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Ihughes

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USB Flash Drive - installs fine fine under XP - Windows recognises it as a removable disk drive and even assigns a drive letter to it (M:) .

However, when I check it's properties in Explorer, it shows as zero free space and zero used space.

If I try to save, say, a Word doc to it, I get 'The parameter is invalid'. If I try to change to the drive under DOS I get the same message, rather than 'Can't find drive specified' message which I would expect. I've tried a number of so-called disk recovery tools on it, all of which failed spectacularly.

So, I'm at a bit of a loss and looking for ideas...

Thanks...
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Hey there Ihughes, welcome to Geeks To Go Forums.

Try formating the flash drive.

When you have inserted the flash stick, open explorer and right click on your "M:\" drive. Then click "Format..."

Make sure the file system is "FAT" or "FAT32" and that "Quick Format" is not checked. Then click "Start"

After the flash drive has been formatted, remove it and the plug it back in.

See what happends and let me know. Cool :whistling:
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Hi,

Did that but just got dialogue box saying 'There is no disk in drive. Insert disk and try again'.

Plus, I'd like to recover data on drive so not keen to format it.

Also, booted up Knoppix image to see if linux would see it but no luck there either.

I fear it may be b*ggered!!
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