Can't delete files on flash drive

November 9, 2011 at 08:16:50
Specs: Windows XP

My flash drive is full, I can't open it to delete some of the old files and folders?

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#1
November 9, 2011 at 10:36:26

what happens when you try to open it? nothing? do you get an error?

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#2
November 9, 2011 at 11:08:39


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#3
November 9, 2011 at 11:34:29

I don't get an error message just a blank screen. I clicked on properties and that's how I know it's full.

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#4
November 9, 2011 at 11:35:03

Excuse my lack of skills, but how do I reformat it?

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#5
November 9, 2011 at 12:03:32

This is "one" way, use HP usb format tool found here: http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Dis...

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#6
November 9, 2011 at 13:45:00

FYI Ike Peters...if you format the drive you will lose all data on it and lose any chance of recovering it!

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#7
November 9, 2011 at 18:18:11

Just open my computer, right click on your flash drive and select reformat

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#8
November 9, 2011 at 18:28:32

"I don't get an error message just a blank screen."

You can't do anything with it until it's detected properly.

Try it in a drectly connected to the mboard USB port.

If that doesn't help, it's likely you have damaged the partition table info on it by unplugging it at the wrong time. . Windows can format a flash drive, but it has to be seeing the drive properly when it does - it can't delete the partition and make new one due to Microsoft's wishes. (The same probably applies for the HP format program.)

You can fix the problem if the flash drive itself is not damaged.

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