Why has my USB flash drive stopped working?

Akinlemibola Joe March 28, 2012
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I formatted my USB flash drive, but it stopped formatting half way and said: “Thumb drive could not be formatted”.

Since then, my thumb drive has remained inaccessible. Please, what could have caused this and how can I remedy the situation?

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  1. Akinlemibola Damilola Joe
    April 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks guys, I've tried it on other systems, but it's not working on them too. I guess its about time I visit the thrash can. :)

  2. Indronil Mondal
    March 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    IT IS CORRUPTED OR THERE IS SOME PROBLEM IN YOUR USB PORT ,
    CHECK IT ON SOME OTHER COMPUTER IF PROBLEM STILL OCCURES RETURN IT TO THE SERVICE CENTER ..

  3. FIDELIS
    March 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Hello, have you tried formatting the drive again?  Sometimes that does the trick.  You could also try other software like the following:

    HP USB Disk Storage Tool:
     http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool/3000-2094_4-10974082.html

    HDD LF Low level Format Tool:
    http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-Low-Level-Format-Tool/

    • Akinlemibola Damilola Joe
      March 30, 2012 at 9:34 am

      My system does not read the drive again. When I insert it, there is no sign of the drive on the system at all.

      • FIDELIS
        April 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm

         Hello, Have you tried checking the drive in a different computer?  or a different USB port?

  4. ha14
    March 28, 2012 at 8:16 am

    perhaps you have to remove write protection
    1.Go to Run->regedit
    2.MyComputer->HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SYSTEM->CurrentControlSet->Control -> StorageDevicePolicies
    3.Delete the StorageDevicePolicies in Your Registry.

    • Akinlemibola Damilola Joe
      March 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

      The system does not even 'see' the flash drive.

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