Lifes too short to waste doing that on drives now, but this was back when an 8 gig was about $60 or so.
Bachelor of Computing Systems (2015)
Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display (4GB/2.4GHz i5/128GB SSD) - HP DV6 (8GB/2.8GHz i7/120GB SSD + 750GB HDD)
iPhone 6S + (64GB/Gold/Vodafone NZ) - Xperia Z C6603 (16GB/White/Spark NZ)
tardtasticx: Have you tried the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool? Great utility, has repaired USB Drives of mine in the past that were messed up with partitioning etc, windows would never fix them but this did. Worth a shot.
richms: Good thing they are so cheap now - you can get this classy looking one for under $20US - sure to get you some attention ;)