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Windows 8.1 Won't Format Flash Drive

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Won't Format Flash Drive


    This flash drive wont format when I right click and choose format as nothing happens when I do so. I have another flash drive that Windows wont even recognize at all. This is very frustarting and I can't figure out what steps I may be missing in order to get this thing to work. I have tried shutting my PC down and then plugging in the flash drive, then turning it back on to no avail.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Please try to format using GParted live if it won't format from Windows. GParted -- GParted Live Manual
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    Which drive are you referring to? Surely not M: according to size. Have you tried format command through elevated command prompt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Which drive are you referring to? Surely not M: according to size. Have you tried format command through elevated command prompt?
    I think he's referring to the one labeled E:
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    Quote Originally Posted by softwaremaniac View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Which drive are you referring to? Surely not M: according to size. Have you tried format command through elevated command prompt?
    I think he's referring to the one labeled E:
    Oh yea, doesn't even show a volume. Something is messed up. You may be right going with GParted. Could also see if Disk Management works.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by softwaremaniac View Post
    Please try to format using GParted live if it won't format from Windows. GParted -- GParted Live Manual
    Im not sure how to do that :-(
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    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Download the iso image from the website and burn it on a blank cd using imgBurn software.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by softwaremaniac View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Which drive are you referring to? Surely not M: according to size. Have you tried format command through elevated command prompt?
    I think he's referring to the one labeled E:
    Oh yea, doesn't even show a volume. Something is messed up. You may be right going with GParted. Could also see if Disk Management works.
    Disk Managment seems to be a dead end as well.
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    Then do it using GParted.
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    Windows 8.1


    I don't have any blank CD-ROM's around to use for the GParted. This thing is more complicated than I expected.
    The reason I needed the flash drive was to copy a file onto it in order to transfer that said file unto my car stereo deck in order to update the firmware. I recently discovered that there was a way to transfer that file to the car deck without using a flash drive so it turns out I don't need this flash drive after all. Thank you to all who responded with tips/pointers regarding this issue. I'm all set now but your efforts to help are appreciated.
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