I have a flash drive that's not working for me. Whenever I try to delete the videos on it it freezes, and when I try to re format it to FAT32 it says "unable to complete format". How can I format it successfully? I already managed to copy the data I had on it to my computer, so I'm not worried about losing anything. Help is much appreciated.
Answer by catchatyou · May 24, 2011 at 12:39 AM
If you do have a Mac that you are able to use, use Disk Utility. It is located in the Utilities folder inside of the Applications folder. Click the flash drive on the left of the window, and then (on the right side of the window) click the Erase tab. Make the format "MS-DOS (FAT)", and then click "Erase..."
I'm sorry that I do not know how to do this on Windows, but this method has never failed me before.
Answer by TheTechDude · May 24, 2011 at 07:47 AM
What are you using in Windows to format? Try opening the command prompt and typing "format [drive letter] /q". See if that helps that is what I uses when I format flash drives. (The "/q" is for quick format if it doesn't work with the "/q" then try without it.)
Answer by Duodave · May 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Windows is really bad at formatting SSD if theres any errors. I had one that I messed up by trying to format it as NTFS, then I couldn't reformat it in Windows at all. I took it over to a Mac OS X machine and was able to force it to FAT32.
I would say with the default software that comes with Windows, your SSD is toast. Happens way too easily, one of the biggest flaws with SSD technology. If you have a mac or a friend with a mac, try formatting it on that.
I don't know how long ago you bought that card but there's plenty of similar ones online for under $20. You could replace it.
Answer by roguekiller23231 · May 24, 2011 at 09:14 PM
not all card readers can read SDHC, make sure that it is a SDHC reader.
not 100% sure, but most card read FAT, try formating it to FAT rather than FAT32 or NTFS.
have you tried putting it into the device you use it with and trying to use that to format it?