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Windows 7: USB 3.0 flash drive can only be formatted in a USB 2.0 port

1 Week Ago   #1
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 
USB 3.0 flash drive can only be formatted in a USB 2.0 port

On Black Friday, I bought a Lexar 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive.
Lexar S45 64GB | Staples(R)
I wish to format the drive with NTFS, and 64kB allocation unit size. I will be storing VeraCrypt file containers on this drive.
When I plug the drive into a USB 3.0 port and I attempt to format it, Windows takes about a half hour, the drive light stops flashing, and then coughs up an error saying, "Windows was unable to complete the format", and the drive is left in RAW state.
When I plug the drive into a USB 2.0 port, the drive light flashes constantly, and I can format the drive just fine.
It doesn't matter if I right-click the drive in Computer or via Disk Management.
Am I doing something wrong? It's well known that my Etron USB 3.0 facilities on this mobo are bad enough to generate BSODs, and there are no updated drivers... Is it my mobo or is the drive faulty?


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1 Week Ago   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Test your device.
This little program is very good.
http://www.heise.de/ct/Redaktion/bo/...2testw_1.4.zip
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1 Week Ago   #3
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Beautiful! I'll start testing this evening and report back when I'm finished. Thank you!
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1 Week Ago   #4
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Results!

USB 3.0 REAR PORT:
Stopped at 52048 MByte
23:21 min
37.1 MByte/s

Error writing file 'J:\51.h2w', offset 0x35000000.
It is still possible to verify the test data written up to this point.
(The system cannot find the file specified. Code 2)
Warning: Only 60963 of 61053 MByte tested.
Writing speed: 37.1 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

Flash drive was automatically uninstalled by Windows Explorer, then reinstalled as "unknown device". This happened frequently in the past with other USB flash drives plugged into this port.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

USB 3.0 FRONT PORT:
60963 MByte
48:00 min
21.2 MByte/s

Warning: Only 60963 of 61053 MByte tested.
Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 21.2 MByte/s
Reading speed: 41.7 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

Windows did not recognize the flash drive until after plugging it and unplugging it three times in one of two front panel 3.0 ports. The other front panel 3.0 port never recognized the flash drive at all.

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USB 2.0 REAR PORT:
60963 MByte
57:45min
17.6 MByte/s

Warning: Only 60963 of 61053 MByte tested.
Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 17.6 MByte/s
Reading speed: 26.5 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

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USB 2.0 EXTENSION CORD (1m length) TO REAR PORT:

60963 Mbyte
57:45 min
17.6 MByte/s


Warning: Only 60963 of 61053 MByte tested.
Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 17.6 MByte/s
Reading speed: 26.5 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Conclusion: Rear panel USB 2.0 ports work fine with this USB 3.0 flash drive. There are no front panel USB 2.0 ports on my rig.
Once again, my crappy Etron USB 3.0 chip on my motherboard proves that it's junk, and my AMD Southbridge 2.0 capabilities work just fine. I'll mark this one as solved. Thanks, Megahertz07!
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1 Week Ago   #5
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Download and install USB 3 drive (1.0.0.118)
http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList...etron_usb3.exe

USB 3.0 cables should be short as possible.
I have a USB 3.0 front panel bracket that came with a 2.5 feet cable that wasn't working properly.
After shortening it to 8" it worked fine.
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1 Week Ago   #6
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

That's the driver I'm presently using, MHz. My USB 3.0 cables are permanently attached to my case and are about 20cm long.
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1 Week Ago   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Try to repeat the USB 3.0 failed test without the extension cables, attaching the Lexar directly to the slot.
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1 Week Ago   #8
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

After 11 minutes in a rear-panel USB 3.0 port, the computer screen went black and automatically rebooted.
Checking the flash drive, there's 24GB written.
I'm pretty sure at this point it's my motherboard's USB 3.0 chip. It's widely known to be faulty.
etron usb 3.0 faulty‬‏ - بحث Google
I never have trouble with 3.0 devices in 2.0 ports, with or without extensions.
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