Disk is not formatted (USB)

By christy26 ยท 7 replies
Jul 14, 2010
  1. i'm having a problem with my usb (kingmax 4gb)
    when i click it, it just say disk is not formatted.
    then when i click yes to format, it says there is no disk in drive
    and said the disk cannot be formatted.

    anyone know why it's like that ? and how to solve it.
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Can you try to format it on some other computer?

    If its a new disk, and it doesn't work on another computer, I'd suggest that you take it back to shop from where you bought it and asked them to replace it.
  3. christy26

    christy26 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried to format in other computer.
    But it doesn't work.. So i think it's the usb problem.. and it's not a new disk.. so can't replace i think..
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Well bad luck, next time when you buy it I'll suggest you to get Corsair's USB stick(s); so far from various brand's I've used, they seems to be bit better. Regards
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    can you see the device in the Disk Manager?
    right-click My Computer->manage->Disk Management

    if so, DELETE the partition and then create a new one and format it FAT32 to keep
    original compatibility. NTFS is a better choice but not all systems (OS X, Linux) can read it.

    CAUTION: taking this path WILL destroy all data than is on the device and you lose all hope
    of an recovery.
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    The Kingmax, if like their other models, will only format using FAT32. When that doesn't work, it is usually dead forever. The kingmax folks will replace if less than one year old, upon proof of purchase.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    you CAN format it from the command line as NTFS
    format DLA: /FS:ntfs​
    C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff>format /?
    Formats a disk for use with Windows XP.
    FORMAT volume [/FS:file-system] [/V:label] [/Q] [/A:size] [/C] [/X]
    FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q] [/F:size]
    FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q] [/T:tracks /N:sectors]
    FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q]
    FORMAT volume [/Q]
      volume          Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
                      mount point, or volume name.
      /FS:filesystem  Specifies the type of the file system (FAT, FAT32, or NTFS).
      /V:label        Specifies the volume label.
      /Q              Performs a quick format.
      /C              NTFS only: Files created on the new volume will be compressed
                      by default.
      /X              Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.  All opened
                      handles to the volume would no longer be valid.
      /A:size         Overrides the default allocation unit size. Default settings
                      are strongly recommended for general use.
                      NTFS supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K.
                      FAT supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K,
                      (128K, 256K for sector size > 512 bytes).
                      FAT32 supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K,
                      (128K, 256K for sector size > 512 bytes).
                      Note that the FAT and FAT32 files systems impose the
                      following restrictions on the number of clusters on a volume:
                      FAT: Number of clusters <= 65526
                      FAT32: 65526 < Number of clusters < 4177918
                      Format will immediately stop processing if it decides that
                      the above requirements cannot be met using the specified
                      cluster size.
                      NTFS compression is not supported for allocation unit sizes
                      above 4096.
      /F:size         Specifies the size of the floppy disk to format (1.44)
      /T:tracks       Specifies the number of tracks per disk side.
      /N:sectors      Specifies the number of sectors per track.
    C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff>
  8. catchercradle

    catchercradle TS Rookie

    Interestingly, my partner had this message today with her computer and an external usb hard disk and windows xp. I took the disk to my own computer and was able to mount the drive with linux and back up all the data. I then burned the most important bits to dvd. Strangely when returned to the original computer the disk worked normally.
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