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My old flash drive won't respond to anything.Why? Answered

I just got an old Memorex Travel Drive mini, USB 2.0(it can't be very old), 512MB and when I plug it into my PC it says file system RAW(never heard of it), 0 MB free and on drive, and says thats its in a low speed port(1.1 I think). It is in 2.0 though.It tells me to format and I get the picture below.


"I just got" - from where? Flash memory doesn't last forever, it will fail eventually. However, see what Photorescue (demo) makes of it, the tools are fully functional, rescuing data is not.


No, but he could if my house was falling down(he's a architect).


8 years ago

Sometimes Windows will rename the drive to a letter already in use. This happens if you have several card readers, thumb drives or external hard drives attached. It will also happen if you are on a network and have mapped drives.
To fix this, you must find the drive and then rename it.
To do so:

> Right-click on My Computer and select Manage.

>From the Computer Management screen, select Disk Management.

You should see all of your connected physical drives, their format, if they are healthy, and the drive letter.

>Right-click on the USB drive in the list and select “Change Drive Letters and Paths…”

>Click on Change to change the drive letter.

>Select a new drive letter from the drop down list, preferably the one that you usually use for this drive.

>Click Yes on the confirmation screen and you are done.

If you have auto play enabled you will get the normal pop up dialog asking what you want to do.
If that doesn't solve your problem, chances are good the flash drive is trash. You could try it on another PC to confirm, but its probably wasted.

If I am not mistaken, Ram does need a battery to retain data.. Like any power source it eventually dies.  Kind of like the CMOS on a Motherboard.

I don't think it is actually a RAM rive but how would I put in a new battery.

It's probably dead.  If windows won't format it then it probably has something wrong on the inside.

Can you try formatting it on another computer?  It might just be that your computer has corrupted the driver for the drive and that can be fixed.

You may have a virus on the drive that is fouling up the process.

I've formatted other things on the same computer. How could I get around this virus.

If it's a virus I don't know which one so I can't tell you how to get rid of it.

It doesn't matter if you've formatted other things on this computer, this has a different driver than everything else except and exact duplicate so you have to try on another computer or you won't know.

Flash drives are very cheap now so why don't you just get another that you can depend on.