Does a memory stick need formatting when bought new

I bought a new memory stick and on inserting into the USB port it says it needs formating, but on formating and completion the computer tells me yhe stick cannot be formated
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  1. Sounds like you have a faalty memory stick - they are usually formatted whne you buy them (FAT32) - have you tried using it on another PC ?
  2. thank you
  3. In general they probably do not need to be formatted. If the stick comes with proprietary software for launching portable apps, then I usually do format it first.

    If you are getting an error about not able to format the stick, then I agree with ulysses35 and recommend trying it in another PC. Check in Disk Management and see if the device shows up there as well.
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