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Offline pawnraider

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Flash drive wants to reformat.
« on: Thu Jul 21, 2016 - 11:00:23 »
For some reason when I inserted my flash drive in to my computer at work it updated the software which usually happens when I buy a new flash drive but I've been using this one for a year or more. Now when I want to use it I get a warning that it has to be formatted. I inserted another flash drive in to the computer and its software wasn't updated and so I'm not met with a format warning. If I format my flash drive it'll wipe it clean. Is there a way around this next time?

(Just so you know I reformatted the flash drive and it was wiped clean.)  ::frustrated::

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Re: Flash drive wants to reformat.
« Reply #1 on: Thu Jul 21, 2016 - 11:15:21 »
The usual message from Windows is that the drive needs to be scanned and fixed prior to use, I usually just ignore the message and carry on. The problem is going from my Android machine to the PC, Android likes to drop meta data on the drive to help identify files whereas Windows rejects the integrity of those files prompting a scan and fix.


What is the format of the drive you are using? If you use it between multiple platforms (Mac, Linux, Windows) than fat32 is going to be the preferred format but if you're only using it on Windows based PCs than you could try NTFS with the default allocation unit size.


Other than that, I have seen them falter before with anything from continual prompts to format to becoming unrecognized when it's plugged in. Fortunately, these little devices have become quite inexpensive these days.

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Re: Flash drive wants to reformat.
« Reply #2 on: Thu Jul 21, 2016 - 12:18:45 »
The machines I use are all windows and I'm pretty sure they're fat32. The message was I need to reformat and I couldn't ignore it. When I plugged it in to other machines it kept telling me it needed to be reformatted.

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Re: Flash drive wants to reformat.
« Reply #3 on: Thu Jul 21, 2016 - 14:25:47 »
Hope there isn't any crucial data on the drive, sounds like it needs to be retired.

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Re: Flash drive wants to reformat.
« Reply #4 on: Thu Jul 21, 2016 - 16:54:32 »
Well, there was kinda but it can be replaced. Thanks for your help.

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