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Windows 7: Can't Format

26 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Can't Format

I recently lost the right click | format ability. I can right click and choose format, but the dialogue box doesn't open. I also attempt to format by right click on the drive in Explorer but get a pop-up every time as depicted in the attached screen shot. The disk has no write-protect switch and I can format the disk in disk administrator then write files to the disk. I am a huge right click junkie so this is driving me nuts. I am sure there is a quick fix I am missing but have done everything I can think of.

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26 Apr 2013   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Welcome scout617,

Can you give us a screen snip from your Disk Management ?

Start Computer Management Disk Management
Maximize to full screen
Take a Snip of it with the Snipping Tool, Save snip, then upload the snip here in your post.
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26 Apr 2013   #3
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27 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Here you go.


Thank you for the help.


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27 Apr 2013   #5

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

From the snip, this looks like a 2gb USB flash drive ? And you are on a MAC, was it originally formatted on a Mac ?

Since I have not had any Science Experiments with MAC's, I don't want to suggest anything that may make things worse.
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27 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
You can't make it worse

I formatted the USB disk in Windows using disk management. That works. Unfortunately I can't right click format, nor can I format in Explorer. Totally bizarre I know. But I teach, a lot. And format frequently. Small potatoes but the extra clicks when you are in a routine are not fun, and frankly, I am intrigued. I am thinking a registry value got hosed somewhere.

Strangely, when I right click and choose format, nothing happens. When I insert a USB disk, the window I sent in my first post pops up, and then format fails. Then I can go to disk management and format there.
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