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    Default USB problems, drive that is.

    When trying to delete a usb drive, I right click and go to format, it appears to format but when trying to add to the USB it shows as not being formatted.
    I have tried on 2 computers with same result.
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    Default Re: USB problems, drive that is.

    Happens on a lot of older thumb-drives that end up dying, time to bin it and get another.
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    Default Re: USB problems, drive that is.

    Note: the following advice is dangerous. If you accidently get the wrong disk number, you can toast your Windows install.

    If you're not comfortable with the command prompt, don't proceed.

    So disclaimers out of the way.

    It could be your primary partition is toasted, but otherwise OK. (The rest of the partitions would show up as unallocated)

    The trick is deleting all partitions and reformatting the drive.

    Here's a guide from Seagate that walks you through it, basically using Microsoft supplied DISKPART to do it.

    I know Seagate is talking about a specific problem with 3TB drives, but the steps will work with any size drive.

    http://knowledge.seagate.com/article...language=en_US
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    Default Re: USB problems, drive that is.

    Maybe you are formatting them to NTFS? They should be Fat32.

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