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    Can't format USB stick

    I have an 8 MB USB stick that I downloaded Neverware and lubuntu onto. I also have an old laptop that is horrible with Win10 so I wanted to try Chrome OS and lubuntu. Now that I want to reuse the USB I can't reformat the stick. Is there an easy way to do this ? By the way I am not particularly technology focused (I'm just an old geezer that uses a computer)
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    If the USB stick is shown in "File Explorer" under "This PC" right-click the USB stick then left-click "Format" in the context menu:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coochin View Post
    If the USB stick is shown in "File Explorer" under "This PC" right-click the USB stick then left-click "Format" in the context menu:
    FormatUSB.jpg
    I have done that. It will not format properly It will only format the 1 GB of free space, it won't overwrite the lubuntu and Neverware. It seems to be write protected.

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    Have you tried deleting what's on it and then formatting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy95 View Post
    Have you tried deleting what's on it and then formatting?
    Yup.

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    Try Device Manager - right click on the drive.
    Right click on the flag, Device Manager, or
    Start > Run > devicemgmt.msc

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    Were you able to delete what was on the drive? If so, there should not be any need to format the drive; all the space on the drive should be available for use.

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    Just a thought but, I had a similar problem long ago and I changed the USB drive from a front USB port that I was using and tried a rear USB port ( directly from the MB ) and it worked.
    If that doesn't work and you can't delete everything from the drive, then you may have a bad USB drive.

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    Can you delete any partitions or volumes?

    If you have a bootable Linux disk or usb stick you could use GParted to do things windows may balk at IF the drive is not bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wavy View Post
    Can you delete any partitions or volumes?

    If you have a bootable Linux disk or usb stick you could use GParted to do things windows may balk at IF the drive is not bad.
    I just downloaded MiniTool Partition Wizard and was able to accomplish my task

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    Glad you got it working!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Tap View Post
    I just downloaded MiniTool Partition Wizard and was able to accomplish my task
    If ever the problem occurs again: try the USB flash drive formatting utility Rufus. thumbs_up.gif

    If that doesn't work, then that particular flash drive is irreparably damaged.

    BTW. It can do other things besides formatting a flash drive.
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    +1 for Rufus

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    Another +1 for Rufus
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    Winaero tweaker has an interesting Win 10 feature that may be relevant.

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