How toFDISK/Clean Format USB stick

Intel Celeron
January 15, 2007 at 23:42:26
Specs: Win XP, P3/256
I have two USB Stick 128 mb ( 1) lexar jumpdrive secure other 2) Creative MuVo MP3+USB...both when attached...shows on My computer are attached....lexar shows data...but when i try to format says...its write Protected....and does not formats....i tried to force format but no use...i used its...manufacetures software still no use....i.e.its not formatting...but i am sure there is a virus on it..."runounce.exe"....than2) Creatives Muvo it shows on My computer but still it shows a I/o (input/output) error when transferring do it format both...with NTFS and how can i FDISK Them....and how can i change there MBR...if there is a BOOT virus inside them.

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January 16, 2007 at 00:34:25
Hello, This might not solve the problem with the jumpdrive but it is worth a try.

From the screen that shows your drives place the cursor over the jumpdrive and you should see the drop down menu.

And then format the drive in FAT. Not fat 32 just FAT.

If it formats is FAT then do the same and see if it will format in FAT 32.

You can also try NTFS.

Let me know if this idea has helped you.

Good Luck

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January 16, 2007 at 00:48:00
Another idea if the above does not work. Try to format the card, if it is removeable, in a camera.

If you get it to format you can place it in a camera and take pictures until the card is filled. You need not take anything special. Just snap off anything until the card is filled.

After it is filled place it into the jump and view all of the photos as a batch, as thumbnails. Look for photos that are not complete. Either the top or bottom or anywhere in between where the image is missing. On my camera this usually is a horizonital band. If you find any pictures where the image is not complete chances are the card is damaged. You can still use it for pictures but one of your pictures will not be good 'on the roll'. You just don't know which one.

The damaged 'frame' shows the card is not pure or consistent. That is why it might not work for all applications. It's like driving on a road and the bridge it out. Road on both sides but no way to cross.

Good luck and a good question you posted!

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January 16, 2007 at 00:58:02
One more thing. The above may not apply to your drive. There may be different issues that have affected the card. My technique may not apply to your card though I think it is a pretty universal theory.

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January 16, 2007 at 01:11:31
If it's happened on 2 drives I'd start by making sure your system is totally clean. At the same time you can also use your virus checker to scan the drives if you think they may be infected. Once you're happy they are clean, if still not formatting, try doing it on another PC.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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January 16, 2007 at 10:35:49
..and, don't forget that you can get 1gig flash stick drive as well as 1 gig camera cards for under $20 at Newegg now. Is it worth the time to try to salvage a damaged thumb drive?

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime;
Then industry pollutes the water and kills all the fish.

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January 23, 2007 at 02:05:40
Thank you all ( ie. Ranchhand ,johnr , larry smith )

for the replies...and support...i tried
before your post's one more thing...i attached the USB DRIVE to the usb Port...and (removed my Hard/disk ) as thought USB Stick as the only H/d...

than i booted my system from Windows 98...used FDISK , FDISk tried to
format the USB STICK BUT only showed 112 MB..( not the MBR ) formatted but when i saw the Lexar USB-DRIVE in windows the corrupt data was still there...
then i tried windows XP seutp to format the USB DRIVE( AS A stand alone drive) but still no success...WIN-XP can only format large capacity Disks
but i have found something which might interest you...

the above is a classic site for Novice learn about Harddisk
and computer....if you see the site yourself.

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