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My usb flash drive has stopped working. It shows up in Windows as a drive but wont let me format it or copy anything.

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If it gave the drive a drive letter, you can try this:

Start> run > "CMD" (press enter) > type: "chkdsk /r X:" (press enter)
Replace X with drive letter for thumb drive. This will check the disk and repair any errors that are found. If this fails, the drive is bad and there is nothing more you can do without professional software.

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you can do a clean install from your usb. i use this setup for all my flash drive boots.
WinSetupFromUSB - Install Windows XP from USB Flash Drive

This guide will show you, how to use WinSetupFromUSB to create a bootable USB Flash Drive including all Windows source files, plus the following installation of Windows XP. Compare to the different USB_Multiboot versions, WinSetupFromUSB comes with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and is in my opinion easier to use.

Here you can get the latest version of the program and you will also find many detailed informations about WinSetupFromUSB.

I've tested this guide with a 32-bit version of Windows XP and a 64-bit version of Windows Vista and it worked flawlessly.
Prerequisites:

All you need is:

a USB Flash Drive with at least 1GB of storage
the original Windows XP Setup CD
WinSetupFromUSB

If you use nLite to slim down your version of Windows XP, please keep the following in mind:
DO NOT remove "Manual Install and Upgrade"
under Operating System Options!

I also recommend to integrate Service Pack 3 into your Windows XP source files.
1. Preparations

Download and install WinSetupFromUSB. Default installation path is C:\WinSetupFromUSB.

Create a new folder with the name WINXPCD in the root directory of drive C:\ and copy all files from your Windows XP Setup CD into this folder. Depending on your version of Windows XP, the content of C:\WINXPCD should look approximately like this:

Content of WINXPCD

The following files will show you, which Service Pack is already integrated into your CD:

WIN51IC.SP1, Sevice Pack 1
WIN51IC.SP2, Sevice Pack 2
WIN51IC.SP3, Sevice Pack 3

2. Start WinSetupFromUSB

Connect the USB Flash Drive to your PC and start WinSetupFromUSB. It should show up under USB Disk Selection :

WinSetupFromUSB - main window
3. Select your Source Path

Click on Browse under Windows 2000/XP/2003 Source and navigate to the folder with your Windows XP Source Files. It should be C:\WINXPCD:

Browse to Folder

Click OK and C:\WINXPCD should show up under Windows 2000/XP/2003 Source :

WinSetupFromUSB - source path
4. Format USB Flash Drive

PeToUSB or HP Format Tool are used to format the USB Flash Drive. There is no need to download these programs seperately as they are already included in WinSetupFromUSB.

USB Flash Drives up to 2GB should be formatted with PeToUSB in FAT16, USB Flash Drives with 4GB or more with HP Format Tool in FAT32.

I will use PeToUSB to format my Kingston Data Traveler with 2GB.

In the main window of WinSetupFromUSB click PeToUSB under Format target using to start the program. The USB Flash Drive should show up under Destination Drive. Check USB Removable, Enable Disk Format and Quick Format. Uncheck Enable File Copy under File Copy Options :

PeToUSB

Click Start and answer the following two questions "Continue?" with Yes.
All existing volumes and data will be lost!

If everything goes well, the message "Operation Completed Successfully!" should appear. Click OK and close PeToUSB.

The process with HP Format Tool is similar.
5. Copy Windows XP Source Files

To start the process of copying the Windows XP source files to the USB Flash Drive, click GO in the main window of WinSetupFromUSB. Depending on the write speed of your USB Flash drive it may take a while to copy all files.

WinSetupFromUSB - file copy

At the end the following notice about the Windows installation process should be displayed:

WinSetupFromUSB - notice

Click OK and close WinSetupFromUSB with EXIT.
6. Windows Installation - Part 1

Connect the USB Flash Drive to your PC and turn on the computer. Press ESC at the boot screen and you will be able to select the USB Flash Drive as your boot device from the boot menu.
The ESC key is used by ASUS for the Eee PC series.
Other manufacturers may use other keys, e.g. F8 or F12.

After booting from USB Flash Drive, the following menu should be displayed:

Windows XP/2000/2003 Setup - First and Second parts

Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to get to the next menu:

First part of Windows XP Home Edition setup
Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time

First part of Windows XP Home Edition setup is already selected. Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to start the Text mode part of setup. During this part you can create, delete and format partitions and finally the setup files are copied to your hard disk. At the end the system will restart automatically.
7. Windows Installation - Part 2

After restart, boot the PC again from your USB Flash Drive. The same menu should be displayed:

Windows XP/2000/2003 Setup - First and Second parts

Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to get to the next menu:

First part of Windows XP Home Edition setup
Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time

Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time is already selected. Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to start the GUI mode part of setup. During this part you will be asked for your product key, timezone, usernames and other necessary informations. At the end the system will restart automatically.
8. Windows Installation - Part 3

After restart, boot the PC again from your USB Flash Drive. The same menu should be displayed:

Windows XP/2000/2003 Setup - First and Second parts

Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to get to the next menu:

First part of Windows XP Home Edition setup
Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time

Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time is already selected. Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to Start Windows for the first time. The Windows installation process will be finished and finally the Windows Desktop will appear.
DO NOT disconnect the USB Flash Drive too early!

At next startup you can boot into Windows from your hard disk.
Notes:

After successsful installation, the following boot menu will always be displayed during startup:
Please select the operating system to start:

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
USB Repair NOT to Start Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

If you don't plan to use the repair option and want to boot directly into windows, you have to do the following:

Open the file boot.ini in the root directory of drive C:\ with Notepad:
[Boot Loader]timeout=30
Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)WINDOWS="USB Repair NOT to Start Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Delete the following line:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)WINDOWS="USB Repair NOT to Start Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
DO NOT delete the wrong line!
Your computer may not boot the next time!

Save changes to the file.

At next startup the boot menu will not be displayed.

If you want to keep the repair option, you can reduce the time to display the operating system options from 30 to 5 seconds:
[Boot Loader]
timeout=5

Save changes to the file.

At next startup the boot menu will be displayed only 5 seconds.

gd luck

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I have transcend JF V30/4GB pen drive. Recently i am getting in the pen drive that i cannot do any format in the pen drive nor i cannot copy/delete the files in the pen drive. it was showing that...


Hello and Welcome to FixYa!
Kindly try this solution:
  • Connect the USB stick to another computer and copy all the data.
  • Download this file (click here) to that PC and format the USB stick using this program.
  • Now try to connect the USB stick to your ACER laptop and see if it works.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to comment again. If this solution was helpful to you, kindly rate it.
Regards, Waqar.

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Hello, i am not able to format my transcend 8gb pen drive. whenever i format this pen drive after a few second's i got a message "WINDOWS UNABLE TO FORMAT". Properties shows used space 0 bytes and free...


Try it on another usb port..or If the windows can't format try formatting it from the command prompt if it's not working than must be pendrive.. i think there's no problem with other pendrives.. or the one that you have

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Drive wil not allow coping with 1.8 GB open


Not sure why it won't copy anything to the drive, but you can try formatting it and then copying to it once the format is finished.

Plug the device in, then open "My Computer" and right click on the drive letter that is assigned to the flash drive, then click "format" and leave all the options alone.

A quick format should be all that's necessary. If this doesn't work, I'll have to let another Expert take over.

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Sandisk 8GB Cruzer Gone Dead


As long as it shows in Disk Management in Windows, it is most likely saveable. Borrow a flash drive from a friend, GHOST it to your hard drive and then to your flash drive (Drive to Drive may be unsafe because you can mix up which is which). It should work and then you can reformat it so as not to steal your buddies stuff.

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I had the same problem.
Go to the Dos Prompt via run cmd
format d: or whatever your drive letter is.

This worked for me.

PS these flash drives are copies and are made in China. I just bought one for $7.50 Yes that is seven dollars and 50 cents.

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Windows was unable to complete the format


sir
u dont need to buy a new one. You can download file shredder from here . do following things :
  1. download and install file shredder
  2. shred all the files which are in pendrive(after shredding u will not be able to recover them)
  3. then try to format it .,
thankyou for using fixya
dont forget to rate the solution
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1.
Update Your Windows Operating System.

2.
Check your computer.
with antivirus and antispyware program.

3.
HP USB Disk/Drive Format Utility is a Windows based software
used to format drives to FAT, FAT32 and NTFS partition types.


3.a) Download this tool:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4040651/HPUSBFW_2.2.3_MASTER.exe

3.b) Format pendrive

(Before removing USB flash drive click on the Safely Remove
Hardware icon and then click on USB flash drive you want to remove)

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1. Download this tool:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4040651/HPUSBFW.EXE

2. Format

(Before removing USB flash drive click on the Safely Remove
Hardware icon and then click on USB flash drive you want to remove)

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