How do you Format a RAW USB Flash Drive under WinXP

By richelm ยท 116 replies
Nov 28, 2004
  1. 8578706

    8578706 TS Rookie

    i was able to fix my sandisk 512 mb using killdisk
  2. Tribal-Phoenix

    Tribal-Phoenix TS Rookie Posts: 92

    noone of those advice helped... using kill disk it jurt gave me an error for every sector, windows management thing said it was write protected too, all this crap happened after i used truecrypt to make an encrypted partition on my usb. any advices ?
  3. ebi1060

    ebi1060 TS Rookie

    help me to format my falsh USB disk

    i have a 512meg Joger falsh disk that i can not format it! i use a software named "HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool" but when i want to format it i recive a error "the disk is write protected" even i can not format it via win XP SP2!! please help me! ia cant delete files or copy a file in it!! :dead:
  4. Tribal-Phoenix

    Tribal-Phoenix TS Rookie Posts: 92

    i brough mine to the store and they said its a hardware glitch.
  5. AlexM15

    AlexM15 TS Rookie

    Okay, so I've got a weird situation. I did something to my USB drive (not even sure what) and here's what happens. When I plug it in to my computer, the computer finds it, but doesn't allow me to do anything with it. I've tried the killdisk thing and the drive is 'unavailable' or something. and the HP fixer said there was no room on the drive (and it also recognized it as a 0, yes zero, mb drive. I've tried the computer management thingy and it's not even listed, though if you open My Computer, its listed there. And to top it all off, whatever's wrong with it causes my computer to freak out because once its plugged in, svchost.exe freaks out and is doing something to take up anywhere between 40-80 percent of my CPU power.

    ANY help would be a god send. Thank you!!!
  6. Tedster

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

  7. Diego Olea

    Diego Olea TS Rookie

    Hello, I tried KillDisk but this get stuck after recognition of USB devices, do you know how to work around ? Thanks.
  8. Suckaa

    Suckaa TS Rookie

    Pls Help me..

    I've got the same problem as u guyz got. I've a brand new 512MB MP3 USB FLash drive which is not even worth a penny now. I botched up by formatting it. Now it shows only 242 MB. I've tried all the methods that you guys have mentioned. But None of those helped. I've tried Killdisk., Hp software(Which was the culprit). and Disk management in Win Xp.

    Hope u guyz can Sort out..!

    Thnx in advance..
  9. Tedster

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

  10. Haus

    Haus TS Rookie


    Nice knowledge of Windows... didn't even know that utility exsisted. Thanks a bunch!
  11. rafaelz5

    rafaelz5 TS Rookie

    hi. i also have the same problem.mine is a sony vaio 1GB usb flash. the problem with my device is that the files gets corrupted everytime. When I go to computer management, there is a 1GB partition and a unallocated 127GB! I guess that's the root of the problem since the device is recognized as having 128GB in total. Then I deleted the 1GB partition...and as a result, I have an unallocated 128GB. I can't partition and format it anymore. When I tried killdisk and other software, I figured that the firmware might be busted. [​IMG] If you look at the image, the version is %z!Y. Where can I download a flash utility that will udpate the firmware for my sony vaio 1gb usb flash? Thanks! I really need help with this. thanks!
  12. isk

    isk TS Rookie

    i have an LG flashdrive, and whenever i plug it in, it says "please insert a disk into drive F". the first time i used on my pc, it was working fine, and after my friend returned it to me, it was giving this message, although it detects the usb but when i try to open it from my computer, this is what happens.
    i tried the method which you mentioned but it doesnt work, after pressing F10 and enter, it doesnt give me any instructions, but i went to the administrative tools, and then disk management, on right clicking, it has no format option
    what to do? please tell me and in an easy way
  13. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    What does it have then? Is there even a partition to format?
  14. isk

    isk TS Rookie

    nooooooo there isnt!!! :(
    what am I supposed to do?
  15. Tedster

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

    that's what stickies are for!
  16. isk

    isk TS Rookie

    what to do????? if there is no option of partition :S????????
  17. Tedster

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

    if you have read and followed everything the sticky says, then your usb is junk. Toss it.
  18. cruzeiro

    cruzeiro TS Rookie

    Flash Memory with half memory space after formatted

    I accidentally formatted my Mp3(1gb) player in Windows Xp. And now it have just 512mb of memory available, I have no idea how the disk space diminished, I would like to know where is the other 512mb and how can I recover that. Thanks a lot.
  19. rafaelz5

    rafaelz5 TS Rookie

    yup, but I still don't want to lose hope. I strongly believe that a firmware update will fix the version and thus the actual size of the unpartitioned space. All we have to do is find the firmware update.
  20. Tedster

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

    welp - if you're successfull - let everyone know, so we can add it to the sticky.
  21. helpmeout

    helpmeout TS Rookie

    plz post any such drivers for kingston...

    have kingston 128 mb usb 2 flash data traveler. once formatted on xp and the capacity reduced to 120 mb and then to 119 mb.
    tried all things to regain the lost capacity. nothing works out.
    tried active killdisk, diskeeper lite, disk management, format, partitioning utilities, u name it.
    just havent got the "drivers" to regain my lost drive capcity from kingston.
    if anyone has such a driver, can u plsz post it here for download or email me...
    any reply appreciated,
  22. helpmeout

    helpmeout TS Rookie

    also had emailed kingston customer services, havnt got their email...
  23. helpmeout

    helpmeout TS Rookie

    i forgot to mention that my 128 mb kingston worked fine in 98 se with full 128 mb. On xp, all hell broke loose... xp said- it cant read any data and format it. So, formatted it. then it all went like 128 -> 120 -> 119 mb. Now i have stopped formatting as i am tired of formatting and it stays the same 119 mb (thank god, no reductions now...)
    IS THERE ANY RELATION THAT 98 SOLVES THE PROBLEM AND XP CREATES SUCH A PROBLEM ON USB DRIVES ??? will soon try on 98 machine again at my computer class. If it solves the problemm, i will post it here.
  24. surowi

    surowi TS Rookie

    Man you rock

    I run on this forum while tyring to find solution for my USB 128mb. I accidentaly forgot it in a PC and turned it off!!

    When i wanted to acces it again all my data was lost and i couldnt format it.

    I managed to recover my data using this tool It is awesome very user friendly and it works perfect. After trying ****loads of data recovery tools and dos programs it helped me in no time.

    After that i wanted to use my USb again and you ppl kicked in to help :)

    Thank you very much

  25. skiporgnk

    skiporgnk TS Rookie

    Thank you thank you it worked great I now have my flash drive back.....
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