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How to format a RAW flash drive?

By sadbluescreener ยท 6 replies
Jun 2, 2011
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  1. Hello, i'm currently using a windows XP computer. i was trying to run Google Chrome portable with extensions from the flash drive and some folders on my flash drive suddenly became filled with folders with strange symbols as their names/ When i look at the size of these folders i that they're much bigger than my 2Gb flash drive.

    When I try to format it, i get an error message saying "windows was unable to complete the format". what is happening to it? is there any way to fix it?
  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 397

  3. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 136

    thank you but once i install that software, what do i need to do?
  4. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 397

    Simply run Partition Master

    Right click on your removable drive and select delete partition, next select Format Partition, click on Apply Button (Check Mark)
  5. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 514

    Do you have any other important files on the flashdrive?

    If you have, make sure to save them before reformatting, otherwise they will be pretty much lost after a potential reformat.

    Have you checked the format system? You mentioned RAW in the description, but then you shouldn't be able to see a thing inside the folders, as all the data is simply pure data without a format ('raw' data).

    If you're sure that it's a reformat you want, then for all means, go ahead with WinXPert's method.
  6. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    A similar thing happened to me before my Flash died on me. All the folders had funny symbols in them and eventually, I was unable to access them. I think it was caused by a virus. Make sure you make a backup of the data on the drive (if its important) as soon as possible. It might die on you and become completely inaccessible. Now when I try using my flash it just says "Please insert disc" or something like that...
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    HP USB format utility.

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