Format a RAW disk

  Terry Brown 13:51 PM 18 Aug 11

I have a 4GB thumb drive that was formatted by Ubuntu, which I no longer use.

When I try to re-format it in windows (XP), it cannot find the necessary infomation. No size,format type, sectors etc.

I assume I can format it DOS using the Command mode (CMD), but what numbers would I neeed to enter. Required are the following: /FS: (File system) --I assume Fat32 or Fat /A: (size)- Would I assume 4096 (4 x 1024kb) /T: (tracks) ? /N: (Sectors) ?

Perhaps , if you have a 4gb thumb drive, you could look at the specs and let me know.



  LastChip 14:30 PM 18 Aug 11

Click here and download the HP USB tool - that should do it.

  Terry Brown 20:07 PM 19 Aug 11

Thanks Lastchip.

I (after a lot of reading ) have found a way to do it.

As the disk was reconised in my computer,but all the necessary formatting data was lost, I used the following system

Open My Computer to the drive with the problem

Right Click Properties

Select Hardware


Volumes Click Populate

This gave the disk the disk type as FAT, from there I went to Disk Management and was able to create a partion and format it


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