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Windows 7: How Can I Re-Format A Memory Stick?


23 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
How Can I Re-Format A Memory Stick?

I installed and formatted a Maxell 32 GB USB memory stick in my Dell computer which has a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system. Saved many photos on it, and then removed it. Today I re-inserted it, and the computer wouldn't read it: it advised I must format the stick before it could be used. Knowing full well I was about to wipe the thing clean, I did a "Format" operation, and it is now re-formatted to 1 MB.

Any ideas about how I can restore the thing to 32 GB capacity?

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23 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

SD Card Formatter should do it. Just used it myself. Download link is on the left side of the page.
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23 Jan 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

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For storing data, I would format it to Fat32, not NTFS.
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23 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
No Joy

I previously formatted the stick to FAT32.

Downloaded, installed, and ran the SD Card Formatter.

The stick is still set to 1 MB.

Thank you both for trying to help!
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23 Jan 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Post a picturre of Disk Management where your stick shows. That may help us to better understand what is going on.
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23 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
How Can I Re-Format Stick Memory

The stick memory (officially, I suppose it's a USB flash memory card) is the F Drive on the attached screen shot.


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23 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

Don't know why that program didn't work. I used it fives minutes before posting about it & it got my stick back to normal.

Anyway see how this goes. You could use the 'clean all' option. That should get it back to new.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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23 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Did you trying going into computer, left clicking the card, hitting format in the pop-up menu, then hitting the 'Restore Device Defaults' button?
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23 Jan 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ColMac View Post
The stick memory (officially, I suppose it's a USB flash memory card) is the F Drive on the attached screen shot.
Can you make the screenshot such that the stick also shows in the lower pane.
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24 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
How Can I Re-Format. . .

First of all, thanks to all of you for your advice and suggestions.

I believe I have a hardware failure.

In addition to trying to follow your advisories, I have downloaded, installed, and launched tools available online at:

http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool/3000-2094_4-10974082.html and also at:


http://www.flashmemorytoolkit.com/

Although Windows recognizes the drive, the HP tool does not. The flash memory tool kit re-formats it to 1 MB (again).

So I give up, and will return the drive to the retailer, hoping for a credit or exchange.

Again, thanks for trying to help.
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