Anyone? Anyone?....
    ...thanks in advance... (y) :) (y)
  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    It's not magnetic media so how would a magnet work? A sledgehammer would though- and I would suspect to physically damage it would reflect badly on a replacement.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    If it's not accessable via the USB interface, the only option would be to take it apart and put the FLASH chip(S) into a FLASH burner.

    If it's that important that you not release the files/pictures, I'd simply smash it and buy a new one, they're pretty inexpensive.
  4. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

    Mar 26, 2002
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    agreed. A 512Mb is about $40 now.
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