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Flash drive won't format

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Hi everyone, hope someone can help me here.

I was given a usb flash drive as a giveaway at my college career fair. Its 8MB and the only company name it has on it is from the company giving them away, no write protect switch anywhere on it. Problem is that when I plug it into my computer, it says that all the drivers have been installed and its ready to use, but I can't access it or do anything useful with it. In the properties it says its still in RAW format. It also won't let me format the drive to FAT (or anything else for that matter). I keep getting the message that Windows cannot complete the format. I have 2 other flash drives that work fine in my computer so i am wondering what the problem could be. Is it just a cheap drive that doesn't work? Any help is appreciated.



Here are my computer specs if its helpful:
Dell Inspiron 1150
XP Pro SP2
512 MB Ram, Pentium 4, USB 2.0
Anything else you need?
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- really 8gb as it does sound very very small

an idea then

runbox command
- press: winkey + r
- paste this: diskmgmt.msc
- press: enter
righthandclick drive
format in fat32
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I havd a Sandisk Flash drive that would not work and windows disk manager said the drive was in RAW format.
When this happened to me i found out that Sandisk had a usb test tool that would repartition and reformat the sandisk flash drive. This got it working again for me. Perhaps you can look at the makers of your flash drive for a similar tool.

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HP make a formatting tool that will format pretty much anything for you.

If its giving you to much hassle if its only 8Mb then get another one seriosly you couldnt sell and 8Mb flash drive a 128 or 256 only go for like a fiver and i can get 512 and 1Gb drives from anywhere from 10-25 quid.

If its an 8Gb(rare even to buy) then keep at it or sell it to get a new one the things are rare enough and expensive youll get a couple hundred quid for it.
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