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My flash drive could not be used anymore. I tryed to format it from windows/administrative tools/storage devices but says that the format could not be completed!

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Flash drives do often break. If it will not format and does not show up when you plug it in then I'm afraid you might have to buy a new one. Luckily, they can be found very cheaply at sites such as play.com and amazon.

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How to format flash drive? can't open the flash drive.


You have to be the computers administrator to change any values on any hard drive on your computer.


Click start control panel user accounts on the users tab click the name of the computer administrator you must have full control


Click start click to open on my computer you should see your usb drive could be E: or something right click select properties there will be an array of options

select the sharing tab option then advanced sharing make sure you have a tick in the share this folder box


then click permissions make sure you have all 3 boxes ticked full control changes and read in windows 7


Click start control panel user accounts click on the administrators account if you have made one or you will have to create one in windows XP


w7

First, please disconnect all USB devices and then perform the following steps:


Click "Start" button, type "devmgmt.msc" (without quotation marks) in the "Search" bar and press "Enter". Click "Continue" if necessary.



In Device Manager, double click to expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers", right click on the Host Controller, click "Uninstall" and click "OK".



Repeat the step 2 to uninstall all items under "Universal Serial Bus controllers".



Then, restart your computer and Windows 7 will reinstall all USB controllers automatically.

Click start control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you could see a yellow question / exclamtion mark? ! or a Red X
right click to reinstall drivers.

If your computer came with a motherboard disk the drivers could be on it.

If you can see your usb drive but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver if this fails to fix the problem


Check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red white green black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems for a computer and its parts.


Click start click on my computer you should see your usb drive
right click on it then select format

another way is to control panel administrative tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select format

If you need more help with this post a reply

Hope this helps.

Nov 22, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Steps to create a bootable Vista or Windows 7 USB flash drive for the purpose of...


<b>Steps to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Vista or Windows 7 OS<br /> <br /> <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 /> <br /> or <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Please follow the steps below</span><br /> <br /> </b> <b>Required:</b><br /> <ul> <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 /> <ol> <li>Plug in your USB Flash Drive</li> <li>Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start &gt; All Programs &gt; Accessories &gt; Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator"</li> <li>Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:<br /> <span>diskpart<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 /> clean<br /> create partition primary<br /> select partition 1<br /> active<br /> format fs=NTFS<br /> assign<br /> exit<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 /> <ol> <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 /> <span>d:<br /> cd d:\boot</span></li> <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 option.<br /> <br />

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Disk Drive Shows Up In Device Manager But Not My Computer


When you install a disk drive, Windows installs the disk drive's drivers and assigns the disk drive a Drive Letter. When your disk drive shows up in the Device Manager, but is nowhere to be found in My Computer, this means the drivers installed, but Windows didn't assign the disk drive a Drive Letter. The following procedure will help you to assign your disk drive a Drive Letter in Windows XP, Vista & 7. Note: You cannot modify the drive letter of your main partition on your PC.

Windows XP
  1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance. Note: If you do not see Performance and Maintenance, go to step 3. Performance and Maintenance appears in Control Panel only if you use Category view. If you use Classic view, Performance and Maintenance does not appear.
  3. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
  4. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use.
  7. Click OK.
  8. You can now close any open Computer Management, Administrative Tools, or Control Panel windows.

Windows Vista
  1. Click on the Start button and then choose Control Panel.
  2. Click on the System and Maintenance link. Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Just double-click on the Administrative Tools icon and skip to Step 4.
  3. In the System and Maintenance window, click on the Administrative Tools heading located near the bottom of the window.
  4. In the Administrative Tools window, double-click on the Computer Management icon.
  5. When Computer Management opens, click on Disk Management on the left. Disk Management should appear on the right side of the Computer Management window after just a few seconds of loading. Note: If you don't see Disk Management listed, you may need to click on the '> icon to the left of Storage.
  6. On the right-hand side of the screen, locate and right-click on the drive that you wish to change the drive letter of and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  7. In the Change Drive Letter and Paths window, click on the Change... button.
  8. The Change Drive Letter or Path dialog box will appear. Choose the drive letter you wish to assign to this partition. Click OK.
  9. The Confirm window that appears advises you that "Some programs that rely on drive letters might not run correctly. Do you want to continue?" Note: If you have software installed to this drive, the software may stop functioning after a drive letter change. Nearly all software defaults to the primary drive though, so this is rarely a concern.
  10. If you're sure you want to make this change, click Yes.
  11. You can now close any open Computer Management, Administrative Tools, or Control Panel windows.

Windows 7
  1. Click on the Start button and then choose Control Panel.
  2. Click on the System and Security link. Note: If you're viewing the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won't see this link so just click on the Administrative Tools icon and skip to Step 4.
  3. In the System and Security window, click on the Administrative Tools heading located near the bottom of the window.
  4. In the Administrative Tools window, double-click on the Computer Management icon.
  5. When Computer Management opens, click on Disk Management on the left side of the window, located under Storage. After a brief loading period, Disk Management should now appear on the right side of the Computer Management window. Note: If you don't see Disk Management listed, you may need to click on the '> icon to the left of the Storage icon.
  6. On the right-hand side of the screen, locate and right-click on the drive that you wish to change the drive letter of and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  7. In the Change Drive Letter and Paths window, click on the Change... button. The Change Drive Letter or Path dialog box will appear.
  8. Choose the drive letter you wish to assign to this drive by clicking the letter from the drop-down box on the right. Click OK.
  9. The Disk Management window that appears advises you that "Some programs that rely on drive letters might not run correctly. Do you want to continue?" Note: If you have software installed to this drive, the software may stop functioning after a drive letter change. Nearly all software defaults to the primary drive though, so this is rarely a concern.
  10. If you're sure you want to make this change, click Yes.
  11. You can now close any open Computer Management, Administrative Tools, or Control Panel windows.

on Feb 16, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I have purchased a new one Kingston 16GB Data traveler 101, but this not working . How can you solve my problem. pksharmadps@yahoo.com


Insert it into the USB port, at rear of your computer or if you are using a laptop try different ports.
Now if your computer/laptop works with other USB devices, then we can assume that USB Support has been enabled in the BIOS/CMOS.
Double click on My Computer while the USB drive is in your computer/laptop. Right click on the USB Drive and select format. If you do have information on your drive it will be lost!!! Do a backup first.
Format your drive using either FAT32 or NTFS, if NTFS is available then use it as it is a better Allocation table format.
If this procedure can't be done, navigate to the control panel and Double Click Administrative Tools.
Now double click Computer Management. Under the storage field, select disk management.
Select your USB FLASH DRIVE, Right Click and select format.

Your drive should be ready for use.
If it is still not detected you could try it in a friends computer/laptop.
Alternatively you can take it back to the company/person that you bought it from as it may fall under warranty/guarantee.

Best Wishes!
Thanking you
damnor01

Dec 16, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Installed Windows 7. Keep getting message of Low Disk Space on Recovery D drive. How do I fix this?


This message is coming because of the low space on the drive.So please delete the data from the drive.and empty the drive.
thank you

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How to install Windows Vista/7 using bootable USB storage device


How to install Windows Vista/7 using bootable USB storage device Requires:
- Windows Vista/7 DVD 0r installation source (setup backup files)
- A 4GB USB 2.0 Storage device (Its recommeded to use USB 2.0 device for optimal performance)
  • Plug your USB storage device.
  • Run CMD and execute the following commands one by one.
  • Diskpart
Run Disk parition utility
  • List disk
To get disk index that is used to pefrom disk paritioning.
  • Select disk 1
Selects disk to pefrom disk paritioning.
  • Clean
Flush your existing all USB drive's partitions.
  • Create parition primary
Creates a parition as primary parition.
  • Format recommeded
Format your USB drive w/ recommeded parameters. (No need to worry about file system format)
  • Active
Set the parition as active to hold bootmgr.
  • Exit
To quit Diskpart utlity
Now copy all Windows Vista/7 files to USB storage device... thats all.
  • Boot your PC w/ it, you can install Windows Vista/7 via bootable USB storage device.
Note: If you face any trouble to boot w/ it or unable to boot, try this
FIX.
I:\Boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 I: Where I: is the drive letter of USB storage device

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Need administrator password


there are many programs out there that can clear off passwords, and you can even use a flash drive to do it. so u just simply put the files on the flash drive.. pop it into the locked pc, restart the pc and then follow the directions on the program. I will not say the names of these programs as people can use them maliciously

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Hi, I have a computer into which I want to boot without the Hard Drive using a Pen Drive. I tried PortableApps application installed in my 8 GB Flash Drive and unable to boot with it. The Operating System...


Your pen drive needs a boot sector and an operating system.

1.) Format the Pen Drive using HP format tool found HERE. It's a 2 MB download. There is also a link to Windows98 system files. You need those if you want to boot your computer in MS DOS from your pen drive. The above method will not let you read/write to NTFS drives.

2.) If you want to boot a semi-functional windows from your pendrive you need "BART's PE Builder" found HERE, and a windows instalation CD (the list of supported Windows versions is found on the same site). "Barts pebuilder" is designed to create bootable live windows CD-s for system administrators and "geeks", there is a small .BAT file in it that installs it on your pen drive. Read a few readme files and follow the instructions on the web site.

3.) If you want to boot Linux from your pen drive visit this web site http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

Mar 08, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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160gb maxtor hard drive installed, recognised in bios and windows xp device manager but not shown in 'my computer" does it need formatting if so how do i format a drive with no drive letter


Try Going to START, CONTROL PANEL, ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS, COMPUTER MANAGEMENT, DISK MANAGEMENT from here you should be able to see the DRIVE and format if needed.

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