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Windows 7: Heavily corrupted flash drive - GParted not able to delete partition

30 Sep 2015   #11
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I shall go with Pauly's suggestion. HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool v2.2.3 Apart from the Cnet site, you can also download it from HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool Download - Softpedia It is just a .exe file. Right click on the HPUSBDisk.exe and Run as administrator.(Select the correct pen drive)

Most Flash drive manufacturer's have an online Recovery/Repair tool for flash drives. Check your Flash drive Manufacturer's website. ( You should always mention the manufacturer/model No. and capacity.)


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30 Sep 2015   #12
gogonimago

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Layback Bear, this happened all of a sudden - I'm a DJ and I download songs on my desktop machine, and then I use the flashdrive to play them through my software on my laptop. On Sunday I was downloading music on my machine, put them on my drive, unmounted the drive, pulled it out, moved 2 feet, put it into the laptop, then when I tried to open my software, it was taking a very long time and it wasn't recognizing my drive, so I pulled it out (impatiently) and when I tried to plug it back in, the laptop said that it needs to be formatted before being used again. I was handling it the whole time it went from non-working to working...
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30 Sep 2015   #13
gogonimago

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Wow, I didn't even think to look up utilities from the manufacturer... That would have helped:

So HP Disk Storage didn't work - but I figured it out.

As you can read in the USB Product Reviews, this is a common issue with my specific flash drive. It turns out that Teamgroup has this problem so often that they made a specific utility to fix it. I downloaded, ran it, and it worked!

From a curiousity standpoint, why is it that these USB drives lock up like this? Can anyone shoot me a link where I can read about what causes this to happen to where no traditional wiping utility will be able to wipe it and how a manufacturer can make a program specifically for fixing the problem? What does the manufacturer utility do that DBAN, for example can't? This has really piqued my interest...

Anyway, thank you to all who lent a hand, I'll make sure to check manufacturers' websites first thing next time!
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30 Sep 2015   #14
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

That's good to know. Will keep it in mind. I would think the manufacturer's utility accesses formatting functions in the firmware that are forbidden to everyone else.
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01 Oct 2015   #15
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Buy only reputed brands and that from reputed vendors. Don't buy something because it is cheap. Always do a google search on any item you want to buy and read user reviews on various vendor sites.Check the manufacturer's website for specs/services/support, even before you buy the product.. Look for easy returns within warranty period without burning a hole in your pocket ( In this case it proclaims lifetime warranty for parts and labour.) Your money, your concern.
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01 Oct 2015   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

May be it's just me but I would still destroy the flash drive and toss it.
Who knows what other tricks it might play.
Put a picture on the wall of the flash drive with a statement.

Live and learn.
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