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need to reformat Verbatum 8GB usb write-protected-HOW?

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need to reformat Verbatum 8GB usb write-protected-HOW?

katbirdmine
I have a 8 gb Verbatim USB
someone accidentally erased the V-safe folders

I see all files
Winxp says the drive is working etc

cannot reformat using HP reformat usb tool
because it is write- protected

Cannot paste new copy of V-safe for same write-protect reason.

I have searched but not found any solutions that work- has anyone have a solution?
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    OldER Mycroft

    Well, that "someone" must have also had the password in order to gain entry to the drive.

    As to "accidentally erased" I just don't buy that.

    Without the V-safe folder(s) you have zero chances of access. Your USB Verbatim is SNAFU.

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    katbirdmine

    it had been plugged in for some time-- the next operator owner wanted to clean up some files and didn't realize that the vault folder needed to be left there. . . And didn't realize the error until much later and we noticed that Norton wanted to "fix" something but was not able to.
    don't even care about the info- it can be coppied --with difficulty
    just would like the drive back- it is 8 GB

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    ComputerCookie

    get a tool to fix the problem, it may cost money, it's up to you most companies have the same and they should work on any flash drive.

    Look it up!!!!!

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    ComputerCookie

    but I looked again and for sure it was Mycroft, no don't tell me, you spent all weekend with your arse on fire WOW, isn't it time to retire!!!

    LOL

    Jeff

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    Dumphrey

    full of good cheer. Some days he makes me roll in the floor... but then I get all dusty and have ti curse his name....

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    OldER Mycroft

    "If Flying Officer ComputerCookie would care to leave the ribbon, taxi out and take to the air please!"

    "Sqdrn Ldr OldMycroft will be only too happy to re-introduce him to Terra Firma!"

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    katbirdmine

    if ya leave it in the drive and it has been open for some time- someone who is a bit "absentee" is able to delete stuff then shut down and yank it out-- that is in fact how it did happen- and I have not had the time to fiddle and gave it up

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    Dumphrey

    partition, the use a Linux live cd and fdisk or gparted to format the flash drive as fat32. Then, when you plug it into a windows box, you can then reformat to NTFS. You will also loose the encryption binary on the disk, so you will need to download and install a version of this from verbatim. Or better yet, Truecrypt.

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    katbirdmine

    I will certainly attempt that- I have used everything from safe boot operations to HP reformat tool and everything else I know of- nothing would cross the write barrier.
    I will certainly attempt this solution- only I have never worked much with Linux although much intrigued by it all- but environments I was in was never kind-
    Would you be so kind as to point me to this resource and also walk me through it?
    I am not a total noob but may as well be in Linux. Thanks so much for responding

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    Dumphrey

    and download the live cd iso.
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
    burn this to cd, and boot your computer from this cd. Just accept all defaults.
    At the "desktop" you should be fine. Open gparted if its not open by default, and browse the view for your flash drive (most likely sda or sdb). Make sure you look at the SIZE of the disk to prevent erasing your main HD partition. It will be very similar to windows disk manager.
    Use the menus to remove and reformat the flashdrive with fat32, primary partition.
    Move the flashdrive to windows, reformat in diskmanager to ntfs.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Well, that "someone" must have also had the password in order to gain entry to the drive.

    As to "accidentally erased" I just don't buy that.

    Without the V-safe folder(s) you have zero chances of access. Your USB Verbatim is SNAFU.

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    katbirdmine

    it had been plugged in for some time-- the next operator owner wanted to clean up some files and didn't realize that the vault folder needed to be left there. . . And didn't realize the error until much later and we noticed that Norton wanted to "fix" something but was not able to.
    don't even care about the info- it can be coppied --with difficulty
    just would like the drive back- it is 8 GB

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    ComputerCookie

    get a tool to fix the problem, it may cost money, it's up to you most companies have the same and they should work on any flash drive.

    Look it up!!!!!

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    ComputerCookie

    but I looked again and for sure it was Mycroft, no don't tell me, you spent all weekend with your arse on fire WOW, isn't it time to retire!!!

    LOL

    Jeff

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    Dumphrey

    full of good cheer. Some days he makes me roll in the floor... but then I get all dusty and have ti curse his name....

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    OldER Mycroft

    "If Flying Officer ComputerCookie would care to leave the ribbon, taxi out and take to the air please!"

    "Sqdrn Ldr OldMycroft will be only too happy to re-introduce him to Terra Firma!"

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    katbirdmine

    if ya leave it in the drive and it has been open for some time- someone who is a bit "absentee" is able to delete stuff then shut down and yank it out-- that is in fact how it did happen- and I have not had the time to fiddle and gave it up

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    Dumphrey

    partition, the use a Linux live cd and fdisk or gparted to format the flash drive as fat32. Then, when you plug it into a windows box, you can then reformat to NTFS. You will also loose the encryption binary on the disk, so you will need to download and install a version of this from verbatim. Or better yet, Truecrypt.

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    katbirdmine

    I will certainly attempt that- I have used everything from safe boot operations to HP reformat tool and everything else I know of- nothing would cross the write barrier.
    I will certainly attempt this solution- only I have never worked much with Linux although much intrigued by it all- but environments I was in was never kind-
    Would you be so kind as to point me to this resource and also walk me through it?
    I am not a total noob but may as well be in Linux. Thanks so much for responding

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    Dumphrey

    and download the live cd iso.
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
    burn this to cd, and boot your computer from this cd. Just accept all defaults.
    At the "desktop" you should be fine. Open gparted if its not open by default, and browse the view for your flash drive (most likely sda or sdb). Make sure you look at the SIZE of the disk to prevent erasing your main HD partition. It will be very similar to windows disk manager.
    Use the menus to remove and reformat the flashdrive with fat32, primary partition.
    Move the flashdrive to windows, reformat in diskmanager to ntfs.