Unformatable Flash drive problem

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  1. Ashnal

    Ashnal New Member

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    Hey OT techies! I'm new here, so be nice please.

    Anyways, My friend has a flash drive that has some corrupted files on it. Now, I am the most tech saavy (sp?) guy he knows, so he comes to me.

    This drive cannot be written to, and I am unable to delete the files through windows. I tried to reformat it, but windows couldnt finish the reformat.

    So, I booted up my Linux partition editor (Gparted) to repartition it. I was able to delete the partition, but unable to create a new one.

    So now, I am stuck with an unformatted, unformattable flash drive.

    I read somewhere that holding up a strong magnet to it would completely erase it. Does this work?

    What can I do to get this thing reformatted?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. EvilSS

    EvilSS New Member

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    Holding it up to a magnet won't do jack. It's not a magnet storage medium. I guess if the magnet was sufficiently strong and you moved it around fast you could fry the drive through inductance but...

    Sounds like the drive is physically damaged. I'd say replace it and move on.
     
  3. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    :werd: It happens more than people think. I've had to RMA three flash drives from three manufacturers in the past 6 months.
     

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