SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive - refuses to format as NTFS

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  1. jtir

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    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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    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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    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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    Thanks, saves me from hunting down the utility to download.

    But as you can see below, no go.

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    Lodged a RMA with SanDisk, hopefully the process won't be painful.
     
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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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    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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