Good method/software to reformat USB flash?

April 18, 2010 at 21:17:18
Specs: Windows XP
A brand new USB flash memory (Cruzer 8Gb formatted as fat32)
refuses to accept files when I move (drag) them into it from my HD and shows a message :
‘Cannot create or replace file (folder). Cannot find specified file. Make sure you specify correct path and file name.’

Never before had such a problem with USB flash memory .
Standard test shows nothing …
Tried to fix the problem by doing optimization/ error check in properties window and also to reformat using the normal approach. with Windows.
Computer just does nothing .
Properties for the USB flash tells me that both free and used paces are 0 (zero).
Now I‘m stuck with this dead USB flash .

Is there any better way to reformat USB flash , say, with some more powerful program?
I have Windows XP pro.

This is one-off task and I hope there are some free or sharewares around?

Thanks for your practical advise!


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#1
April 18, 2010 at 21:47:31
Maybe a faulty USB stick. Try it on another PC or take it back for replacement.

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#2
April 18, 2010 at 23:04:08
... give this a try I suggest you format it as "NTFS" unless it has to be "seen" from a Fat32 system!


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#3
April 20, 2010 at 20:42:23
thanks mavis007 but the progranm you suggested is specialised for certain harware/software and doesnt work in my case

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April 21, 2010 at 00:05:21
... thats what you think!

... did you try it?


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April 23, 2010 at 11:30:01
http://www.bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm bunch of ways here

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April 23, 2010 at 11:50:21
"give this a try I suggest you format it as "NTFS" unless it has to be "seen" from a Fat32 system!"

Flash Drives only support FAT32. If you force an NTFS system on your drive it will no longer automount on other systems. I recommend you do not force format your Flash drive to NTFS.


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