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Is it posible to protect an usb flash key from formatting?

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May 1, 2009 9:58:14 PM

I've not been able to find info about this on google.

Does anyone here know if this is possible?

It's for Windows XP
May 1, 2009 10:15:01 PM

usually, a flash drive doesn't format unless you tell it to. otherwise you have something wrong with your computer
May 2, 2009 3:57:21 AM

Umm couple of quick questions.
1. Is it formating when you plug it in(with out command)
2. If it is have you tryed a diffrent usb port
3. Why are you trying to keep it from being formated.
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May 2, 2009 7:13:33 AM

sorry I think i'm not been clear.

Let's try it again:

Is there a way to prevent a Windows user from formatting a usb flash key?

I want to attach a software that my costumers can't delete easily (at least not with the format utility in Windows Explorer)

thanks for helping and sorry for my english


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May 2, 2009 9:01:06 AM

A partition editor (PartedMagic, Gparted, (maybe) Partition Magic (not sure)) will allow you to mark the partition as write protected (partition flags), this should protect against formating and file deletion, however a user who knows what He/She is doing will still be able to clear the write protect.
May 9, 2009 5:14:23 AM

what about if I need to disable it from formatting but still be possible to write documents?
Is there any way to do this?

Getting rid of the "Format" option from the right-click menu in My PC would be enough for me.

thanks for your time ;)