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What If I format xp and it wipes my USB?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by TechyForum_Mate, Jul 18, 2007.

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  1. TechyForum_Mate

    TechyForum_Mate Thread Starter

    Jul 18, 2007
    If you have formatted your pc and left your USB Stick in the USB Port and when you finally come to use that USB and it doesn't work, What do you do?

    Go into Control Panels, Administrative Tools and select "Computer Management"

    From here, you'll get a window with a tree view on the left, you want to choose "Disk management" under the storage category.

    You should get a graphy thing down the bottom with a set of partitions like in the picture here:


    So right click on the partition for your USB drive and then delete it. You should be able to right click on it again after that and recreate it easily enough.

    This was provided by CodeWarrior...
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    There isn't a reason in the world that a USB drive would be affected by reloading XP, and formatting it may not be a particularly bright idea if you have data you want on it.

    I'm curious how you came up with this "tip"? :confused:
  3. ozrom1e


    May 15, 2006
    Well since the hard drive was formatted and the drive was not recognized by the USB port the first thing I would do is install an operating system and make sure the USB port was working. USB ports usually do not read anything until an OS is installed and your post says nothing about any OS being installed. If there was an OS installed I would first then make sure the USB ports were working and also would have put the thumb drive into another computer to make sure that the data was or was not there. If the data was not there I would have installed a recovery program to recover the data from the thumb drive.

    The one other thing I would not have done is post a fix that is not a good fix and also incomplete. I would suggest that you redo your post and correctly.
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