Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Formatting a USB drive

  1. #11

    Another thing I have found with USB Flash drives. I have had issues with sand disk drives and bootable drives as in windows install or Macrium Reflect recovery drives. What I found works it to clean the drive first then format I see that you didn't try that on your drive and it might be worth a try. Should show whether you got a fake drive also, as clean will take it back to blank, new format will show actual size.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12

    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Try this Tool
    Thanks KYHI, that worked like a champ. I tried NTFS but it wouldn't go, so I tried FAT32 and it formatted fine.

    Thanks Berton and LMiller7
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13

    Be very sure you us the drive as intended, as a transport media. No flash drive is sufficiently reliable to be trusted as primary storage of important files. Add to that the possibility that they may be lost, stolen, or physically damaged. And all files of any importance, regardless of the media they are on, require at least one backup copy, 2 or more backup copies if they are of particular importance.

    I would consider the drive to be of questionable reliability. Being able to be formatted as FAT 32 doesn't prove very much.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14

    Thanks LMiller7, that's good advice. I appreciate it.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Formatting a USB drive

Similar Threads
Thread Forum
change name of usb drive after formatting
hello i noticed today when formatting an external usb stick with right clik in win 8.1 change the name of usb.i have a sony micro usb stick(that was the name appeared when open ''my pc '' windows;SONY MICRO (F)).but after formatting simply appears the ...
General Support
Messed up formatting new drive
I installed a WD Black 4Tb internal drive and when asked, selected to initialise and format it as GPT. Then I created three simple volumes and all was well. Then I made the big mistake of deciding I didn't want that and tried to install it again as an MBR drive. I did something wrong somewhere as...
Drivers & Hardware
Win8.1 disk manager having trouble formatting USB drive
Win8.1 seems to have problems with an old Iomega external hard disk. The drive is SATA and the Iomega casing adds a USB connection with one cable for data and the other for extra power if required. In the past I had totally reformated the Iomega drive and got rid of the DVD ROM emulation...
General Support
Formatting and Re-installing
Hey, I have dell xps 15 windows 7 machine with 8 gigs of memory, which i recently upgraded to windows 8. But i have constantly been having problems with my hdd, I ran the dell support utility and my hdd fails the "linear read test-2" So it tells me to perform chkdsk. But my chkdsk always gets...
Installation & Setup
Formatting windows 8
I bought a Samsung laptop with windows 8 preinstalled in it.I am not getting good performance on my laptop (Laptop specs are intel i3 2nd generation,4gb ddr3 ram).When i right click on the desktop it takes about 10 seconds for the right click menu to open.Other activities too are not that fast.I...
Installation & Setup
Formatting Windows 8?
Hey, I bought an Acer Aspire V3-571G brand new a few weeks ago and I'm sending it back for a refund. I'm currently having problems with formatting it and wondered if someone could point me in the right direction. I need to remove all my personal information from the laptop but Windows 8 was...
Installation & Setup
SSD drive disappears from BIOS when formatting (GPT)
When I try to delete partitions to create a GPT partition on my 60GB Team Xtreem S1 SSD, it creates the necessary partitions and when I try to format or continue installation, it always gives error. (Booted with UEFI option) When I refresh the physical disk list, SSD drive disappears from the list...
Installation & Setup

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook