flash drive 0 used free space

March 2, 2009 at 06:25:47
Specs: xp-pro-sp2, p3-800mhz/1gb-pc32
2gb flash drive (still under warranty)previously working ok is not working now. It does not open by double clicking on its icon. Windows wants to format it but cannot format it if asked to do format. On rt clicking the drive properties show 0 mb free and used space. When attempting to format the formatting software shows 8 mb space free and show the drive as having RAW format system.
I went to my computer , rt clicked and manage ... The drive shows there but there is no option of creating or deleting a partition there. I also cannot formati it there.
Is the drive dead or is there a way to get out of this situation. ......please help,,,,,thank you.

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March 2, 2009 at 06:38:48
Is the drive locked by chance? Either by software or a actual switch?

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March 2, 2009 at 08:57:26
the drive came with no software installed on it and also installed no security softwrare or password softwares on it. I looked again on the drive and there are no switches or locks on it.
I have also tried changing usb ports. I also uninstalled all my usb in device manager and rebooted. I just took the flash drive to my friends computer and it showd 0 bytes in properties box. Nothing has helped up to now.

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March 2, 2009 at 09:45:49
I think you do have a partition but it is not formatted. There are a few programs available to remove the partition.

When in Disk Management did you try highlighting the drive letter and clicking on Action> format?

The best way to handle flash drives is to use software designed for them. Try going to the manufacturer's website and seeing if any tools are available to deal with the problem.

Honestly, I wouldn't bother with RMAing a 2GB flash drive. You can buy one for under $10 new.

If you wish to play with it more try applying something like delpart of killdisk to the drive. You must be very careful when using either of those utilities that you don't apply to the wrong drive/partition. Killdisk especially.

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