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reformatting USB memory as NTFS


yerubal

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I have a 32MB Sandisk memory stick, and I need to have it be in NTFS instead of (what it is:) FAT32. So, I followed the instructions at http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=4580 , after cleaning the USB memory of any contents. Unfortunately, what happened was the following:

The following lines came:

The type of the file system is FAT32.

The new file system is NTFS.

Verifying 31999M

Creating file system structures.

The second NTFS boot sector is unwriteable.

Format failed.

C:\windows\system32>

(And, it took something like an hour for the percent formatted to go from 0 to somewhere around 100.)

I had previously tried other ways to convert to NTFS, and all failed. This is on a 32bit Win7 Home Premium system.

Any suggestions would be appreciated, except that my competence level is low enough so that I can't do things such as juggle partitions, etc.

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Start an Admin Elevated prompt.

Then place the USB disk in the drive

Assuming it's is the E: drive you would run the following on it.

CHKDSK E: /R

If it's F: or some other drive then change to the appropriate drive letter and run it. Then make sure you set the policy correctly as shown.

Then run FORMAT again after CHKDSK runs and assuming it completed without errors.

example:

FORMAT E: /FS:NTFS /V:MyUSB /X

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Unfortunately, I did the chkdsk and got the following line:

Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.

Then I repeated the formatting process immediately, as described,

and got the identical result. After it was 99 percent complete, I got

the failure lines, as before.

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Start an Admin Elevated prompt.

Then place the USB disk in the drive

Assuming it's is the E: drive you would run the following on it.

CHKDSK E: /R

If it's F: or some other drive then change to the appropriate drive letter and run it. Then make sure you set the policy correctly as shown.

Then run FORMAT again after CHKDSK runs and assuming it completed without errors.

example:

FORMAT E: /FS:NTFS /V:MyUSB /X

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NOMB: But; there is a SANDISK support forum that might be able to assist you.

Asking the question in a search produced this: http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/312 which basically doesn't help.. it repeats the info already given.

If you don't get a working answer here, try SANDISK and:

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Another resource with instructions/pictures is: post-35425-1294368134_thumb.jpg <<- Hot Link for Q: "How do I format a USB Flash Drive to NTFS file system?"

Just an additional resource.. Not trying to get in way of Ron or Grant.. :blink:

~Steve..

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