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Windows 7: Unable to Use/Format 4GB HP USB Drive

09 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Unable to Use/Format 4GB HP USB Drive

When I plug it in, it says it needs to be Formatted, when I try to Format it says that it can't.

Any ideas?

Windows 7 x64

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09 Jun 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Specific wording of error you get when trying to format it? A Guy
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09 Jun 2010   #3
ryo

 
 

hit the start buttom and type cmd.exe in the search box and hit ctrl+shift+enter to get administrator command line,when prompt press yes, or enter administrative credentials in the UAC pop up box.
at the command prompt line, type format <drive letter> : /FS:FAT32
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10 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yeah none of the Command Prompt stuff ever works for me. EVER. call I get is C:/Users/Josh that's all.

EDIT: I blew into the USB Port, and now it works.
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10 Jun 2010   #5
ryo

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post
Yeah none of the Command Prompt stuff ever works for me. EVER. call I get is C:/Users/Josh that's all.

EDIT: I blew into the USB Port, and now it works.
glad can help you solved it out.
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10 Jun 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post

EDIT: I blew into the USB Port, and now it works.
Maybe we should recommend this from now on?

A Guy
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10 Jun 2010   #7
ryo

 
 

some of the usb port maybe already broken, can try the other one.. it's the hardware issue.
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10 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Actually, it's not as daft as it seems. It could be a build up of dust or other foreign matter on the contacts which is preventing a clean connection. Blowing into the socket helps to remove such stuff.
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10 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Actually, it's not as daft as it seems. It could be a build up of dust or other foreign matter on the contacts which is preventing a clean connection. Blowing into the socket helps to remove such stuff.
Or places a trace of conductive spittle upon it causing further complications until it dries.
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10 Jun 2010   #10

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Actually, it's not as daft as it seems. It could be a build up of dust or other foreign matter on the contacts which is preventing a clean connection. Blowing into the socket helps to remove such stuff.
Oh, not daft at all. It's a perfect KISS 1st answer

A Guy
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