Can I get my 256 GB drive back??

  Housten 14:11 07 Aug 2017

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,

I hope someone can help this stupid pensioner. I have a Lexar 256 GB [ white, with the connector sliding in and out ] pen drive, that had a load of various files on it. I copied them off and then thought I had better delete the files on the drive. Having done so I was then using ‘Mini Tool Partition Free’ on something else when I saw that I could write a load of ‘0’s to the drive. [ As this was sometime ago I think it was ‘Mini Tools’ ] I then put it away, and about a month or so later I realised that I needed to use the drive and put the drive into my USB 3.0 7 port hub, but it did not register. It has taken me a few days to work out that it does not appear on my list of drives in Explorer! [ OK, not quite accurate. It appears as drive ‘F’, with the instruction that a disk should be inserted!! ] I have tried ‘Mini Tool’ again to try and format the drive but it does not even see the drive, so I can not format the drive. I am quite annoyed that there was no warning that writing the ‘0’s to the drive would, apparently, wipe out the drive and all I want to do is to get it back. So my question is : Does anyone know how I can retrieve the drive OR do I have to ask Lexar to have it back and for them to format the drive?

Any and all replies will be very welcome.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:21 07 Aug 2017

Does t show in disk management and can you format it there?

  Housten 11:44 13 Aug 2017

Good Morning, Fruit Bat /\0/\, I ticked the box to get emails and having had none, thought no one had replied. As I said in my question it appears as Drive F with a request to insert a disk into the drive!!!! So I think the answer to your question is 'NO', and as it can not be seen I can not do anything with it!! I have reached the conclusion that I need to ask 'Lexar' if they can re-format it for me!! Do you see any other options?

Many, many thanks for your reply.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:43 13 Aug 2017

If it appears in Explorer then it should be in disk management.

  alanrwood 12:54 13 Aug 2017

Have you tried inserting it into a USB2 socket. In Explorer even if it says you should insert a disk can you not right click on Drive F and select format.

Writing zeros to the drive would not cause it to fail

  Housten 14:35 13 Aug 2017

good Afternoon, Gentlemen, Fruit Bat /\0/\, All it says in Explorer is that I should insert a drive into F. And it does not appear in Disk Management! alanrwood, I have just tried your suggestion. A box appeared and stated that drive F needs to be formatted before it can be used. I then clicked on it and a box with 'Format' appeared. Clicking on that it said 'Insert a disk to format'. So thank you both very much, but I still appear to be where I was before!!!

  rdave13 16:38 13 Aug 2017

Search for HP USB disk storage formating tool Bleeping Computer download. Download the tool then use that to try to format the Lexar drive.

  Housten 10:37 14 Aug 2017

Good Morning, rdave13, I have tried 'Bleeping Computer' [ twice ] this morning, and on neither occasion did it find the drive. 'Explorer' lists it as 'Removeable Drive ( F )' and 'Bleeping Computer' states that I should put a disk into drive F. So I am beginning to believe that I will have to throw it away as being useless. As I have a 128 GB drive that is acting the same way it is rather annoying.

Many thanks for your reply.

  rdave13 11:07 14 Aug 2017

This is the link click here . Try running HPUSBDisk.exe as administrator first then plug in the drive to see if it picks it up as a flash drive rather than an optical one.

  Housten 15:36 20 Aug 2017

Good Afternoon, rdave13, Sorry for the delay in replying but I asked for email notification and have had none. I have been extremely busy with a very personal situation.

I tried HPUSBDisk.exe and it simply did not see the drive. I re-booted my computer with the drive in a slot, started HP and it only showed my internal drives. I switched off, took the drive out, re-started my computer, started HP, inserted the drive and NOTHING changed. At that point I gave up, and have deleted it from my computer. I have found a gentleman's email address at LEXAR and have sent him an email asking if it is possible for LEXAR to do anything. I realise this could cost me money but better than losing 256 GB pen drive. Since this started I have checked my other pen drives and found a 128 GB LEXAR pen drive did not register either. So I have included it as well in my question to the gentleman from LEXAR. I will let you know what happens, if anything!!!!

  rdave13 16:13 20 Aug 2017

Thank you for the feedback. It will be interesting to know how you get on.

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