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Old 08-13-2009, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I am trying to format my flash drive but for some reason 2 of my PC's wont allow me to. Is there a way I can accomplish this via some other means? Please let me know.

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Why won't they allow you to? Did you go to Disk Management and try it that way?
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Why won't they allow you to? Did you go to Disk Management and try it that way?
When I try to format it the normal way of RC on the drive and select format I get the following error "windows was unable to complete the format".

How do I do it from DM?

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Assuming XP, should be similar for Vista or 7:
Start menu, control panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, disk management.

I can look up Vista-specific instructions if you want.
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Assuming XP, should be similar for Vista or 7:
Start menu, control panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, disk management.

I can look up Vista-specific instructions if you want.
I am using win 7 and I know how to get to DM but where do I do it from there plz?

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EDIT: how do I tell if it is write protected?
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RIght click the flash drive then go to properties.

You may have a virus too, are you up-to-date with scans and protection? We just delt with a version of the conflicker worm at work that wouldn't allow you to format flash drives because it wrote itself to the drive.
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