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USB Drive Formatting Error

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  • Started 9 years ago by gazelle
  • Latest reply from vistamike
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gazelle
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Hi,

I have an 8GB Sandisk USB flash drive, relatively new. Recently when transferring some files there was an error and the drive could not be opened, so I tried to format the drive. The Windows utility could not format the disk, so I have since tried using the command prompt and various file format commands:

format F:/q
format F:/fs:fat
format F:/fs:fat32
format F:/fs:ntfs

Each time I get the following results:

Insert new disk for drive F:
and press ENTER when ready...
The type of the file system is RAW.
The new file system is FAT. (or whatever I tried)
Verifying 8064M
Error in IOCTL call.

Its the final line that has got me stumped.
I've had a search and cant find any solution, so I was wondering if anyone else has come across this, and whether anyone knows of a way to solve the problem.

Im on Windows 7. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Posted 9 years ago
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raphoenix
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gazelle,

Welcome to HTG.

The api call IOCTL cannot determine the stucture of the flash drive. (In Simple Terms)

GOOD INFO concerning solid state memory devices.
http://www.lostcircuits.com/ma.....8;Itemid=1
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2738

Not sure of a solution unless Sandisk provided special setup software.

Others may have run into same problem and found a fix for the error condition
you ran into so watch your topic.

Regards,
Rick P.

Posted 9 years ago
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LH
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I have an 8GB Sandisk (new), and it works like all the the others I have. No special software required.

Posted 9 years ago
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germ-x
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Have you plugged in another flash drive, does it work, read /write? Can you format in another computer?

Posted 9 years ago
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StringJunky
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Can just pulling a flashdrive out without using Safely Remove Hardware option first physically damage the drive?

Posted 9 years ago
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gazelle
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Hi germ-x,

Thanks for the reply. My other flash drives work fine. I have just tried it on a computer with XP a couple of times, each time it seemed to get a little further down the path of formatting the drive, but ultimately it came up with more error message (which i stupidly forgot to note down).

Im beginning to think that the drive may just be broken. Shame since it's only about a week old!

Posted 9 years ago
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germ-x
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Take it back. Warranty is usually 1-2 yrs.

edit: thry this formatting software http://hddguru.com/
one more thing to try:
In disk Management, try right clicking on the left hand panel next to the drive and see if the Initialize option is available. If so, try that before you do the format.

Posted 9 years ago
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raphoenix
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@g-x,

NO..NO..

DO NOT use http://hddguru.com/ link for SSD.

Read my links above on how SSD works. :) :)

Best Regards,
Rick P.

Posted 9 years ago
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g-man666
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Hi,

see this article
http://www.quickonlinetips.com.....sh-drives/
This is actually a really useful thing.

or

Well, first off, storing your only copy of important files on a USB FLASH device is not exactly the smartest course of action. Have you tried it on another machine?

try this:

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.
If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

Posted 9 years ago
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germ-x
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@raphoenix, Some long and informative reading. I have used simular software on my 4gb Cruzer flash drive and it appeared to work. I think the type of memory in SSD's is different then that in a flash drive. Guess I have to keep looking for a better way to clean / format a USB flash drive

thanks
g-x

Posted 9 years ago
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marks100
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hi gazelle, tried another usb port to see if its recognised there? does it work in other pc,/laptops i mean is it recognised?

Posted 9 years ago
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raphoenix
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@All,

Will be recommending these SSDs in Raid Arrays starting next week for Builders.
http://www.computerworld.com/s.....2010-04-09
They have this controller.
http://benchmarkreviews.com/in.....;Itemid=60

The times, they are changing very fast now. :) :)

Regards,
Rick P.

Posted 9 years ago
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marks100
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r,p.... bob dylan lol,lol but not forgotten what a state we would be in you where there knee deep and higher :)

Posted 9 years ago
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raphoenix
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Yep, I'm left over from a by gone era. (LOL) (LOL)

Posted 9 years ago
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marks100
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as they said 'B.T.O' you ent seen nothin yet!! i think or 'bad to the bone' ?? not sure you will be lol,lol

Posted 9 years ago
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romajikeke
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i have a 32GB trancend flash drive and i just used it for one day and then it crashed. this is what happened, i was sending movies to the usb and just pulled it out to cancel the copying and when i inserted it again it asked to be formatted and after that it said unable to format. i tried any programs and a few methods from the internet and nothing seemed to work so i thought maybe you guys could help out

Posted 7 years ago
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vistamike
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romajikeke hi. Could you repost this as a new topic, this one is a year old. Thanks.

Mike

Posted 7 years ago
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