Kingston 4GB USB is RAW - cannot format

Kingston 4gb data traveler usb 2.0 flash...
November 22, 2010 at 05:06:00
Specs: Windows XP
i bought a kingston 4gb flas and at first it was working but after a while it stopped opening, so i tried to format it but it keeps on say that this drive cannot format and the file system is RAW and i need my flash. dont care about the information on it. pls can sum1 elp me please!!!! thank you.

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November 22, 2010 at 05:07:27
You could always try running a magnet over both sides of the Data stick.
The magnet will erase anything on the stick.

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November 22, 2010 at 05:18:21

I would delete and recreate any existing partition, then format.
dont format your computer by mistake.


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November 22, 2010 at 05:27:26
what is the process of doing that?

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November 22, 2010 at 08:12:33
Daniel is incorrect. Flash drives store data in memory chips that are not sensitive to magnetic fields. A magnet will not erase the data or do anything for that matter.

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November 22, 2010 at 08:56:30
"what is the process of doing that?"

See link in response # 2.

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November 22, 2010 at 09:01:37
Yeah I an wrong lol. Its been a long day, sorry about that.

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November 22, 2010 at 12:48:54
Magnet?? That is goofy!

If you are admin in windows and you try to format it and it comes back with that complaint you may wish to see if the drive does have a write protect switch.

Try it again on a different computer as it may be an issue with the connector.

You normally can't partition a usb drive in windows but you can easily run a live linux cd and try it. Be careful with fdisk. Be sure you understand how to use partition tools.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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