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tardtasticx

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#84404 30-May-2011 14:48
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I have a Sandisk U3 titanium 8GB Flash drive I brought a few years ago for $88 I think, which was cheap at the time. I installed Chrome OS on it to do a live boot and it changed the partitions on the drive. I've done it before and managed to fix it using the HP USB drive recovery thingy that formats the drive and partitions.
Well this time is different for some reason. I installed Chrome os, it worked fine, and when the weekend was over I was going to format it again and put my school work on it. The HP Utility refused to do anything because it said it was Lock Protected or something. So I tried doing a format through CMD, creating the active partition and stuff. It wouldn't format the drive. The drive shows up in Windows 7 Disk Manager as a Removable Disk, but it doesn't assign a drive letter to it. I right click and all options are greyed out, so I can't assign a letter to it, delete, shrink or create partitions. I can Format it but the Windows format thing won't format it either.

I tried some other program, can't remember the name, I'll check when I get home, but it done basically the same this as windows disk manager.

So what can I do? Any more tips on how to get this thing working again? I love this pen drive, sooooooo shiny and nice. xDD and expensive at that.

Cheers,
-Sam




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Ragnor
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  #475777 30-May-2011 14:59
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Try using gparted live cd (boot from cd version of linux), gparted gives you a bunch of tools to modify the partitioning of drives including usb drives.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
 

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  #475797 30-May-2011 16:01
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Ragnor: Try using gparted live cd (boot from cd version of linux), gparted gives you a bunch of tools to modify the partitioning of drives including usb drives.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
 


I like the looks of this.  Do you know if it will let you trash partitions that show up as a virtual CD drive?
I was given a 'promotional' USB drive that mounts as two drives.  One as a virtual CD-ROM and the other as a 'vanilla' removable drive for everyday portable storage.  Unfortunately every time I insert it it autoruns a video clip from the virtual CD which makes the thing a PITA for general use.  It'd be good if I could get rid of it.




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  #475823 30-May-2011 17:16
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I've found Gparted will partition anything you can throw at it!

Arachan
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  #475832 30-May-2011 17:39
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Yeah, I've also had good experience with gparted. I partition all my drives with it, and have never had any problems.

tardtasticx

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  #475856 30-May-2011 18:22
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH OMG I LOVE YOU GUYS <3

thank you sooooo much :D it worked perfectly. I even done it through VM ware since I had a Ubuntu VM already set up. Worked without a hitch.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you so much :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D 

Sorry for the spam just so happy. Thought it was a gonner. You guys are the best.

-Sam 




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iPhone 6S + (64GB/Gold/Vodafone NZ) - Xperia Z C6603 (16GB/White/Spark NZ)

Sam, Auckland 


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  #476346 31-May-2011 19:20
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Didn't work for my virtual CD unfortunately. It didn't pick it up as a device. It did see the 'user usable' part of the stick though and let me do whatever I needed to wit that.

Nice tool though. The GParted CD is now safely stored away with my other system recovery tools and disks.




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