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There are three types of damage to the flash drive:
1. Damage Table Partition (Properties: RAW format - used space 0 bytes - free space 0 bytes - see the Picture, a flash drive can not format - see the Picture)
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Firmware damage (if the flash drive is inserted, detected Generic flash drive - see the Picture)
3. Hardware damage or cracked solder (flash drive not Recognize)

To saved data and repair flash drive, you can used the software from the service center - see the Picture. Software to repair Pqi, Transcend, SanDisk, HP, Kingston flash drive.

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Go ahead, unless you have things you want to keep on your flash drive, I'm guessing this is a new one...go ahead and format so your computer can use it

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Just format your flash drive! Before you start formatting your flash drive, transfer all data from your flash drive 'cause when you format your flash drive, it will erase all the data. After you have formatted the flash drive, then you can transfer back the data to your flash drive.

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Sounds like the flash drive or your USB port is having problems. I would try the flash drive on a friend's computer . If it does the same , then it is the flash drive. If it works on your friend's computer, then it's the USB ports on your PC. If it is your PC, let me know. If it's the flash drive, then you need to replace it or depending where and when you bought it., it may be under MFG. warranty.

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

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Hi i got gx270 and i made a bootable acronis disk director on a flash so i can format ntfs to fat 32 as i tried before to install win xp from a flash drive but got a stop message sayin i should check...


First of all I have to ask why you are trying to load FAT32 instead of NTFS. NTFS is the preferred file system for all Operating Systems after Windows 2000. Also, you cannot format the hard drive through the Windows XP installation for larger than a 32 GB partition. If you need a larger partition, I suggest using a floppy drive with the3 WinME bootdisk loaded on it. You can get it here:
Try the WinMe bootdisk from http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

If the above is not the issue than we can move forward with other solutions.

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My flash drive will not open, windows asks me to format it and wen i run the format program i get a message sayin windows cannot complete the format.


Sounds like the flash drive or your USB port is having problems. I would try the flash drive on a friend's computer . If it does the same , then it is the flash drive. If it works on your friend's computer, then it's the USB ports on your PC. If it is your PC, let me know. If it's the flash drive, then you need to replace it or depending where and when you bought it., it may be under MFG. warranty.

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How to format a flash drive or pen drive completely.


Go to dos command , enter your flash drive name with column (:) sign then enter . Then type format , it will ask u to format completely then press y and press enter .

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I just bought a toshiba 8GB flash drive and when i tried to open it to put files on it windows asked me to format it. when i tried to do so it sed that the disk was write protected. is there a way to...


you might switch one of the botton on a side of your usb. In my case hold botton, just push it in opposite side and then insert ir on you computer....then you can format it

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Re-format it from Windows.
Go to my computer.
You will see all disks including removable flash drive.
Click right button on flash drive icon.
A menu will drop down chose format option.
Do not do fast format , chose a complete format.
If you cannot solve the problem in this way then the flash drive is either .
Some Chinese export companies are selling corrupt or counterfeit flash drives of 4, and 8 Gigs, they lose FAT integrity after a while, and when re-formated won't work properly or will work only for a while.
In this case return item to retailer.

Regards

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How to format Hard drive/flash drive


This is a tip explaining step by step how to format your Hard drive. This is as easy as 1 - 2 -3, so lets get the ball rolling.

Firstly, you need to know that this method can also be used with Flash drives, MP3 players, basically any removable drive.

If the drive you would like to follow is a internal Hard drive, and you would like to format it to NTFS format, here is how we do it. Remember, that you will not be able to format your C(System) drive, because, then you will delete your operating system, hence, all other drives can be formatted.

Open "My Computer" and follow these steps:

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The drive shown above is your C(System) drive, If you want to format this drive, you will need to do this when you attempt a clean install of windows.




Say you want to format your flash drive, insert the flash drive into your USB port, and open "My Computer". My flashdrive is Labeled Lexar(H)

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Now just follow these steps.

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Now you are done, the drive has been formatted. Remember, this also works on internal Hard drives, but not your system drive.

Hope you can find this helpful.

Please rate accordingly.

Kind regards
Andrea


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