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Old 4th October 2012, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive - refuses to format as NTFS

I just bought one of these flash drives yesterday.

Turns out this particular device will not format with a NTFS file system.
It will only format to FAT32 or ExFAT file systems.

I have tried using:
  • diskpart
  • Disk Management (Administrative Tools)
  • GParted (live)
  • format /fs:ntfs /q X:

Not sure if anyone has any similar experiences with 64GB USB flash drives out there?
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Old 4th October 2012, 11:32 AM   #2
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Boot your computer using a Linux Live CD and you'll be able to partition it anyway you want.

Alternatively there was a Windows tool available from HP that allowed you to format USB devices in any format you want, but I don't know if they have it available any more.
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Old 4th October 2012, 11:36 AM   #3
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I have used the HP USB Format tool in the past but didn't bother with this USB flash drive.

I did use GParted Live (which is Debian Live USB/CD), and yes I can partition any way I like except for NTFS (it hangs during mkntfs process).
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Old 4th October 2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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I have used the HP USB Format tool in the past but didn't bother with this USB flash drive.

I did use GParted Live (which is Debian Live USB/CD), and yes I can partition any way I like except for NTFS (it hangs during mkntfs process).
http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Disk...-10974082.html
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Old 4th October 2012, 12:42 PM   #5
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Thanks, saves me from hunting down the utility to download.

But as you can see below, no go.





Lodged a RMA with SanDisk, hopefully the process won't be painful.
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Old 9th October 2012, 5:02 PM   #6
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Run a checkdisk on it...... Looks like something is corrupted.

Or do a full format using any other file system then try format it as NTFS.
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Old 23rd November 2012, 9:31 AM   #7
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Just resurrecting this thread back for a bit..

For the guys experiencing problems with these drives, you may wish to have a look at the SanDisk forums:
http://forums.sandisk.com/t5/All-San...le/td-p/281628
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Old 23rd November 2012, 11:19 AM   #8
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Just resurrecting this thread back for a bit..

For the guys experiencing problems with these drives, you may wish to have a look at the SanDisk forums:
http://forums.sandisk.com/t5/All-San...le/td-p/281628
I got a 32GB one from JB a couple of weeks back, worked on my Ubuntu laptop, wouldn't work on my Windows PC.

I just fdisk'd it, and reformatted in Linux and then it was fine in Windows. I'm not sure why, but the default file system format on the SanDisk drives always seem a bit flakey.
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