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How to format an unformatted flash drive

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I'm using Windows 7 on my PC and Vista on my Laptop. Right clicking on Vista the format option is there but errors. Downloaded 'HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool, V2.2.3' but errors with 'There is no media in the specified device.' ?
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  1. I would try formatting on an XP machine whose formatting abilities are better known to me and if the error message persists I think you have a bad drive.
  2. Thanks, I'll give it a go.
  3. Same result as HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool V2.2.3 - There is no media in specified drive.

    Thanks for your input.

    Charlie C
  4. I think it's missing the MBR which is fixable through CMD. However, I forgot the steps but google something like "How to format MBR with CMD"
  5. Tried File Scavenger Version 3.2 - Disk Physical 5 Drive not found. Devices see the stick as I:
  6. Try what i suggested.
  7. MBR is reconised in Windows 7 command line.
  8. Try the usb tool from hp again and change format to fat32 or ntfs
  9. Already tried NTFS and no joy. The stick is a 32gig HD.
  10. Best answer
    Eh.. I'm out of ideas.. try to run it as fat32 instead and see any luck there is all i can say now :P
  11. Thanks for all your suggestions, I'm now thinking about the problem in a different way.

    Regards

    Charlie C
  12. Best answer selected by charlie cosmic.
  13. ram1009 said:
    I would try formatting on an XP machine whose formatting abilities are better known to me and if the error message persists I think you have a bad drive.


    I don't know anybody with XP.

    Thanks for your input.

    Charlie C
  14. wintermint said:
    Eh.. I'm out of ideas.. try to run it as fat32 instead and see any luck there is all i can say now :P

    The Flash drive is going into storage
    Quote:
    no pun intended
    until I spot another possible solution.

    Regards.

    Charlie C
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