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agatornz
05-08-2009, 06:57 PM
have a friend that seems to excel at wrecking these beastys,,, i suspect she is removing them with out ejecting them...

does this break them? is there any software fix when this happens and they refuse to show up on drives table ever again?

Blam
05-08-2009, 07:11 PM
You either reformat them or do a chkdsk on 'em(run>cmd>chkdsk X: /r) to fix the file system errors.

Provided she is not working on something while she pulls it out it should be fine and should not affect it though as it should be set as Quick Removal in device manager(run>devmgmt.msc>disk drives>doube click yours>policies)

Blam

agatornz
05-08-2009, 07:14 PM
ok - thats what i thought.. but how can i format the usb drive if every pc i plug it on to wont recognise it as being present...

Speedy Gonzales
05-08-2009, 07:15 PM
It sounds like its stuffed then. Removing it while its writing or something may corrupt it, it shouldnt make it unusuable

Blam
05-08-2009, 07:18 PM
It sounds like its stuffed then. Removing it while its writing or something may corrupt it, it shouldnt make it unusuable

Yes it can. I've seen it happen many times.

agatornz-The file system may be so dead that windows explorer doesn't see it, see if it apears in disk management(run>diskmgmt.msc)

If that fails, you may be able to boot from a gparted disc and format it.

Blam

Speedy Gonzales
05-08-2009, 07:25 PM
Maybe I havent done it enough times then :p

agatornz
05-08-2009, 07:27 PM
Thanks Blam,
your talking to a mere mortal here.. what is a gparted disk.... from my laptop?

Speedy Gonzales
05-08-2009, 07:33 PM
search for it in google

nedkelly
05-08-2009, 07:42 PM
I had the same thing happen to me.
Had my flash drive in copying things off it from school and my brother was in a mood and pulled it out. Now when I put it in it tells me to format it which I do and it says its is 8mb meant to be 512 so I format it and then it brings up an error message saying it was unable to format. Any way to get it back to working?

Blam
05-08-2009, 07:42 PM
Maybe I havent done it enough times then :p

Too true-I see this very often because I'm a high school student....and teens don't treat their laptops and periphrals like they should be:xmouth:

agatornz: Grab it from here (http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?group_id=115843&filename=gparted-live-0.4.5-2.iso&a=95579909), its an ISO file.

You burn that iso file to a CD/DVD as an image, if you don't have an image burning program use ImgBurn (http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/ImgBurn/1128426215/1)

Blam

Blam
05-08-2009, 08:00 PM
I had the same thing happen to me.
Had my flash drive in copying things off it from school and my brother was in a mood and pulled it out. Now when I put it in it tells me to format it which I do and it says its is 8mb meant to be 512 so I format it and then it brings up an error message saying it was unable to format. Any way to get it back to working?

Tried linux?

agatornz
05-08-2009, 08:13 PM
so you burn it to a cd, and then plug the defunct drive in to your pc, open the iso and ? it can see the usb drive that the computer cant? and then go ahead and format it?

Blam
05-08-2009, 08:17 PM
You need to boot from the CD, then format the drive, yep. Don't format the wrong one!:p

agatornz
05-08-2009, 08:43 PM
ok so i got the file and burned as an image to the cd... so then what..

am i assuming that you can then run the program from the image and it will recognise all the drives even the usb on the pc cant see...

agatornz
05-08-2009, 08:45 PM
ops cancel that didnt get your last.. got you know.. ;-)

Agent_24
05-08-2009, 11:23 PM
You shouldn't need to use GParted.

Just running disk management (type 'diskmgmt.msc') should allow you to see the drive (even if the filesystem is corrupted) and reformat it.

Blam
05-08-2009, 11:38 PM
You shouldn't need to use GParted.

Just running disk management (type 'diskmgmt.msc') should allow you to see the drive (even if the filesystem is corrupted) and reformat it.

Windows does not always see the drive, even in disk management

Agent_24
06-08-2009, 12:52 AM
I know but that usually doesn't happen

pctek
06-08-2009, 08:09 AM
have a friend that seems to excel at wrecking these beastys,,, i suspect she is removing them with out ejecting them...

does this break them?

It can corrupt the data, yes.