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Deleting files on a thumb/flash drive


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#1 judyjht

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 05:28 PM

I have a thunb drive I want to completely clear all the info.  I keep getting error messages saying:

 

Cannote delete file - cannot read from source file or disk.

 

So, how can I totally clear the info?   TIA

 

I have a Dell laptop with XP Professional on it  Any thoughts?  It is not the end of the world but I hate to throw it away.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 05:44 PM

Have you tried formatting the flash drive? Open My Computer. Right click on the flash drive and select format. Edit: This will delete all info from the flash drive.


Edited by JohnC_21, 05 March 2015 - 05:48 PM.


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Posted 05 March 2015 - 07:41 PM

To add to what JohnC said, when you click 'foormat' you get the options of a 'Qquick' or 'Full' format. Choose the 'Full' option.

 

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:02 PM

I only had the choice of Quick - not full and it did not finish.  now what?



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:21 PM

I don't know if this is your issue or not- XP has an issue with not being able to format partitions beyond the root one on thumb drives- I experienced this myself. I found a utility by HP, that can be downloaded for free, that "dumb" formats a thumb drive (i.e. ignores any existing partition structure and just formats the entire drive). Maybe this will fix your issue, not entirely sure. Just make you point it at the correct drive.

 

http://www.softpedia.com/dyn-postdownload.php/478b51573912b8862083aa379da3f77f/54f9104a/1e38a/4/1



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:25 PM

If yu gnomi's suggestion does not work try SDFormater. Steps are listed here.


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Posted 06 March 2015 - 09:06 AM

Thanks John C - The SD Formater worked but when I go back in to look it keeps saying the drive is not formatted - do I want to do that?

 

I just tried it and it says the disk cannot be formatted.  Do I need that anyway?  I am only saving thing occasionally on this anyway.


Edited by judyjht, 06 March 2015 - 09:09 AM.


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Posted 06 March 2015 - 09:18 AM

Are you saying that the SD formatter could not format the drive? It's possible the drive is bad. It's possible the drive is bad. Try formatting it with Rufus. Make sure your USB flash drive is in the first dropdown box. Select Fat32 for the file system and MBR for the partition scheme. Uncheck Quick Format. Select FreeDos in the dropdown box. You can delete the files after the format. Press Start. If Rufus does not work then we can try something else. What is the make and model of the USB flash drive?


Edited by JohnC_21, 06 March 2015 - 09:18 AM.


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Posted 06 March 2015 - 09:57 AM

undetermined error while formating.  It is just a promotional item - it just says FlexDrive.  It is not a big deal.



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Posted 06 March 2015 - 10:14 AM

Okay, I think the only other option would be to zero the drive and then Partition/format using a partition manager. Partition Wizard could possibly do it. Make sure you are doing this to the flash drive and not your internal drive. If this fails then I would say the drive is toast.



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Posted 06 March 2015 - 01:33 PM

I can't figure out the zero the drive part.  I think I will forget it - it is really not worth all your time but thanks so much for the help.  I really appreciate it!



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Posted 06 March 2015 - 01:38 PM

I know I might be late in the thread judy, but if you want to try one last thing, you can try a low level format of the flash drive, using HDD LLF Low Level Format Tool:

http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-Low-Level-Format-Tool/

A low level format have more chances of working than a quick format or full format from Windows. I usually use that tool when I need to format a hard drive, or USB that cannot be formatted or throw errors.

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 02:01 PM

It says 100% complete and the green bars go all the way across.  It says to remember to create new partitions - now what?

 

UPDATE - I think it actually worked.  I went in to Explore the drives and this one formated it and sait it was complete so now there is nothing on this drive so I think I am all set.  Thanks a million!!


Edited by judyjht, 06 March 2015 - 02:05 PM.


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Posted 06 March 2015 - 02:03 PM

Now we'll create a new partition. Click on the Windows Start Menu, then right-click on Computer and select Manage. From there, in the left pane, click on Disk Management. Take a screenshot of what you see and post it here, then I'll walk you throught the rest.

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 02:17 PM

I learned something new, I did not know until today that a flashdrive has a partition  :)


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