lej2050
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Format Flash Drive

I have Dell Dimension 2400 with XP. I bought a 64gb flash drive from ebay and it turns out it was from China. When I first pluged it in it worked Ok. That is you could move things to and from the hard drive by dragging and dropping or  copy and paste. I kept getting a message to format the Flash drive. Finally I did and I was told that it could complete the format. I have tried all of the disk managment things in XP and a couple of outside programs. If I look at properties it now says 0 bytes instead of 64gb. Any ideas on how to format?

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Agent_99
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Re: Format Flash Drive

Hello lej2050,

I did a quick search and found this website -----> Online Tech Tips

Hope this helps.

 

Peace.

 

 

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. "
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
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lej2050
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Re: Format Flash Drive

Thanks agent 99, I have tried that approach but with no sucess.

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Agent_99
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Re: Format Flash Drive

Hmmmmmm.

Maybe try the thumb drive manufacture's website and see if they have a special utility for that unit. Or try using a friends or family members computer that has Vista or Win7 installed. Or see if someone you know has an old thumb drive they don't use any more try formatting that unit on your system. Last thought, I seem to recall reading that some older( as in more than years old) Bios setups had problems with USB drives over a certain size....... Do a google search with the model/product ID of your Bios chip.

Peace.

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. "
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
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XPS 730x w/Core i7 920, ATI Radeon HD 4850, (3) 500GB SATA-300 HDD, Win7-x64
Inspiron 2200 w / Pentium M, WinXP Home
IBM ThinkCentre M52 w / Pentium 4-3Ghz,
WinXP Pro

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TheRealFireblad
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Re: Format Flash Drive

Just another thought:  Have you updated XP with the latest service pack (SP3)?

 

If you have... the (excellent) advice in the post above this one is definitely the best way to try and narrow down the cause of the problem emoticon.Wink.title

From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

 

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