Solved Non functional 8GB USB memory stick - Trash it or Fix it?

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July 16, 2013 at 04:47:56
Specs: Windows 7, IntelQuadcore 2.8 GHz
Have an 8 GB USB memory stick that does'nt work any more. I get a message that it must be formatted, but when I choose for formatting it, I get the message that it cannot be formatted.

Do I throw it in the rubbish bin or are there possibilities to revive it.

Thanks for helping

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July 16, 2013 at 06:36:01
I'd take it apart and trash it.

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July 16, 2013 at 06:43:31
Bin it and buy another. Providing there is no data on the stick that you need to recover it is not worth the effort. USB flash memory is not that reliable at the best of times and they should be considered as disposable items.

You would be better buying a decent USB Card Reader and a SD Memory card. When the card fails all you need buy is a new memory card instead of and all-in-one device which will be more expensive.

Needless to say, don't use and USB flash devise as a backup device. They are only menat for temporary storage.


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July 16, 2013 at 06:52:29
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Hi willem1933,

Try formatting the pen drive on a different system.

Also, you may try formatting the pendrive using diskpart. Please refer to the link mentioned below:

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S

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July 16, 2013 at 08:59:30
I'd say for less than 8 dollars worth of equipment its probably not worth the risk.

:: mike

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July 16, 2013 at 13:10:21
You need to delete the partition and then create a new partition and THEN format.

If that doesn't work, then bin it.

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July 17, 2013 at 02:24:52
After having received DelMansHus's reply, I tried to save my USB memory stick with diskpart, but at the "clean"command I got an error message that "the disk could not be cleaned because of an I/O error".

I concluded from this that repair was not possible, so I discarded it, but only after having looked inside to look at the mini board.

Going back to this topic to tell my experience, I found OtheHill's advice, but alas that was no longer possible after my premature inquisitiveness.

Pity because just replacing something when there are problems is too easy for me. I worked in a development environment in Africa and a university at that, where there were no spare parts available, but I found them in the 2 x 4 x 8 mtr scrap heap full of discarded equipment in the courtyard of the hospital and was able to do a lot.


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