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sabledog

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i have a crucial flash drive 128 mb 2.0 usb.. gizmo.. flash drive.. when formating a pc.. i left the flash drive in the pc and deleted the partion and format of the drive... can anybody help reformat this flash drive.. the pc which is xp finds the drive... but there is nothing on it and it will not download data.. when i try it ask me to insert drive...
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this is a usb flash drive.. for data storage...not used for camera...
 
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oh sorry. I just assumed it was for a camera. Use Windows administrative tools in the control panel, then open computer management in there under storage is disk management. Format it just like any other kind of hard drive.
 

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ive tried that.. it doesnt list the drive.... only drive it list is the c drive... below that it shows others like the cd rom, floppy.. ect. and it also show the flash drive... but i right click ..it doesnt give me the option to format...
 

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got it to work using computer management...thanks... i have another question.. the flash drive is 128mb... but on the properties is showing only 117 mb... do you have an answer for this... also, when i formated.. i used fat32 not fat... is that what i should have done..
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that's about right. Hard drives are never as big as stated. The loss of megabytes is because on disk cache. Nothing really you can do about it. FAT32 is fine.
 

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It should show up closer to 122 real megabytes, perhaps something else is afoot there.
 
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