Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


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

27 Sep 2015   #1
gogonimago

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Heavily corrupted flash drive - GParted not able to delete partition

Hey guys, my computer glitched and I pulled a flash drive before I should have and it got corrupted. I want to wipe it however it's write protected - I tried using the disk utility on windows but it doesn't want to mount the partition - tools like HD Tune Pro let me know that it's corrupt but I don't know how to do anything about them , also tried the registry - a techy friend suggested I delete the partition so I burned GParted to a CD and tried using it. Below are two screenshots.

Sorry for the phone quality, but the computer can't take pictures as it's not in an OS - so it shows that the flash drive has unallocated space so I can't delete that since it's unallocated and when I try to create a new partition it doesn't let me, as you can see in the second picture.

I have no idea how to go about this anymore I don't care about the data, I just want to be able to use the flashdrive. Any help is greately appreciated - thanks!!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
27 Sep 2015   #2
paul1149

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

I probably would give DBAN a run on it and see what happens.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Sep 2015   #3
gogonimago

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Will do and let you know
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

28 Sep 2015   #4
gogonimago

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Sep 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From post #1

Quote:
I want to wipe it however it's write protected
How did it get write protected. Is their a switch on the usb thumb drive that activates protection?

Do you have a password for the flash drive that will allow access to the flash drive.

If you want to post snapshots or pictures please use this tutorial.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2015   #6
gogonimago

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok, I will, I apologize for that.

And no, it's never actually been write-protected before. It just says so now that it's corrupted...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2015   #7
paul1149

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogonimago View Post
I think GParted also has a wipe function. If not, other partition progs do. In Windows, CCleaner does as well. Perhaps by wiping the stick whatever is locking it will be erased. There may also be a secure erase command built into it, but I'm not sure if it's different from what the above mentioned progs use, or how to access it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2015   #8
gogonimago

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I suppose I'll just try more programs - see I'm not trying to get it unlocked, I'm just trying to wipe the corrupted data, and that's what I tried on those programs I mentioned in the first post - I tried wiping, but they couldn't do it - Does write protection affect wiping? It would, wouldn't it? If the computer sees a drive as write-protected, it won't be able to wipe it, right?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2015   #9
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Hp do a nice low level format utility for flash drives its never failed for me give it a try, not sure where the safest download site is but heres the cnet link
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2015   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My understanding is this. Before a program can wipe a drive it first has to get into the drive. If it write protected it can't get into it to wipe it.

Going by memory their is some sort of a infection that will lock up drives and make you pay for the password code to get into it.

If it was my flash drive I would just destroy the drive and get another one. Somebody some how password protected the flash drive. Flash drives don't do such things all by themselves.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Heavily corrupted flash drive - GParted not able to delete partition




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Corrupted data on my flash drive. Retrieval possible?
Hi 7 forum. Long time no post. I have a 16gb PNY flash drive. It has served me well for over 4 years, so it is possible it is just getting to old, but the data on it seems to have become corrupted somehow. I mainly use this flash drive to transfer media from my Windows PC, to my Xbox or media...
Hardware & Devices
Flash Drive Problem - Files corrupted after eject
I have a pretty new computer, Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, but I've had nothing but trouble with it. I've already had the hard drive replaced due to failure, (at least it's still under warranty). But now I'm having flash drive problems. If I backup my files to a flash drive using GoodSync, everything is...
Hardware & Devices
USB Flash Drive corrupted
Good Day I have a 64GB USB flash Drive (Transcend), and when copying files to it, for example movie files (AVI, MP4, etc), not all the files are copied (although it takes up all the space of the copied files), and the files that did copy successfully, cannot be rendered and are corrupted. I...
Hardware & Devices
Why can't I delete FAT32 Partition on Flash Drive?
1 GB USB Flash Drive and 'delete volume' is grayed out in Disk Management. Why?
General Discussion
I tried to partition HD with gparted now not boot up
I fear the answer to this question as I am not as diligent in backing up my data as I should be, but I tried to create a new partition out of my c: using gparted and after about 3hrs it still had 6 hours to go so I thought something might be wrong so I cancelled it and now my computer won't boot...
General Discussion
Gparted will not extend C partition
Hi, i am wanting to extend my C partition (sda3) as i am running out of space, GParted however will not allow me to use the allocated space that you can see from the screenshot. sda5 is able to extend from the allocated space but not the C partition (sda3), i would assume this is because i have...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:04.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App