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USB Can'nt formatted

I am trying to format my pendrive. After giving format command it showing Windows was unable to complete the format.

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  • rudra_sakti Aug 28, 2008

    My Operating System is Windows XP

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    Josh Peters May 11, 2010

    What operating system are you using?


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Well if you are going to my computer > Selected Drive > Right-Click On Icon > And Click Format > Quick Format > Start

And it should be done. If not check to see if the drive is not set on lock.

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I had Windows 8.1 istalled in my Pc but it showed problem now i want to install windows 7. I have windows 7 bootable USB and want clean instalation. i booted from USB and opened stup and formatted my

Simply formatting the hard drive does not remove all residual traces of the previous installation. When you get to the step for formatting, go to the advanced button and delete the partition that contained windows 8. Then create a new partition in the space, format, and install windows 7.

Aug 05, 2014 | PC Desktops


How to Install Windows 7 from a USB Key

Note: This guidewill only work within Windows Vista or 7. 1. Format Your USB Key
Plug in your USB key and back upany existing data stored on it. You'll need to format the key before you canmake it a bootable device. Open up a Command Prompt as anAdministrator. You can do this by finding the cmd.exe in yoruWindows/System32 folder, right-clicking the executable, and selecting "Run asAdministrator". Alternatively, type CMD in the Start Menu search field andactivate the Command Prompt using Ctrl + Shift + Enter. You should be underc:\Windows\system32 (assuming your Windows partition is the C drive). Type"diskpart" in the command line to enter the Disk Partition command line tool,which lets you format and create partitions on active disks. Type "list disk" to reveal a listof all your active disks, each of which is associated with a number. Make anote of which one is your USB key, based on the capacity. In our screenshotbelow, our USB drive is Disk 6 (8GB). Next, type the following commands,one at a time: Select Disk # (Where# is the number of your USB disk. We typed "Select Disk 6") Clean (removes anyexisting partitions from the USB disk, including any hidden sectors) Create Partition Primary(Creates a new primary partition with default parameters) Select Partition 1(Focus on the newly created partition) Active (Sets thein-focus partition to active, informing the disk firmware that this is a validsystem partition) Format FS=NTFS(Formats the partition with the NTFS file system. This may take several minutesto complete, depending on the of your USB key.) Assign (Gives theUSB drive a Windows volume and next available drive letter, which you shouldwrite down. In our case, drive "L" was assigned.) Exit (Quits theDiskPart tool)2. Turn the USB Key into a Bootable Device
Insert the Windows 7 install DVDinto your drive, and view the files that it contains. Copy all of the fileshere to a folder on your Desktop. We put the disc contents in a folder named"Windows 7" Go back to your command prompt,running it as an Administrator. Using the "CD" command, find your way to thefolder where you extracted the ISO files. Your command line path should looksomething like "C:\Users\USERNAMEHERE\Desktop\Windows 7\". Type the following commands: CD Boot (This getsyou into the "boot" directory) Bootsect.exe /nt60 L:(where 'L' is the drive letter assigned to your USB key from the previous step) Bootsect infuses boot managercompatible code into your USB key to make it a bootable device. IMPORTANT: Ifyou're currently running 32-bit Windows Vista or 7, Bootsect will only work ifyou use the files from the 32-bit Windows 7 install disc. The Bootsectexecutable from the 64-bit version will not run in 32-bit Vista. 3. Load the USB Key Up with the Install Files
Copyall of the extracted ISO files into the USB drive. You don't need to do thisfrom the command prompt. Just drag and drop the files from the "Windows 7"folder into the drive using Windows Explorer. Your USB key is now all ready togo! Plug it into your target system and make sure you enter the BIOS (typicallywith F2 or F12) to temporarily change the boot order to allow booting from theUSB key before your primary hard drive or optical drive. On the next restart,your system should automatically begin speedily loading setup files off of theUSB key and entering Windows 7 installation.

on Oct 28, 2010 | PC Desktops


How to install windows 7 from pen drive

Its very difficult to install windows 7 if you are not having a DVD drive, Especially when you are planning to upgrade your windows xp system you would like to see how vista looks. So you need to install it and see. Requirements: USB pen drive 4GB or more
Windows 7 DVD
Step 1: Download HP USB storage format tool from here and install on your computer.
Step 2: Once you finish installation, double click on HP USB storage format tool and format your pen drive in NTFS
For this, select NTFS from File system option and Check quick format option and click on start.


While doing the format the data stored on your Pendrive will be lost. You keep a back if needed. Press YES on the warning message


Once the format finished you will get a message with the details and Click
on OK


Now insert Windows 7 DVD in to DVD Drive and go to command prompt.
For that go to start -> RUN and type CMD and press enter or OK


You will see the command prompt with black back ground
Now you need to change the directory to your DVD drive where you put the windows vista DVD.
For that type G: and press enter (here I am using G because in my system DVD drive letter is G. So you need to check your DVD drive letter and type accordingly)
So the directory will change to G:>
Now type cd boot and press enter
Now the interface will be like G:boot>
Then type bootsect.exe /nt60 h: (where h is the drive letter of your pen drive)
Now you will get a successful message like below


Now you can close the command prompt and copy all the contents from the windows 7 DVD to the pen drive


It will start copying now


Once it’s finished, you need to restart your pc and access the bios of your system and make first boot device as USB pen drive.
That’s it, now you can see installation starts from the USB pen drive.

on Mar 02, 2010 | PC Desktops

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My windows was unable to complete the formate my pendrive. my operating system is windows 7 ultimate

this is a most common is due to the errors from your pc/ at first format the drive in a fresh os and then connect to your pc.please remove the pen drive safely by clicking the green icon near the time and date.

Sep 27, 2010 | PC Desktops


Setup windows vista or windows 7 from pendrive

This tutorial will help you in creating a bootable USB drive of Windows Vista which you can use to install Vista in any system. It might become very useful when you don't have access to DVD drive.
1. First format your USB drive in NTFS file system. You can do it by attaching your USB drive to your system and then format it from My Computer window.
2. Now open Command Prompt window from Start menu. Right-click on Command Prompt entry in start menu and select "Run as administrator" option.
3. Now type diskpart in Command Prompt window and press Enter. It'll launch DiskPart program:
4. Now provide following command:
list volume
It'll show a list of all drives in your system. Look for your USB drive entry. As in the below screenshot, the USB drive is "G" which you can determine from its "Type" entry.
Now you have to select the USB drive volume by providing select volume no. command. Since in our case volume no. of USB drive is "Volume 4", the command would be:
select volume 4
Now we have to make this drive active. So provide active command:
Now exit from DiskPart using exit command.
5. Now we need to create Boot sector on USB drive. We'll use "bootsect.exe" utility for this task. You can find this utility in Windows Vista setup disk. It'll be present in "Boot" directory.
Now provide following command in Command Prompt:
bootsect /nt60 G:
Here G is drive letter of USB drive. Replace it with the correct drive letter if your system has some other letter for USB drive.
6. At last, copy all files/folders from Vista Setup DVD to your USB drive and you have done.
Now you can boot using your USB drive and can install Windows Vista in any system.
Thanks to Dave Glover for this info...

on Jan 17, 2010 | PC Desktops

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My pendrive is not working properly whenever i double click on it , it shows u want to format it but when i click yes it is not getting formatted

may be ur pendrive is corrupted...with virus/trojen
try conencting it on another machine...and do a virus scan...pendrives are like floppy drives...they catch the flu of virus/trojen very frequently...unlike CDs...

Dec 23, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Can't format my pen drive.

I can't format my pen drive When i try to open my pen drive it is saying format your pen drive . please help me if anybody having any solution

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I recently bought a 4Gb USB stick and initially it seemed to work fine. However, one day when I plugged it into my laptop, when I tried to access it, it came up saying following errors, Errors : 1)I cannot...

You do not need any drivers in windows for these drives if you are using XP/Vista. These are generic volumes. Try deleting any mention of the driver in device manager and let windows install it automatically. This sounds a lot more that your pen drive is dead. Time for a new one. Can you borrow a friends and plug it in to test the USB port is ok?

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I am unable to format my Maxtor One Touch III 500gig External Hard Drive. Once i get to 100% using ms disk manager, a message box pops up saying that it was unable to format the hard drive. In linux when i...

If it shows up in windows explorer as a drive, right click it and choose format and choose ntfs as the file format.

Do you know what format it is when you use linux? I dont think you can use a dos command to format an ntfs volume. Your message probably means it cant read FAT or FAT32 because it probably already is NTFS file format.

Mar 22, 2008 | PC Desktops

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