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#340119 - 06/04/09 02:54 PM flash drive tech question
tacogirl Offline
Was backing up onto flashdrive and something went funny.

Now it is not being recognized when I plug it in.

Pretty sure it just needs a reformat.

Anyone have any simple tips on simple flask drive reformatting?

Thanks in advance.
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#340120 - 06/04/09 02:57 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: tacogirl]
Marty Offline
its not visible in the devices list? try a different machine maybe, then right click to format?

http://www.ehow.com/how_2006214_format-flash-drive.html
http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2005/08/fix-format-usb-flash-drives/



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#340122 - 06/04/09 03:26 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: Marty]
tacogirl Offline
Thanks Marty will have a look at those links now.

When I plug it in I get usb device not recognized.



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#340123 - 06/04/09 03:29 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: tacogirl]
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Mary is always so helpful!! laugh
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#340124 - 06/04/09 03:32 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: KC Jayhawk]
Barnacle Offline
try a different usb port?

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#340132 - 06/04/09 04:42 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: Barnacle]
Peter Jones Offline
What capacity does it have? I have been having problems with high capacity flash drives, which work correctly on some computers and not others. I have one that works on one particular USB socket but not another on the same machine. By "high capacity" I mean 16gb and 32gb - I have 8gb, 4gb and smaller drives that have never given me any problems.

When I looked up the various USB and Flash standards on Wikipedia I saw that it's actually quite complex, and the bottom line is that there are many conflicting standards attempting to co-exist. When attempting to move large files now I stick to a portable hard drive - in my experience always works.

Another issue is the formatting standard. For large files you need NTSB, but camera memory cards are usually formatted FAT32. I realised the restrictions that imposes when I tried to copy a DVD-ISO file to my 32gb camera SD card to get it home. The card is FAT32 and a DVD-ISO file won't fit. It would if I reformatted it as NTSB but then it wouldn't work in the camera.....

Now when we come to SD standards the field's wide open, and I haven't yet been able to find my way through it. The trouble is, the card manufacturers don't put crucial information on the card and you have no idea whether a particular card will work in a particular device, until you try it.

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#340148 - 06/04/09 06:01 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: Peter Jones]
tacogirl Offline
16 gig kingston Peter
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#340169 - 06/04/09 08:00 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: tacogirl]
Peter Jones Offline
OK. I have 1gb and 4gb Kingstons that work consistently properly. I also have a 32gb Kingston which occasionally throws a wobbly, like yours. I wonder whether mine (and yours) is the genuine article, as there are quite a few cheap Chinese copies around?

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#340179 - 06/04/09 08:50 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: Peter Jones]
MisterB266 Offline
I was watching a computer show last year, and the resident expert said these are great devices but they simply wear out after a while. Has to do with the solid state drives and something that wears away inside. And performing defrags can wear them out faster.

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#340521 - 06/07/09 04:39 PM Re: flash drive tech question [Re: MisterB266]
PC Owner Offline
go to control panel then administrative tools then computer management then Disk Management and select for drive port your usb is being plugged into can u can format it once u right click and go to format.....


Edited by IT PC Owner (06/07/09 04:40 PM)

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