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Windows 7: USB flash drive formatting permanent error?

10 Oct 2010   #1
joseph10444

Win7 Pro 64
 
 
USB flash drive formatting permanent error?

I was doing some programming for school and then the IDE stopped working and so did Windows, itself, but I had to get somewhere, so i forced myself to pull my 1 GB usb drive out without safely removing it. Still it was acting weird, so I just shut it down.

Now i put the usb back in, and apparently I have to format it. I don't want to because I didn't back up recent work but eventually I had to choose to format it.

Initially when i went to format it, the format size was still at "0.98 GB" but now, it changed to "8 MB"
even if i try to format it at 8 MB
Quick format provides a "Windows was unable to complete the format".
Normal format provides a similar error.
Diskmgmt formatting provides a similar error.

I never had a problem like this before (even when pulling out drives at time when it failed to respond) but I would still like to utilize the usb.

Is there a way that i can retrieve the 1 GB back?


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10 Oct 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

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10 Oct 2010   #3
joseph10444

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

when i click "Scan" and error message of "unable to read boot sector" comes up.

at this point, im more into rescuing this usb than rescuing the data.

any other suggestions? Thanks though
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10 Oct 2010   #4
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Have you tried formatting in on another pc?
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10 Oct 2010   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Joseph,
To format that usb stick, use DiskPart's Clean All command,

you must go to an elevated command prompt.
Elevated Command Prompt

Follow this procedure:

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 2
type Select disk 2, 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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10 Oct 2010   #6
joseph10444

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

@ Lemur i was planning to try that and i just did now.
results were unsuccessful, same error on a windows xp pro desktop

@ karlsnooks the Clean ALL part was fairly quick (less than a second)
but it did not work.
i still had to format it and when i did, it was unable to format it
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10 Oct 2010   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

If it was tht quick then something is seriously wrong OR
You did NOT run diskpart from an elevated command prompt.

To verify that you ran from an elevated command prompt, read the tutorial for I provided the link in my previous post.

If you truly ran from an elevated command prompt AND the procedure only took one second, then throw the USB stick away.
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10 Oct 2010   #8
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

I think it's bad. Sorry.
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10 Oct 2010   #9
joseph10444

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

im pretty sure i right clicked and clicked run as admin
and i also know how to do ctrl + shift + enter, (tried that right now)
in the second time, it did literally take one second so i guess it is busted.

dead and gone..
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10 Oct 2010   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I do not expect success,
but you could try putting the usb stick into another computer and seeing what happens.
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