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My 16gb samsung thumb drive will not format in winxp. i have tried all of the online fixes but none seem to work. the drive is currently in the raw mode.

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    kylemc1985 May 11, 2010

    Hi there.

    What is the error message you're getting when formatting the device?


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Hi again:

Unfortunately, jumpdrives aren't really suppose to be repartitioned. However, you my have to do some tweaking around to fix it. Here's how:

- Right click on the drive in My Computer, and click Properties.
- Click on the Hardware tab, select the device, and click Properties.
- Go to the Policies tab, click "Optimize for performance", then click OK and then OK once again.

The above steps will allow Windows to rewrite the sectors on the jumpdrive (also allowing the NTFS file system to work on the device). Now to repartition it.

- Go to Start > Run, then type "diskmgmt.msc" (without quotes) and click OK. This will start the Disk Management services.
- Right click on the partition on your jumpdrive, and click "Delete Partition...", confirm the deletion.
- Right click on the Unallocated space, then click "Create Partition...", create a partition the full size of the available space. When it comes to the Format option, select "FAT32" and "Quick Format" options. Continue through the wizard and confirm all modifications.

This should allow for Windows to recreate the partition table and file system. Hope this works!

-Kyle-

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Windows was unable to complete the format. I think the drive is toast ie: I used an older version of fdisk and format and it came back and said track 0 bad disk unusable.

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