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Windows 7: USB RAW formating


30 Jul 2010   #1

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USB RAW formating

hello! i'm new at the forums i've been checking out many answers to a similar problem but i can't seem to solve it, the trouble lays in here: i had my USB-flash memory working out fine till one day i was unable to open, and windows asked me to format to proceed, as i didn't care for what was inside i clicked yes, but after a while it said windows wasn't able to format.Then i read some possible fixes around the web and wound up at windows computer management and i saw the file system was converted to RAW, so i needed to convert the file system to NTFS or FAT whatsoever, the problem is that i need to format to do so, but then i read that i can delete the volume and recreating it to get it formated, unfortunately the delete volume option(on the right-click menu) was grayed out, so i went to cmd instead and tryed to do it manually to say so, but then when i was at diskpart and pressed enter after typing "delete volume override" (i'm skiping a lot of steps ) a message telling me i couldn't delete it appeared so i went on info. about how to do so, and the solution was setting the volume as "active" wich i had to do using diskpart because the option at computer management was disabled too.
So after setting it to active and finally being able to delete the volume
the newt step was creating a new simple volume using the instance of the previous, so this time i tryed it using computer management right-clicking on the "unallocated" square of the device and then "new simple volume" so a wizard appeared and guided me trough the process and then it had to format before creating it, i chose FAT 32 then it took some time, the "loading- pointer" appeared and after a while,, nothing! there was no new volume and nothing! the disk/volume/partition was still as unallocated, sending me back to the start, please some help me if you know a way to convert the RAW system to NTFS or FAT, or a way to farmat it, i would really apreciate it. and i don't want some tool to recover my RAW files i don't care about the files, i want my USB usable, i have been trough the web for more than 5 hours. i've tried so many things please help me, i know my usb is not totally lost cuz the RAW file system is just another file system not compatible with windows. thank you.

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30 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by danxdanx View Post
hello! i'm new at the forums i've been checking out many answers to a similar problem but i can't seem to solve it, the trouble lays in here: i had my USB-flash memory working out fine till one day i was unable to open, and windows asked me to format to proceed, as i didn't care for what was inside i clicked yes, but after a while it said windows wasn't able to format.Then i read some possible fixes around the web and wound up at windows computer management and i saw the file system was converted to RAW, so i needed to convert the file system to NTFS or FAT whatsoever, the problem is that i need to format to do so, but then i read that i can delete the volume and recreating it to get it formated, unfortunately the delete volume option(on the right-click menu) was grayed out, so i went to cmd instead and tryed to do it manually to say so, but then when i was at diskpart and pressed enter after typing "delete volume override" (i'm skiping a lot of steps ) a message telling me i couldn't delete it appeared so i went on info. about how to do so, and the solution was setting the volume as "active" wich i had to do using diskpart because the option at computer management was disabled too.
So after setting it to active and finally being able to delete the volume
the newt step was creating a new simple volume using the instance of the previous, so this time i tryed it using computer management right-clicking on the "unallocated" square of the device and then "new simple volume" so a wizard appeared and guided me trough the process and then it had to format before creating it, i chose FAT 32 then it took some time, the "loading- pointer" appeared and after a while,, nothing! there was no new volume and nothing! the disk/volume/partition was still as unallocated, sending me back to the start, please some help me if you know a way to convert the RAW system to NTFS or FAT, or a way to farmat it, i would really apreciate it. and i don't want some tool to recover my RAW files i don't care about the files, i want my USB usable, i have been trough the web for more than 5 hours. i've tried so many things please help me, i know my usb is not totally lost cuz the RAW file system is just another file system not compatible with windows. thank you.
Welcome to SF!

The USB stick from my brother had a similar problem. In his case, what we did was use another pc to format it. I know that sounds too simple, but it worked!
Let us know the results!


"PLEASE REP ANYONE WHO HELPS YOU"
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30 Jul 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

danx,

Use DiskPart's Clean All and then you will be able to format the USB.


WIPE A DISK CLEAN

type DiskPart, Enter key
type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, Iíll be using the numeral 0
type Select disk 0, Enter key
type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time
type EXIT, Enter key (only after Clean is finished)
type EXIT, Enter key (this gets you back where you were)




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Now you be real careful and don't actually use the number 0. Read the instructions carefully and select the number corresponding to your USB stick.
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02 Aug 2010   #4

96
 
 

thanks for your replies i'll try those out, thanks again.
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02 Aug 2010   #5

96
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
danx,

Use DiskPart's Clean All and then you will be able to format the USB.




WIPE A DISK CLEAN


type DiskPart, Enter key
type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, Iíll be using the numeral 0
type Select disk 0, Enter key
type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time
type EXIT, Enter key (only after Clean is finished)
type EXIT, Enter key (this gets you back where you were)




--------------------
====================
=======================




Now you be real careful and don't actually use the number 0. Read the instructions carefully and select the number corresponding to your USB stick.
this message appeared
"Diskpart has encountered an error: the system cannot find the file specified.
See the System Event log for more information."
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02 Aug 2010   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Run DiskPart from a System Repair Disc.

CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disk button


OR

You can boot up your Windows 7 DVD and at the very first dialog requiring you to do something, use SHIFT + F10 key combo to get to a command prompt.

GO TO A COMMAND PROMPT USING YOUR WIN 7 DVD
■Boot up from your Windows 7 DVD.
■At the first dialog window, press SHIFT + F10 key combo
■You will have a X:> command prompt
X: is a ram drive created by Windows 7.
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04 Aug 2010   #7

96
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wallonn7 View Post

Welcome to SF!

The USB stick from my brother had a similar problem. In his case, what we did was use another pc to format it. I know that sounds too simple, but it worked!
Let us know the results!

"PLEASE REP ANYONE WHO HELPS YOU"
sorry i've tryed it in 3 different computers 3 mine, i'll have to check on a windows 98 i read it is possible to check the RAW system in there, anyway i used a program to recover my files, and it seems everything is still in there, but i don't care for the files.
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04 Aug 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

boot from a system repair disc
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