reformatting corrupted memory stick

By mirandamoz ·
I have a Verbatim USB memory stick which will not allow me to delete files because it says they are corrupted and unreadable. Please can someone explain how I can reformat the memory stick to start over? I am using Windows XP. Thanks, Miranda

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USB Drive Data Recovery ........

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to reformatting corrupted me ...

More here:

Or you can try this, if you do, everything will be deleted from your USB drive.

How to Repair a USB Flash Drive

Do you have a USB flash drive that just won't work anymore? Assuming the hardware is undamaged, you could try formatting the USB drive.

1) Insert the flash drive into a USB port on your computer. If it is detected, it should show up in your "My Computer" after a couple of seconds.

1.Try right clicking on the USB drive icon and then left click on format. Select NTFS for windows operating systems beyond 98. Click "start" and formatting should begin. Note: Formatting will erase everything on the device.

2.Try using the USB drive again as before.

Alternate method.

Backup all data from your hard drive to another hard drive or CDs or DVDs. Or take out the drive(s) to be sure you do not overwrite the main hardrive.

1.Turn off your computer.

2.Insert the USB drive to a USB port.

3.Turn on your computer.

4.Hit the F8 key when prompted to get to your system bios. Some computers require the "Delete" key or "F2" instead of F8. There should be a note on the screen that specifies the key.

5.Navigate your bios (usually using your cursor keys) to boot from CD/dvd drive first. Save and exit.

6.Insert your operating system disc aka Operating System Restore disc. Your computer should restart. If not, restart it yourself.

7.Follow the instructions for installing your operating system. When the option to select which drives to format comes, you should be able to see your USB disk in the list.

8.Format the disk with FAT32 for Win98 or previous. Format with NTFS for anything after e.g. NT, 2000, XP etc.

9.Depending on your options, you may be able to opt out of the operating system install at this point. If it was running well beforehand and you can, leave your other drives alone and quit the re-installation.

10.Reset the computer to boot from the disc drive the operating system is on instead of the CD/Dvd drive as before. You should have your working flash drive detecting and usable now in windows.

11.If you didn't get the option to opt out of the re-installation, continue to follow the instructions onscreen and complete the re-installation, formatting whatever drives are required. Note: Do not try to install your operating system onto your USB disk drive.

Search around for a formatting tool to reformat your drive beforehand. Re-installing an operating system is not a task to be taken lightly.
Things You'll Need
Your operating system (restore) disk.
Your operating system activation code.
Your operating system serial key.

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Format a flash drive to NTFS ???...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to USB Drive Data Recovery . ...

I don't think so.

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Mmm - NTFS DOT COM - little biased isn't it??!! :^0

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Please read here..... : ...

:^0 :^0 :^0

You try formatting to NTFS then plugging your flash drive into an older PC, or an Apple MAC, or avoiding Ownership problems with certain files, or possible Encryption problems.

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Do not knock it until you have tried it...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Mmm - NTFS DOT COM - litt ...

Have you tried it yourself?.
If no, then why the comment(s)?.

And there i was thinking you were intelligent.

These days people have new computers that can deal with this type of format changing.

Difference between you and me, i test different Flash cards and formats, you just make lousy comments. I keep to my opinion(s). No doubt you will keep to your silly comments.

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I've got 2 Corsair Flash Voyagers ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Do not knock it until you ...

1 x 16GB & 1 x 32GB.

BOTH arrived formatted to FAT32 and have remained as such ever since.

I'll pass your scathing remarks onto CORSAIR, pointing out that their judgement is lousy.

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Be my guest...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to I've got 2 Corsair Flash ...

Like i said in my earlier post, i test and try different formats, YOU do not. :)

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I seriously doubt that - more likely ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I've got 2 Corsair Flash ...

My toolkit drives have a more varied selection of machines to be plugged into than anything that you ever use.

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Easy Solution here is to

by OH Smeg In reply to reformatting corrupted me ...

Is to open the Drive Management Console and right clicking on the Drive Letter corresponding to the USB Drive that you want to Format. In the Drop Down list Left Click on Format and follow the Prompts.


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Old Mycroft, do you not mean "OLD TOOLKIT"?. :)

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to reformatting corrupted me ...

"My toolkit drives have a more varied selection of machines to be plugged".

"My toolkit is better than your toolkit?". PLease!!!! That is just kiddies talk, i thought you were better than that, but then maybe not. By the way you need to change your diaper. :)

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