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Windows 7: thumb drive troubles

11 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
thumb drive troubles

I am having trouble with my thumb drive. I can format it okay with FAT32, but not NTFS. Both Full and Quick format both end with "The format did not complete successfully". I have also tried from the command prompt and GParted. GParted did not return any errors, but Windows would not recognize it. Any suggestions?

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11 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Try it from an elevated cmd prompt.

You could use #1-#11 in this tutorial (method 2) to do it.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create[2]=General%20Tips
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11 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

JK - You could open a command prompt and type;

list disk
select disk # (be deadly sure it' the right disk!)
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs quick
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12 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thanks for the tips, Nate and Stu. Neither solution worked. Nate: the program succeeded, but it formatted my drive as FAT32.
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12 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

If you used method 2 in that tutorial and typed format=ntfs I don't know how that could happen.

I have had flash drives I could not format to different that default. Maybe this is one.

You may need to try a different flash drive.

Sorry I could not have been more helpful. Good luck
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12 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64

I have been thinking similar thoughts. Let me post a screenshot, just for your benefit.
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I did not do a full format, just for the sake of time, but believe me, after it finishes an hour later, it gives the same message.

I am still having trouble with my Event Viewer, so I cannot check the error. Later tonight I will do a Repair Install.

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