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How to Lowlevel format a flash Drive

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How to Lowlevel Format a flash drive

  • Requirements: Low Level Formatting Software
  • Brand Particular: Kingston Data Traveler or Any USB Flash Drive

Download links:

Apacer Low Level Formatter.

Scenario:

You have bought your USB Flash Drive and have used it for months when suddenly it no longer can write anything on it, when you tried to save or delete something on your flash drive there is a message appeared on the Screen and telling that your flash drive has a write protection and asking you to remove the write protection before you can perform any deletion or saving files on it. But unfortunately your drive does not have any switch to disable write protection.

Problems:

Your problem now is how to disable write protection where in fact there are no switch to turn the write protection off. Windows Formatting tool cannot perform any formatting on a drive for the reason that it is detected as readonly.

Solutions:

In order that you can turn off write protection, the only way is that you need to format the drive and since that in windows it appeared as write protected, you cannot use windows format to format the drive. All you need is a Low level formatting software like Apacer Low Level Formatter. Download this software from the link and run it, it searches for any available flash drive connected and format in a low level.

Warning:

Please be careful running this software as it does not gives you any option to select which drive are you going to low-level format, it only searches for any removable drive connected on your USB Port, to insure that the correct Drive will be formatted remove all USB Flash Drive and make sure only the one you want to format stayed connected.

How it is done:

The Low level formatter software formats or restructure the sectors on the disk, marked the bad sector as as occupied, erased the existing data from sectors and recondition again the drive to be available again for storing data. A low level format is a type of format that is closest to hardware and perform by a disk controller to read or write data.
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15 comments on “How to Lowlevel format a flash Drive

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  3. Karma Dorji on said:

    It took almost two years for me to undo write protect of my Apacer USB Flash drive but all in vain…………….thank u administrator a lot for solving my problem which nearly ate ma time browsing for solutions always on net.
    Once again thanks really very much………….keep it up

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  4. Karma on said:

    Many thanks for solving my problem………………….

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  5. alumni on said:

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  6. Promotional Flash Drives on said:

    Software to recondition the flash drive for having a problem in storing and reading the data, well it a great kind of software. I really appreciate the purposes and the use of that software. Maybe not all flash drive will experience this kind of problem. And I think choosing the right flash drive and take good care of it is an essential way to avoid this kind of situation. There are lots of promotional flash drives brands that you can trust on. It a matter of choice and patient. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and understanding about this things. Keep it up and be a blessing to all.

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  7. admin on said:

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  8. Jack Darrington on said:

    I find it humorous that people see fit to tell you you are well-liked just because you wrote this article. That said, I recently received a couple promotional flash drives from a trade show and, needless to say, they were loaded with all kinds of crap I didn’t want. So thanks for the tips on reformatting them to suit my own needs.

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  11. Hary on said:

    It cannot detect my write protect usb flashdisk.. any other solution? Thanks anyway.

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    • admin on said:

      It seems that your flash drive has already been damage internally, if your flash drive has been detected but cannot access telling that it needs to be formatted try to format it in a normal way, if still cannot detect I am afraid it has already been damage and cannot used the above solutions.

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  12. I am having a reduced memory in my voice recorder, it has a built in 2GB flash memory. Is it possible to use this method to recover the lost memory? It is an olympus VN-702PC. Thanks a lot

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    • Nolan Sunico on said:

      yap Petra it can be as your flash memory is also a flash drive you can low level format it, the process will mark bad sectors as used sector, so expect that if there is bad sectors on it the overall capacity will also reduce.

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  13. nunu on said:

    i can’t repair my eurostar 16 gb flash drive …occured the same problem ” flash drive not found ”
    please any one help me ….mohammedtiku@gmail.com

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