Hi I recently brought a EMTEC 4Gb Red USB Memory stick from Tesco,s.
Whilst trying to remove 3 corrupt picture files on the drive I removed the FAT 32 file system from the drive by accident.This was done either through me formatting the drive then error checking through Tools.
If I plug in the USB drive I get the symbol of the drive under my computer but if i try to open it i get the message "Please insert a drive into drive H".
The used space and free space showing 0 bytes and the file system is showing unknown under properties.
Is the stick now dead or can I recover it to work again?
I use the stick on a Windows XP Service pack 3 operating system.
If I right click it and select format I just get the message "there is no drive in drive H please in insert a disk and try again"
Ive also tried going through the Disk Management it doesn't list it in the top list under volume. it does list it under disk 1 removable (H) but states no media. If i click on properties its listed as sayes it is working properly. Also the driver is there. However the file system is missing as if i put another stick in it shows up no problem and windows XP shows it.
I would try this on a 98se comp if you can to formate it with a Right click. There is another way If you have the computer BIOS set to see USB. You could use a 98se Floppy from click here Tenth file from top download it then with a Floppy in the drive double click the file you downloaded. Set BIOS to Boot from Floppy Boot with Floppy and at the A:\>
Type FORMATE then space then Drive letter of USB stick press enter
I have the HP Drive Key Boot Utility programme (527kb) which was designed to format USB flash disks in preparation for making them into boot disks. It does a better job than Windows and if you want a copy PM me.