When I insert the usb drive into my vista os computer, I am told that the disk needs to be formatted. I believe that this would erase my xD picture card. What do I do. The files from this card downloaded perfectly to my daughter's mac laptop.
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Format prompt comes due to the card's data access status.after back up your picture at MAC computer you can proceed for format (FAT 32 Recommended). Also you can use camera to format pictures. Next time it wont show format prompt
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In Windows, go to the disk management utility and see if the disk is listed. (In Win 7, this is Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Create and format hard disk partitions.) For XP and Vista, the directions are similar but do differ a bit. Look at the bottom of the window, to see the list of disks. (Disk 0 is your main hard disk; do not reformat this by accident.)
Assuming the disc is correctly connected to the enclosure and is seen by the computer, you should see it listed as a removable drive. Note: you may need to change the USB port. The MX100 is an enclosure for 3.5" hard disks and needs the AC cord plugged in as well.
You may want to connect and turn on the enclosure when the computer is off, then turn it on. Then turn on the computer. This will hopefully allow the USB drivers to note the new device.
For the Mac OS, look for the Disk Utility.
If you still don't see the drive, check that the cover (and plugs) are completely seated. (Turn off the enclosure first.) Try the hard disk in another enclosure or a USB/SATA hard drive adapter. (If you have a desktop with a free SATA data port and power connector, try connecting the disk directly to the computer. (You need to determine if the enclosure is faulty or the disk itself is bad.)
I hope this helps. Please add a comment with your OS and if you see the disk in the disk management utility, if you need additional assistance.
Cindy Wells (This enclosure will work with older versions of Windows, back to Win98Se. However, I don't believe all of those versions came with disc formatting utilities. In that case, you would need a third-party partitioning software (Partition Magic, Paragon Partition Manager). If this disk was in another computer and you want to save the data, try copying the data before reformatting. This may be easier to do with the USB/SATA adapter or the direct connection to the motherboard of a desktop.)
<b>Steps to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Vista or Windows 7 OS<br />
Microsoft Provides a tool to do this for you - Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool which is available for <a href="http://images2.store.microsoft.com/prod/clustera/framework/w7udt/1.0/en-us/Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe">download here</a>. If you need instructions on how to use the tool, see the Microsoft Store Help on the ISO-Tool (<a href="http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool">http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool</a>).<br />
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<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Please follow the steps below</span><br />
<li>USB Flash Drive (4GB+)</li>
<li>Microsoft OS Disk (Vista / Windows 7)</li>
<li>A computer running Vista / Windows 7</li></ul>
<b>Step 1: Format the Drive<br />
</b>The steps here are to use the command line to format the disk properly using the <i>diskpart</i> utility. [Be warned: this will erase everything on your drive. Be careful.]<br />
<li>Plug in your USB Flash Drive</li>
<li>Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start >
All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select "Run as
<li>Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:<br />
list disk</span><br />
The number of your USB drive will listed. You'll need this for the next step. I'll assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1.</li>
<li>Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same
window. Replace the number "1" with the number of your disk below.<br />
<span>select disk 1<br />
create partition primary<br />
select partition 1<br />
format fs=NTFS<br />
</span><span>When that is done you'll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.</span></li></ol>
<b>Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable <br />
</b>Next we'll use the <i>bootsect</i> utility that comes on the
Vista or Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable. In the same
command window that you were using in Step 1:<br />
<li>Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.</li>
<li>Change directory to the DVD's boot directory where <i>bootsect</i> lives:<br />
<li>Use <i>bootsect</i> to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive
prepared for a Vista/7 image. I'm assuming that your USB flash drive has
been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:<br />
<span>bootsect /nt60 g:</span></li>
<li>You can now close the command prompt window, we're done here.</li></ol>
<b>Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive<br />
</b>The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the
files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you've copied
all of the files the disk you are ready to go.<br />
<b>Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB<br />
</b>This is where you're on your own since every computer is
different. Most BIOS's allow you to hit a key at boot and select a boot
Friends i have seen thousand of laptop cd/dvd rom stops working very soon. then the quesion is how you do intall your os if it was corrupted. follow my tip and install windows7 or vista in very simple way.
a) first insert your usb flash drive or hdd in usb port b) then open commandprompt from accessories with rightclick run as administrator c) you must know what is drive letter of your usb flash drive. d) type DISKPART in command prompt and press enter e) then type LISTDISK in command prompt f) Next type all the below commands one by one. Here I assume that your disk drive no is “Disk 1”.If you have Disk 2 as your USB flash drive then use Disk 2.Refer the above step to confirm it.
So below are the commands you need to type and execute one by one:
SELECT DISK 1
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
(Format process may take few seconds)
g) Next insert your Windows7/Vista DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive. In this guide I will assume that your DVD drive letter is “D” and USB drive letter is “H” (open my computer to know about it).
h) Maximize the minimized Command Prompt in the 4th step.Type the following command now:
D: CD BOOT and hit enter.Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.
CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.
i) Type another command given below to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.
BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: J) Copy your Windows 7/Vista DVD contents to the USB flash drive.
Eject the usb drive and select first boot device usb drive or usb hdd in motherboards bios.
When the flash memoryUSB hard drive device appears to malfunction it maybe possible to restoreit by reformatting it using a computer with Windows OS. Insert the flash or USB hard drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - AdministrativeTools - Computer Management - Disk Management.
Then right click on Disk 1removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted itwill indicate that it is Healthy.
You need to format the flash or external drive. Format thedrive as primary drive and in FAT32. (FAT32 will allow data to be exchangedbetween MACs and PCs also between XP/Vista and earlier versions of Windows).
You can reformat your Asus eePC 100h notebook using an Ubuntu Live USB.Here is how to make one:
1. Download an Ubuntu ISO Disk image from www.ubuntu.com or a debian ISO image file from www.debian.com.
2. You can also use an existing Live CD to create an ISO Disk image with if you have a working PC around.Many free tools exist for creating disk images.I suggest Ashampoo Burning studio or CDBurnerXP.Search for them on google.
3.Get your hands on a working PC that has Windows XP/Vista/7 installed on it.
4. Download the UnetBootIn utility from http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/unetbootin-windows-latest.exe.
5.The procedure for creating the Disk Image is as follows:
(a)Requirements:1 GB or larger USB drive, formatted as FAT32(most USB drives come formatted as FAT32 by default, but if you need to format it, on Windows, go to My Computer->right click your USB drive->format.
On Windows XP, you must be logged on as an administrator; on Windows Vista and above, you will be prompted for permissions via UAC. On Windows, the UnetBootIN software looks like this:
Follow the guided prompts on the software to make your Live USB drive, and be careful to select the corrrect linux distribution on the window. When done, safely remove the flashdrive from the PC and plug it in your Asus eeePC 100h notebook. Boot up your notebook and press the F2 Key as the system starts up and select the USB flash drive as the first boot device(You can also do the same from the BIOS setup). When you boot up with the Ubuntu Live USB, select "Try Ubuntu without installing" option to run the Live OS on RAM. When the system boots up completely, go to System>Administration>Gparted and the Gparted Disk utilitty will run. From the Gparted menu, select the appropriate partition you want to format or modify. You can read more on Gparted here. When you are done partitioning and formating your HDD as you desire, you can also install Windows XP/Vista/7 from a FlashDrive by following the instructions below:
1.Get your hands on a working PC with Windows XP/Vista/7 installed. 2.Download the WinToFlash utility from http://wintoflash.com/download/en/ 3.Install the application on the PC. 4.Once you are done,insert a Windows XP CD in the PC's optical disk drive and follow the installation instructions from WinToFlash. By default, the installation path for Windows XP files on the drive is DRIVE LETTER:/Windows/system32. See the screenshot below for more details:
This will walk through the steps to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Vista or Windows 7 OS. These instructions assume that you have a computer with Windows Vista installed on it. Required: ·USB Flash Drive (4GB+) ·Microsoft OS Disk (Vista / Windows 7) ·A computer running Vista / Windows 7 Step 1: Format the Drive The steps here are to use the command line to format the disk properly using the diskpart utility. [Be warned: this will erase everything on your drive. Be careful.] Plug in your USB Flash Drive Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator” Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window: diskpart list disk The number of your USB drive will listed. You’ll need this for the next step. I’ll assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1. Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same window. Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below. select disk 1 clean create partition primary select partition 1 active format fs=NTFS assign exit When that is done you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable. Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable Next we’ll use the bootsect utility that comes on the Vista or Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable. In the same command window that you were using in Step 1: Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive. Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives: d: cd d:\boot Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer: bootsect /nt60 g: You can now close the command prompt window, we’re done here. Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you’ve copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go. Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB This is where you’re on your own since every computer is different. Most BIOS’s allow you to hit a key at boot and select a boot option. I used these instructions to get my new Dell Mini 9 laptop loaded with Windows 7 (the PDC bits). HTH.
let me suggest i ur able the flash drive icon when you go in desktop or my computer then right click on that drive and click the option format and follow instructions, if you are able to format successfully, then no worries if formatting is not done.....
ii) then try to keep your windows'xp or vista cd in the cd tray and restrat system and follow the procedure: formating system(dont wory im nott going to install or reloading OS ), when u reach a position where u see all the partition(like c, d ,e drive ... with memories), u will also see the flash drive partition along with hard-disk partion separately...
now click on the flash drive partition and press the button D to delete partition and follow instruction after do this , press C to create partition and u will see that a letter(e, f..) will be given to our flash drive.... now quit xp (by pressing ESC, donot proceed loading XP or vista) and now restart system and i think ur flash drive will work.....
You don' t say what OS or even type of computer (PC, Mac, Windows XP, 98, vista etc) you are running, or whether the drive has been used before. If it's a new drive then it probably needs formatting, so you can allow the OS to do that. If it contains data that you need then DO NOT allow the OS to format it.
If you know it is formatted & contains data, then it sounds like the OS is not recognising the format. Windows 98 typically won't recognise NTFS disks formatted on Windows XP for example or Linux Ext3/4 format disks won't be recognised by Windows. In the latter case, you can download a free driver which will do that for you - google Ext 4 and Windows.