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Old 07-30-13, 12:17 PM
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Any way to fix a troublesome flash drive?

I bought a 32gb stick for transferring pics and things on a keychain and for some reason it's been problematic. Some devices just don't read any files on it. Some do. I've formatted it a few times and it's the same. Is there some thing I can do to get it 100%?
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Old 07-30-13, 06:53 PM
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Re: Any way to fix a troublesome flash drive?

Probably the best way is to throw it away and buy a new one. If it's new then return it.

By the way - what do you mean by "some devices"? Specific examples please? Do you mean one computer with Windows XP will read it and a different one will not, or what?
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Old 08-02-13, 01:56 PM
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Re: Any way to fix a troublesome flash drive?

It's probably too old to return. Hate to waste $20.
My car stereo USB won't read it (clarion), my work Mac won't read it, Tested it on 3 Win 7 PC's, 2 seemed to be ok but 1 saw it as empty (like the mac)
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Old 08-02-13, 05:29 PM
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Re: Any way to fix a troublesome flash drive?

Copy all the data to a safe location, completely wipe (write 0x00 and 0xFF to every sector on the drive), then re-format, and copy the data back. If that doesn't work, throw it away!
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Old 08-04-13, 08:37 PM
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Re: Any way to fix a troublesome flash drive?

Since you mention other devices - have you tried formatting w/a different file system selection? Maybe you're formatting to NTFS, and that Clarion wants FAT32 or something. I dunno.
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Re: Any way to fix a troublesome flash drive?

For compatibility, you should format all removable media as FAT32.

And I agree, format and test. If there are still issues, trash it and move on.

Removable media is considered "disposable" media. They are cheap and prone to failure.
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Re: Any way to fix a troublesome flash drive?

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For compatibility, you should format all removable media as FAT32.
Actually, exFAT is a good choice.
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Old 08-06-13, 07:17 PM
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Re: Any way to fix a troublesome flash drive?

This HP utility has worked for me in the past on some drives

http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=197

don't worry about what it is doing, just let it format the drive
then go back over and format it again with windows in whatever format you want
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