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Windows 7: My USB flash drive won't format to NTFS

31 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 & Linux
 
 
My USB flash drive won't format to NTFS

I need my 4gb flahs disk to be formatted with NTFS, but it does not always fail. It works fine with FAT, exFAT and FAT32, but not with NTFS. I have formatted it with NTFS before....

I have tried formatting quick and slow, on Right Click ---> Format as well as on Device Manager. I still get the same error: "Windows was unable to complete the format". I have the same issue with gParted in Linux.

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31 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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31 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 & Linux
 
 

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31 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You need to enable "Optimize for performance" in "Policies" tab in the usb drive properties, before formatting in ntfs.
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31 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 & Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
You need to enable "Optimize for performance" in "Policies" tab in the usb drive properties, before formatting in ntfs.
That does not make any difference
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31 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Try using Gparted. Heres a tutorial.

GParted Usage Tutorial - Computer Forums
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08 May 2013   #7

windows 7 home basic 64 bit
 
 

This is the problem.. it persists


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08 May 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi Sriram PV.

Welcome to SevenForums.

Why are you tagging on to a 3 year old thread? You could have started a new thread clearly defining your problem with full details.

1. What is the make/model/capacity of your pen drive?

2. Is it a new one? Still under warranty? If not, for how long have you been using it?

3. From the screenshot, I see that there are no files in it. If there are files, copy those a
to another media and then try to format it with HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool v2.2.3 Download HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.2.3 Free - Windows-based Format Utility for HP Drive Key or DiskOnKey USB Device - Softpedia
and try to format it to NTFS.

(Right click on the .exe file and Run as administrator. Make sure that the correct drive is selected for formatting. Better remove all other USB drives.)

Report results alongwith answers to the above two questions.
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08 May 2013   #9

windows 7 home basic 64 bit
 
 

its a new pen-drive. but it doesnt covers warranty. i buyed that while i was on a tour. but its an original one.. its kingston datatraveller g3 - 32gb
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08 May 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Original one -- Kingston Data Traveller g3 -32 Gb -- and you bought it without a bill and warranty. Could have cared less because it came so cheap. Right?

You may check your pen drive with H2testw Test for Fake USB Flash Drives – H2testw | Portable USB Applications

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It is preferred to copy all the files in your pen drive elsewhere, format it and then run it to write and verify. Read the Readme file.

Try to format it with the tool I had recommended. hmmmm...... you don't seem to have done it. And not a word about it.
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