Clearing Preloaded Fash Drives

By roccopeterbilt
Aug 6, 2007
  1. I have recently recieved a bunch of *free* very small (128mb) flash drives. They come preloaded with advertisements in some cases and wierd programs in others that winXP is telling me not to install. Is there anyway to wipe these drives clean, reformat them or somehow "fix" them so they are more usable?
    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    easy. Either manually delete the files or go to disk management under computer management in the control panel and format the drives. Remember to format them in FAT32.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    I think he is talking about U3 drives. You need a special utility to remove the U3 functionality from the drive.
  4. roccopeterbilt

    roccopeterbilt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Not U3

    They are not U3 devices. Reformatting seems to have worked. They have been wiped clean, but the devices are sometimes not recognized when plugged into a usb port and can not be opened. Don't know why, but thanks for fix.
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