low level format usb flash drive

March 22, 2005 at 00:07:56
Specs: windows xp sp2, celeron/256 MB DDR SDRAM

Dear Sir,

1. I had purchased a 256 MB flash drive about six months back. The technical details are as under: -

(a) Type - 256 MB USB Flash Drive.
(b) Name - Travelling Disk (No BA0256M193F02011 3G).
(c) Chip - Samsung 328 K9F1G08UOM-YCB0.
(d) OS - Windows XP SP2

2. There was a program "Passman.Exe" which came pre-loaded from the manufacturer. I password protected the disk. However, I have now forgotten the password.

3. Now whenever I want to access the drive it asks for the password or else gives the message "Disk is write protected". Only the file "Passman.exe" is shown in the explorer menu.The disk is accessible by spl tools which give out a complete listing of clusters incl details of files.

4. I want to re-format the drive. However, no low-level format utility is available with me. Please guide me.

5. My email id is pak29@rediffmail.com.

thanks

Major Prashant


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#1
March 22, 2005 at 00:28:59

download protected storage password at the following:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/pspv.html
It should be able to find your hidden password for the flash drive.

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#2
March 22, 2005 at 01:14:43

Just delete the partition and create a new one.


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#3
March 22, 2005 at 01:57:24

mechanix2go, What format is a flash drive. or does it mater? I know it is basic fat but is it 32 or 16 or 12 as in a floppy?

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#4
March 22, 2005 at 02:09:01

Hi lurks,

I assume it's FAT16 or FAT32 since it is seen much the same as an IDE drive.


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#5
March 22, 2005 at 02:38:08

Top of the morning to you, too mechanix2go!!
I hadn't thought too much about having to format a flash drive before now. Guess I am going to have to do some research and experementing to see what format they are... and to whether or not NTSF would work a little more better for them. Interesting question???

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#6
March 22, 2005 at 02:44:43

G'Day lurks,

Yeah, great question. Wish I had some great answers.

Before my CF started acting up in w2k, I'd just format it from the prompt.

Now, to avoid BSOD, I boot in DOS, copy the JPGs, and format the drive.


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#7
March 22, 2005 at 03:06:23

Hi

heres alink to the software, use mformat to low level format the drive.

http://www.ioplususa.com/downloads.asp
default password on most drives is 1111

Flash drives support all FAT & NTFS & i believe some mac + linux file system eg knoppix
linux etc


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#8
March 22, 2005 at 03:14:14

Ok just got offline to a tech that works for lexar, which is what my jump drive is. You format it the same as you do a floppy. My drive is fat 32 :
my computer>explore and R click on to the drive and choose format just like a floppy diskette. Pretty simple and straight forward, you can quick format or full format your choice. I suspect that most flash/jump drives are the same.

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#9
March 22, 2005 at 03:52:59

Hi lurks,

Yeah, I suspect most flash drives are similar in that repect.

I would not go so far as saying 'just like a floppy'.

AFAIK, floppies are FAT12.

And none of this says ANYTHING about a low level format, which is difficult at best, potentially dangerous and generally unecessary.


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