Flash drive refuses to be formatted

Hewlett-packard / A6028x
April 21, 2009 at 17:47:29
Specs: Windows Vista, 2.40 ghz, 2gigs of ram
The weirdest thing happend, one day when I tried to copy a file into my flash drive, it told me that the file was no longer in the starting location. I tried to check if my flash drive was full but it read 0 bytes out of 0bytes

I backed everything up and tried to format. Then windows told me it coudn't. I tried different types, from FAT to NTFS. No dice...

I tried formatting in Disk Management, it reads as RAW. The process gives me an error saying it didn't complete properly,with the drive becoming "unallocated" and when I try to repartition the thing I get a "The system cannot find the file specified". Replugging the device in lead me back to the "RAW" format...

I boot into Ubuntu and tried to see if that would work, but GParted just gives "unable to complete" errors...

Looked around the net, and found some formatting programs: "usbmemkeyboot","Killdisk", and "Swissknife". Usbkey and Killdisk just gave me a file not found errors when trying to format, and Swiss woudn't even run....

can anyone save my flashdrive or do I have to buy a new one? Its a Sandisk micro (2gigs)...

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April 21, 2009 at 19:31:01
Stick it in another machine & try to format it from there. If that doesn't work, I suggest you try a low level format tool.

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April 21, 2009 at 22:29:20
didn't work I'm afraid

tried it on an old XP comp, and it also has a errors formatting

HDD-low level format gave me "Format error occured at offsets" the entire process but it said it finished and I should create partitions and format. I went to Disk Manager and it displayed as unallocated but when I tried to repartition it gave me the same old "The system cannot find the file specified" error. I replugged the device, and it displayed as RAW again...

any other thoughts?

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April 22, 2009 at 14:09:49
Get a new drive. They are so cheap now it.

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April 22, 2009 at 19:50:01
yea..I was afraid of that...I guess it can't be fixed?

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