Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: 'Windows can't format this USB'

01 Aug 2011   #1
A Leopard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
'Windows can't format this USB'

I've got a 1gb Pendrive, used to work.. but it spewed up 'Corrupt files' errors, and then finally gave up completely. It won't open, and asks to format it, I've tried every option it gives me but it won't format.. Supposedly, it's got 0 bytes of space, but on Disk management, it's 969MB RAW format, but it's a healthy primary partition. Formatting isn't doing anything, so.. It's pretty important! I need the USB to flash my BIOS, which will then unlock my CPU settings (It's a modded BIOS Btw.) so I can Overclock my E6300. So.. anyone help a guy out? :'(

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Aug 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

I personally wouldn't be using a drive that had problems for a bios update. You can get tiny flash drives in the check out line for like a couple of bucks. I would go get one of those.
If a bios update fails the computer will not even power on.
This is not something you want to use jinky equipment for.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Try diskpart's clean all command & then you'll be able to do the format.
I'd just go out & buy a new one, they're dirt cheap nowadays anyway.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Aug 2011   #4
A Leopard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

I wouldn't define it as 'Jinky', as it worked seamlessly before, and it's multiple USB's that have this issue on my PC, I'll try your suggestion Reaper.

riiiiiiiight.. 'DiskPart has encountered an error: the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.
See the System event log for more information'.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Aug 2011   #5

XP Professional, 7 Professional

You might try this:

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - v2.1.8 Download - EXTREME Overclocking

I'm not sure it's any more or less functional than the standard formatting tools built into windows, but if you're lucky it will bypass whatever issue you're having with formatting the drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Aug 2011   #6
A Leopard

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

Already tried, same story. That's what I plan to use (if this gets fixed) to make it DOS bootable. I've got multiple reasons to update BIOS, Not just for OC'ing reasons, but for fixing purposes. Dual Channel won't work without an update, and my last update for BIOS was 5 years ago.. I'm in need of fixes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 'Windows can't format this USB'

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Searches in folder with general format - results in music format
Can you control the folder format that your search results opens with? My work computer keeps reverting to music format when I want the general format. I don't need to know contributing artist of my solid modeling files.
General Discussion
Best Format For Lossless Video Compression/Conversion to .avi Format?
Hi all, Just wondering, for you video editors out there, which format you prefer from the following: BGR24 RGB555 YUY2 RGBA32
Music, Pictures & Video
Can't format external HDD, except to exFat and 'quick format' enabled
Hi, So, the title basically says it all. This is what happened: My 1TB external hard drive worked just fine. I used to store there everything. It was using NTFS file system. Last week I connected it to my laptop and it was really slow when I tried to move or delete files from my pc to the...
Hardware & Devices
How do I change Video Library format to a different viewing format?
I am having a tiny problem with my computer that I don't know how to fix. Recently I had installed a new program to my computer but in doing so, the library style of my videos changed and I don't know how to fix it to what it was before. Previously it resembled the layout of my picture folder. I've...
Media Center
Low Level Format vs Clean All/Unconditional Format
I have a few questions and one of them is, what is the difference between an unconditional format and a diskpart's Clean All in the command prompt. When I read their definitions online I don't know what they differ in. If anyone could be as so kind to enlighten me on the topic, I'd thank you...
General Discussion
Windows 7 installation CD format problem UDF format
Hey guys, I downloaded Windows RC ISO file, there's a readme file that reads "This disc contains a "UDF" file system and requires an operating system that supports the ISO-13346 "UDF" file system specification." What exactly does UDF mean here? Plus, that ISO has a size of over 2GB, but when...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:50.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App