Solved how to format raw pen-drive, if we format it shows read only

April 13, 2012 at 10:56:34
Specs: Windows 7, pentium

when we insert the pen drive it will shows format option. if we gave format it will shows, it is in read only, please check how to change the permission.

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#1
April 13, 2012 at 11:19:52
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What specific model is it ?

Some models have a security feature.
You must either
- move a tiny switch on it in to a certain position in order to be able to Format it (or delete it's data or write data to it).
- or - it may have software installed on it that requires that you supply a password in order to be able to access it - it you can access it, then you can enable the ability to Format it.

If it isn't your flash drive, any flash drive may have had software installed on it that was installed by someone other than the manufacturer that requires that you supply a password in order to be able to access it.
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Otherwise....

You CANNOT delete the partition(s) on a flash drive or a memory card in Windows 2000 and up due to Microsoft's wishes, then make a new one then Format it (in Windows 2000 and up both things are done in one step) but you CAN just Format the drive, by RIGHT clicking on it's drive letter, e.g. in Vista or Windows 7, in Computer or Windows Explorer, and choosing Format, or you can just Format it in Disk Management.

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Oops - I missed this...

"how to format raw pen-drive"

Flash drives always come already software partitioned (using the FAT32 method in most cases) and formatted when they're new.

If your flash drive shows up in Disk Management (e.g. type: diskmgmt.msc in the Start Search box to go there) as it's data space being RAW or un-allocated, the most likely thing is you, or someone else, have DAMAGED data on the drive because the flash drive was unplugged while Windows was running WITHOUT you or whoever having clicked on the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your taskbar lower right on your main desktop screen and choosing to STOP accessing the drive.
(That icon may be hidden - if you don't see it, click on the arrowhead at the left end of the icons there to show hidden icons to reveal it.)

You CANNOT successfully just Format the partition if the reason it's showing up that way is the partition table data for the partition is damaged.

If you're not concerned about data you know was on the drive previously that should still be there, you CAN fix that problem by deleting the partition(s) on the drive and making (a) new one(s), and then formatting the partition, however you CANNOT delete the partition(s) on it in Windows itself due to Microsoft's wishes. You have to use third party software to do that, that can actually delete the corrupted partition.
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If you ARE concerned about data you know was on the drive previously that should still be there, or in any case.....

Usually the reason the drive's data space shows up as being RAW or un-allocated is the partition table data for the partition has been damaged.
If the partition table data is damaged, you CANNOT successfully just Format the partition.
If you use a program that can repair that partition table data damage, you will probably be able to see all of or most of the files and folders that you know were on the drive again.
Sometimes other data is also damaged, but in most cases if the partition table data damage is repaired, you will be able to recover all or most of the files or folders.

E.g. if the flash drive is using FAT32 software partitioning, there are two identical copies of the partition table for each partition, only one of which is used. If there is nothing wrong with the second copy of the partition table, some programs can make the partition use that second copy of it.

More info....

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, external memory card readers.
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#2
April 13, 2012 at 13:03:51

Did it ever work?

Tubesandwires

Why does this disclaimer tend to show up on your posts? "NOTE that this site uses software..."


Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^


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#3
April 13, 2012 at 14:42:43

jefro

"Tubesandwires

Why does this disclaimer tend to show up on your posts? "NOTE that this site uses software..."

My posts are often long enough that they require scrolling to see the whole post. It can be extremely distracting for someone to read the post when the blue highlighted and underlined words in the post DO NOT MOVE as you scroll down the post, so often when I notice one of my posts has that problem, I paste that text at the beginning of it so whoever reads the post will know how to fix what they're seeing.

I will continue to do so until they stop using that buggy software on this site that causes the problem.
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"Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^"

By the way, the law that was passed recently where I am that I mentioned in a post in another topic yesterday ? was regarding "Distracted" driving, not "Inattention".



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#4
April 13, 2012 at 17:25:20

I saw the post but I didn't take notice of the full issue. I hope I wasn't distracted.

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^


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#5
April 13, 2012 at 19:24:01

jefro

It WAS yesterday

See response 8:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#6
April 14, 2012 at 12:46:31

If you notice, your link has been hijacked.
For some reason I can't post some links. Maybe I need to contact Justin about it.

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^


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#7
April 14, 2012 at 15:10:25

jefro

Oops

That was caused by my mistakenly selecting something other than Copy with my mouse cursor after I had RIGHT clicked on the proper link I had highlighted, then Pasting the wrong (previous) link I had copied into the post
I've been doing that un-intentionally sometimes lately for whatever reason.

I've corrected the link.
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"For some reason I can't post some links."

This site uses software that automatically shortens links (that have http:// addresses) that are longer than a certain length to save visual space in the posts - the shortened link has 3 dots at the end of the line and is an active link to the actual full length link.

Sometimes that software makes mistakes and chops off the original longer link in the wrong place, before the end of the address - in that case clicking on the shortened link does not load the original longer link properly.

If you use Edit to examine a post you made that has a shortened link that doesn't work, you will see what I'm talking about in what you see after where your properly working link should be, if you compare it to the longer original link.
The href="http://......" address is shorter than your original longer link, and the last part of the original longer link is either after the charcters less than (upper case of comma) , the letter a , forward slash, greater than (upper case of period) and is displayed in your post after the link, or it isn't there at all.

That sometimes happens to me for long links for something on the HP site, and for links that have spaces or dashes in them.
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One thing I HAVE noticed lately and for a while is that when I'm typing in a post on this web site, sometimes when I attempt to correct some word I've mis-typed, it's not in the default Insert mode, it's in the Overstrike mode - I can't place characters between characters that are already there . I have to save the post then select Edit again to get that problem to go away.
The problem doesn't happen when I use my add on IE Check Spelling program to check and correct my posts.


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#8
April 14, 2012 at 17:30:31

You could also have the users go to their account settings here and check off the

"Disable In-Text links and Sidebar Ads on the site"

I do agree the in-text links are quite annoying.


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