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Old 02-16-2008, 09:44 AM   #1
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Default Usb flash drive is write protected

I have an Emprex 1GB flash drive that I was trying to use with my PS3, but then I learned that it had to be FAT32 and the it was just FAT, so I went to my computer, then right-clicked, then clicked format and went to change it, but right when it was almost finished a message popped up saying that windows could not format it, and then i went back and checked "quick format" just in case, and this time a message popped up saying that it was write-protected. Now the file system is "RAW" and I can't use it at all. There is no switch anywhere on it that would let me set it to be not write protected and it was working just fine before i tried to reformat it. Is there something that I can do to fix it or is it completely useless now?
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Old 02-16-2008, 11:37 AM   #2
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Default Re: Usb flash drive is write protected

completely useless. i had this happen with a usb drive before, and a SD card. theres nothing you can do now.
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You could try using the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. I just used this utility on a Seagate pocket drive and it worked perfectly. Hopefully it can format your Emprex.
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You could try using the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. I just used this utility on a Seagate pocket drive and it worked perfectly. Hopefully it can format your Emprex.
but if it's now write-protected that probably won't work for him
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It may work being that Windows does things a bit different then this stand alone program.

It's worth a try other than just saying "theres nothing you can do now".
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