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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    Have you tried a third party deletiton program like Sure Delete to wipe the flash drive clean ??
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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    Andrzeju,

    Try HDD Low Level Format Tool

    " Low-level formatting of Flash Cards is supported too."

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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    Ahem, sorry but I have to ask. You've never said anything about the brand name, capacity or cost of this pen drive. Would you? If small enough and low cost enough, might it be less total hassle to find an alternative?

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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    DocWatson,

    Thank you very much for your advice.
    But Sure Delete can not delete files from CD-ROM device (with read-only attributes) - the program stops with an error.

    Andrzej

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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    kaplinb,

    There was a bright idea but low-level formatting was applied ONLY to a regular disk partition (!).
    CD-ROM part of the disk remains in the same state as before.

    May be something different...

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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    Big Al,

    I've already wrote that the mentioned drive is a no-name device. Of course it is possible to buy a new one.
    But from the technical point of view it should be possible too to reformat a flash device.

    But as we can see this assumption must not be necessary true.

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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    Is this device a "Give away" from some vender with some product information (ads) on it?

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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    Dave took the words right out of my mouth. If this acts as a CD drive, where is it getting it's data from ?? It can't be reading a CD inserted into the computer's CD drive and you can't insert a CD in a flash drive, so it must be pre loaded with something.

    Care to fill us in ???
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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    From a technical point of view... <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20> you might try using imaging software (Ghost or True Image) and create an image of a blank flash drive of the same size and then attempt to restore the image to the problem flash drive. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    Dave and DocWatson,

    Yes, mentioned device is a "Give-away" piece from some vendor with the link to a specific site.
    This is not so bad. But at the same time included software try to install on the computer connected to file(s). And this is very bad, because this pen drive can not be use to exchange files with somebody else.

    Thank you for your effort - Andrzej

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    DocWatson - "blank image" doesn't work.

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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    These devices are a lot cheaper today than they were some time ago. Go buy a couple 1 or 2 Gigs or even some of the 4 Gigs, you will be a lot happier and remember that you do NOT get anything <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.

    I have a pile of the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> ones which I use ONLY here at my desk, when I need to a quick backup. Also the smaller ones here in the Seattle area have been running at about $10,00 or less for a 512 size. With rebates some are even <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> after paying postage and the time to fill out the forms.

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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    Dave,

    Your approach how to obtain a new product is very straightforward.
    But the subject matter is quite different.

    Rgds - Andrzej

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    Re: Flash Drive CD-ROM Partition

    <center>
    <hr>this pen drive can not be use to exchange files with somebody else. DocWatson - "blank image" doesn't work. <hr>
    </center> Throw the thing away and buy one that is useful. These are obviously single use devices, or not worth the time and effort to convert them. As Dave pointed out, there are many sources on the internet where you can get these devices <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> using rebates and discounts or at the very least pick up the smaller capacity drives for a few dollars retail.
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