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How do i protect my pen drive from being formatted

By srirammig112 ·
hi,
I wanna know how do i protect my 2GB pen drive from getting formatted.My problem is i use this pen drive for almost all purposes and i faced this format problem lot of times.I am just fed up of this because it is really time consuming to reload all data into this pen drive and start using all over again only to find that it has got formatted again.Is it a problem with my pen drive or are there any tools which when loaded onto my pen drive can
stop it from being formatted.Please help me with this.

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Depending on the model

by Bizzo In reply to How do i protect my pen d ...

It may have a lock on it to prevent it being written to.

What make/model is it?

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How can i lock it.

by srirammig112 In reply to Depending on the model

my pen drive's make is Kingston 2gb.Please can u tell me how can i prevent it from formatting.I use it on a lot of computers.Is there any solution or a program where if i load on to any pc it should prompt me if my pen drive is getting formatted?yes or no?

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KIngston 2GB?

by Bizzo In reply to How can i lock it.

There's a lof of different models. From this link you should be able to download the manual for your drive, which may or may not have a write protect switch:
http://www.kingston.com/support/USBFLASHDRIVES/default.asp

If it's being formatted without you being asked "are you sure?" then I think there's something wrong.

If you're copying files from the drive onto the PC, then are you copying or moving? Moving the files will delete them off your drive.

When you remove the drive, are you doing the "safely remove hardware" thing, or just unplugging it?

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YOU ARE RIGHT.IT IS NOT ASKING ME BEFORE THE FORMAT

by srirammig112 In reply to KIngston 2GB?

YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.IT IS NOT ASKING OR DOESNT GIVE ME A PROMPT.IT DIRECTLY FORMATS ALL FILES BY ITSELF.THIS HAPPENNED TO ME AT LEAST 5-6 TIMES.PLEASE HELP ME.

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This is confusing me

by Bizzo In reply to YOU ARE RIGHT.IT IS NOT A ...

Does a window appear and say it is formatting your drive? Or do the contents just disappear?

When does this appear? As soon as you plug the drive in? When you're using the drive? Or when you remove the drive?

Does this happen on every machine? Or just one?

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On plugging in my pen drive the contents just disappear

by srirammig112 In reply to This is confusing me

On plugging in my pen drive the contents just disappear,i will not get auto play and when i try opening it through 'my computer' then it asks for "drive is not formatted?do you want to format?"something like that.When i unplug using "safely remove hardware" and connect my pen drive to another pc then too this message appears "drive is not formatted?do you want to format?"

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Presumably each time this happens - you format it, so ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to On plugging in my pen dri ...

HOW are you formatting it?

Which file format do you format it to?

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Does the drive wrk?

by Bizzo In reply to On plugging in my pen dri ...

Does the drive work on any other machine?

When you plug it back into "your" machine does it work? Do you need to reformat it after it's failed?

What is the OS of the machines it's failing on?
And what file system is currently on the usb drive, FAT, NTFS etc?

Because if you've formatted the drive as NTFS, and plug it into a windows 95/98 machine, it will say it's not formatted.

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Dammit, Old Mycroft!!!!

by Bizzo In reply to On plugging in my pen dri ...

I've spent the last hour or so on this, and you waltz straight in with the file format question.

"Standing on the shoulders of giants ..."

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<walks jauntily into the sunset, whistling ....>

by OldER Mycroft In reply to How do i protect my pen d ...
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