USB drive wont format

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  1. Supersonicmonk
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    I tried to make a startup disk using an 8gb usb drive and set 4gb of space to save documents however it looked like the installation froze so I cancelled it and deleted the partition in the disk utility however now it shows up as unknown in ubuntu and RAW in vista. I only got it today so it would be nice if I could fix it. BTW this is my first help topic and I have been here for quite a while so be nice [​IMG]
     
  2. Thoob

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    Right-click on My Computer and go to Manage. Click on the "Disk Management" in the left hand panel and you should see the partitions of your memory stick. Delete all of the partitions and create a new FAT32 volume in the empty space.
     
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    It wont let me delete any partitions and only shows up with this
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    use the os that you used to install to format the drive


    edit go to device manager and unsinstall the driver for the drive, then un-plug the drive and plug it in again. now try to delete the partition
     
  5. Supersonicmonk
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    already tried that repeatedly, in ubuntu it simply flashes up input/output errors
     
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    Use the HP formater.
     
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    Skyline969 MENUdo Afficionado

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    And this is why you never, ever, cancel a format mid-way. Seeing as how it appears to be read-only, unless there is a switch you could possibly flick on the USB drive itself to "unlock" it (some USB drives have a lock feature which makes the stick read-only) you may be screwed.
     
  8. Supersonicmonk
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    It doesn't have a read only switch so yeah I've probably messed it up
     
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    just return it, say it didn't work the second you plugged it in [​IMG]
     
  10. Supersonicmonk
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    Doing it now [​IMG] by the looks of this guys ebay page he doesn't know much about electronics so I should get away with it