Fixing un-formattable drives tutorial(with images)

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  1. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    #1 QuantumBug, Jul 1, 2012
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  2. marcopolo437

    marcopolo437 MDL Novice

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    hi KM@ Dave


    THANK YOU for this post i ll try it !
    (my thanks are always 0 ! WHY ? plz ...)
     
  3. Myrrh

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    Great, but what to do about a "Generic USB Flash Disk USB Device" that shows up as "There are no volumes" when you do disk detail, and "There is no media in the device" when you do clean?

    This is one that was handed to me by a colleague, no idea the brand or capacity of it.
     
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  4. QuantumBug

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    #4 QuantumBug, Jul 5, 2012
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    Can I have the make and/or model or the device? Edit: Is there a serial number anywhere?

    It's either broken, or the part of the drive the user can't touch needs it's NAND, NOR or controller reflashing by manufacturer drive firmware.

    @marcopolo

    That's because you haven't been thanked yet, you can thank people by clicking 'Thanks' under a post.
     
  5. marcopolo437

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    #5 marcopolo437, Jul 5, 2012
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    i have the message
    unsucceeded in cleaning the disk !
    after clean in diskpart
    this is a MD usb flash drive 64Gb
    is it dead ?
    can i try another os or tool ?

    i cant see where clicking THANKS under a post ! where is it ?
     
  6. QuantumBug

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    My best advice for you is, take it back to where you purchased it and explain your problem, but brag the fact it was like it when you bought it, this way they will most likely replace it.
     
  7. marcopolo437

    marcopolo437 MDL Novice

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    ok yes i think so THANKS
     
  8. acyuta

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    Will try this. I used windows usb boot tool from Microsoft to create a boot USB. However, I did not want the boot USB but the 8GB Sandisk Pendrive has now become write protected, and totally unformatable. I can delete volumes but again the data comes back. If this works, my 8GB pen drive will become functional again.
     
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  10. Myrrh

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    If I had any more info I would post it. The casing is green plastic, with a metal shield that can be rotated 360 degrees. No numbers or markings of any kind.
     
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  13. QuantumBug

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    Hey man, I'm here to help, hijack away :D As I'm a bit busy, I'll find out the make and model and edit this post, so watch this space :)
     
  14. atax76

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    i have the same condition as @Myrrh


    My USB is Toshiba PA5080 16Gb USB 3.0 drive. Plz help The DEV.

    Thanks so much
     
  15. harryL

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    no media after got crash when formatting process

    hello admin..please help me to solve this problem..
     

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  16. squishyfishyum

    squishyfishyum MDL Novice

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    I would just like to say THANK YOU! This solved my problem that dozens of other solutions could not! I don't know why it was so hard to find this solution, but I salute you! :worthy:
     
  17. Xsaron

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    Hi

    Did you found anything? I have two of exact the same usb sticks, both having exact the same problem. 'No media attached' ... There exist tools from some brands that are able to fix this, but only for drives of that brand and since these are brandless ...
     
  18. green[mile]

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    "No media attached" could mean there is physically nothing (electronic) inside your usb stick. From whom did you buy these "brandless" drives? Do they have a good reputation? A warranty/return policy?

    And, with all due respect, "no media attached" could also mean the stick isn't fully seated. It could be a tight fit. Check to see the device is plugged in all the way.
     
  19. QuantumBug

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    #20 QuantumBug, Jun 23, 2014
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    People with the "No media attatched" occurrence:

    This can be caused by a few things.

    First check, if you have an adapter, that you have inserted the actual memory device such as your Micro SD card, etc. Secondly check your write protection switch is disabled, some adapters and memory sticks have these attached for security and safety reasons.

    If you have no luck with these two solutions, you can always try tools from the device manufacturer and/or created a GParted live disc and formatting the device.

    Last resort, check your manufacturer warranty as the device could have become faulty. And some advice, is a good idea not to use NTFS on memory sticks unless being used to install Window, etc, use ExFat or FAT32 partitions instead if used for daily tasks that include file transfers.

    Regards, The Dev.