USB Toshiba Stick 4GB

Hi guys,
Recently I got a strange problem with my Tohiba stick.
I insert it into the PC and I get The disk in drive * is not formatted. Do you want to format it now? error.
So far, so good, but once I start the formatting process it
cannot complete properly and tells me it can’t format it.
And the thing is there wasn’t even a hint of bad performance of
my stick. Just a few days ago it was working fine when all of a sudden
I started showing this message and couldn’t format it.

So, has it really gone dead or is there any way of fixing it?

You could try formatting your USB stick with HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool; it will remove any existing partition on your USB drive before formatting thus giving you a fresh start.

If that doesn’t work, try formatting using another computer.

If that also doesn’t work, your stick is most likely dead.

I have tried everything you said but to no avail. :frowning:
Could it just gone dead all of a sudden? I mean it’s never
failed me before, nor giving the slightest clue of a potential failure.

Yes, it’s possible for flash media to die all of a sudden with no warning, but it’s also possible that it died while slowly corrupting blocks, but you just didn’t discover it before it was too late.

Hi again,
Just dropping in to tell you I’ve found a fix for now.
I formatted in FAT and it works fine until I decide to format in FAT32 -
then it becomes unusable again. :smiley:

Using FAT(16) you’re only able to use 2 GB of the drive’s capacity, so perhaps the problem lies between 2 GB and 4 GB on your drive?

Personally I’d stop worrying about this drive, ditch it, and get another drive.