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July 24, 2011 8:47:41 AM

Hello,
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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July 24, 2011 3:51:55 PM

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.
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July 25, 2011 6:01:58 AM

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
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July 25, 2011 6:14:06 AM

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"
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July 25, 2011 7:16:06 AM

Tried File Scavenger Version 3.2 - Disk Physical 5 Drive not found. Devices see the stick as I:
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July 25, 2011 7:29:48 AM

Try what i suggested.
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July 25, 2011 7:39:25 AM

MBR is reconised in Windows 7 command line.
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July 25, 2011 9:18:50 AM

Try the usb tool from hp again and change format to fat32 or ntfs
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July 25, 2011 9:39:12 AM

Already tried NTFS and no joy. The stick is a 32gig HD.
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July 25, 2011 5:25:57 PM

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 
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July 25, 2011 5:42:02 PM

Thanks for all your suggestions, I'm now thinking about the problem in a different way.

Regards

Charlie C
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August 2, 2011 5:06:37 AM

Best answer selected by charlie cosmic.
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August 2, 2011 5:08:26 AM

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
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August 4, 2011 5:37:16 AM

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
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no pun intended
until I spot another possible solution.

Regards.

Charlie C
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