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Old 06-14-2005, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 256mb data stick that i use to move ict work to and from school, but the other day it broke. it suddenly did not show up in my computer, but when i open the safley remove hardware dialog box from the system tray, it was present, and when i opened the hardware properties in device manager, it said there were no problems. i opened the computer management utility from the administrators tools, and opened the disk management utility. it said the drive was present, but that it was un-specified. i right clicked, chose format as FAT32, and it then worked fine for 1 day. it has now broken again, and is not listed in disk management either, but is still mentioned in the safely remove hardware box, and in device manager. i am a bit stuck as i need it for school...
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sounds like you will need to replace it. How old is it maybe you can get an RMA.
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FAT32 is for hard drives... theres a special format for USB drives I think. Try to format it again with the software the stick came with, or just use the software to find it.
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None of the usb drives I have come with any special software or anything, and they're all formatted for FAT-32.
Looks to me like you'll have to replace it. Here's a link to another 256 mb one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820191119
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Sorry, wasnt sure.

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Old 06-14-2005, 03:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks guys, ill have to bug dad to replace it for me then
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None of the usb drives I have come with any special software or anything, and they're all formatted for FAT-32.
Looks to me like you'll have to replace it. Here's a link to another 256 mb one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820191119
Almost all USB drives are FAT, not FAT-32

Never keep important work only on USB keys, and if you have anything important mirror the USB keys.
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