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USB stick has "unknown" file system

Discussion in 'Storage & Backup' started by Blaktop, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Blaktop

    Blaktop Member

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    I just bought a new 4gb USB stick......when I plugged it in XP went through the usual, "new device detected.......your new device is now installed and ready to use" stuff, but when I click on it it tells me to "insert a disk into Drive J". Right click/Properties tells me:

    Type: Removable disk,
    File System: Unknown,
    Unused Space: 0 mb,
    Used Space: 0 mb,
    Capacity: 0 mb.

    If I Right Click and select Format I get the same "Insert a disk" message. My other USB stick lists the File System as FAT32.

    I've gone into Computer Management.....it is listed but treated like an optical drive with no DVD/CD in it. There are no options to format....only Change/Assign Drive Letter and Properties.

    Every other USB stick I've used has just plugged in, been recognised and usable straight away.......am I just being a noob and missing something simple or is it faulty.
     
  2. Mjölnir

    Mjölnir Member

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    Do a low level format on it. The manufacturer of the device may have a tool on their site that'll do this, otherwise try downloading the Panasonic SDFormatter tool and try that. If you can't low-level format, it's probably faulty.
     
  3. bigheadache

    bigheadache Member

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    Ever used it on Vista? Could be in the new exFAT format which is part of VIsta SP1
     
  4. Mjölnir

    Mjölnir Member

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    If it was that, you still should be able to format it in Disk Management without getting an "Insert Disk" error.
     

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