Cant delete or format my usb stick

By dubR
Mar 17, 2010
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  1. for some reason i cant delete files on my usb stick
    i tried manually and even tried to format the stick but nothing works...i already checked if the files are protected,it says no

    anybody can help?
  2. ucould2

    ucould2 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 335

    Computer Management

    Did you open Computer Management and view the Volume there?
    < Left mouse click on 'My Computer'
    < Right mouse click on pop down menu 'Manage'
    < Left mouse click on 'Disk Management'
    < Left click drive in question
    < Left click 'Action' from the pop down menu 'All Tasks' then select 'Format'
    Hope this Helps :)
    Edit You can corrupt 'flash drives' by simply not using the Windows disconnect tool or not shutting down Windows prior to removing the drive (they are HOT connectible but not HOT dis-connectible)
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,580   +76

    Stick the stick in a freezer lock bag and place that stick in the bag in the freezer for 24 hours. Then try it again. If the second post doesn't solve your issue.
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    HP USB format utility.
  5. Fantasizer

    Fantasizer Newcomer, in training

    It may refer to this:
    Go to properties of the file, uncheck the "read only".
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