How to Lowlevel Format a flash drive
- Requirements: Low Level Formatting Software
- Brand Particular: Kingston Data Traveler or Any USB Flash Drive
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Lowlevel format a flash Drive,