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    How do i protect my pen drive from being formatted

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    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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    • #2916464

      Clarifications

      by srirammig112 ·

      In reply to How do i protect my pen drive from being formatted

      Clarifications

    • #2916461

      Depending on the model

      by bizzo ·

      In reply to How do i protect my pen drive from being formatted

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

      What make/model is it?

      • #2916460

        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?

        • #2916455

          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?

        • #2916450

          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.

        • #2916444

          This is confusing me

          by bizzo ·

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

          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?

        • #2916438

          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?”

        • #2916433

          Presumably each time this happens – you format it, so …

          by older mycroft ·

          In reply to On plugging in my pen drive the contents just disappear

          HOW are you formatting it?

          Which file format do you format it to?

        • #2916432

          Does the drive wrk?

          by bizzo ·

          In reply to On plugging in my pen drive the contents just disappear

          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.

        • #2916429

          Dammit, Old Mycroft!!!!

          by bizzo ·

          In reply to On plugging in my pen drive the contents just disappear

          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 …” 😉

    • #2916425

      by older mycroft ·

      In reply to How do i protect my pen drive from being formatted

      😉

      • #3033909

        Virus???????

        by junkeagle ·

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        You’ve got a residentialviraus and your spreading it to every computer you plug that thing into

    • #2916419

      To srirammig112@…

      by bizzo ·

      In reply to How do i protect my pen drive from being formatted

      Thanks for the personal message, but it wasn’t necessary, the “You have reached your maximum message level.” message, just means that it can’t indent another message level, not that you can’t reply to a message.

      My last comment was meant as a joke to Old Mycroft, I wasn’t complaining about spending time trying to solve your problem, so please don’t take offence at that.

      To find out what file system is on your usb drive, plug it into a machine it works on, the machine you copy the files on to the drive from. Right click the drive, select properties. And in the general tab, it will show “File system:” and it may be FAT or NFTS.

      To find out the OS of the machine you need to copy the files to, right click “My Computer” and select properties. On the “General” tab, you will see “System”, and it may read something like “Microsoft Windows XP”

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