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Help with usb

ChipsBnk Flash Disk USB Drive not working or being recognised all of a sudden. Can anyone help?

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Re: USB

If it used to work on all PC's and now it works on none (using only one PC is not sufficient for the diagnosis) it's broken. Usually, such a thumb drive is thrown away then.

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so is there no way of fixing it? not even re formatting using HP usb formatting tool?

The device registers in the device manager, but doesnt show in computer

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Re: device manager

Device manager is mainly about drivers, not about thumb drives.

It won't harm to check the stick with Windows disk management or try to format it with HP's tool. But, as I said, usually it can't be fixed.

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Re: Windows disk management

I had a look at windows disk management and I don't understand what I'm looking at really.
underneath volume only system reserved and c drive show.

and in the lower part
Disk 0 (basic) has something next to it
where
Disk 1 (removable (E:)) has nothing next to it

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Re: disc management

If E: is the drive letter you expect for your thumb drive, this seems to show it's broken. For HP's formatting tool to work it should show something like 'unknown partition type' or 'unallocated'.

You surely have a backup of the data on that stick, do you?

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The thumb drive broken?

HP formatting shows:
Device
ChipsBnk Flash Disk 5.00 (0 MB) (E:\)
File System
FAT
Volume Label
what should i put here?

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Re: volume label

That's the name you want to give to the stick. It shows in Explorer, so you can recognise it from other sticks.
If it is going to contain pics of your children, you could call it "PICS_OF_CHILDREN" or if it is going to contain music you could call it "MUSIC". Totally your choice.

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Re: Device

Thank you, this is very helpful.
Should I be concerned about the 0 MB ?

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Just try and see what happens.

My prediction: it fails with an error message.

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re: formatting

It did as you said...error reads:

There is no media in the specified device

so does this mean it is broken?

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Re: no media

If the same happens on another PC/laptop: yes, then it's broken. A thumb drive is a throw-away device, unless it's so new that you still have warranty. Then it's a return-and-get-a-free-new-one thing.

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Certainly worth a try but...

HP formatting tool? But as the last resort though, also give "Gparted" a try before call it a day. I don't know much about HP but personally I don't give much credit to windows disc management.

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Gparted

up for trying as im learning a lot...how does partitioning work?

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Re: partitioning

A hard disk can contain multiple partitions, each having his own drive-letter in Windows. A USB-stick has only one partition.

A partitioning program lets you define, change and delete partitions on a hard disk.

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re gparted

so what do i do? I downloaded gparted before when it opened it wanted to burn something to the d drive

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Re: gparted

It wants to burn a bootable disk, that you should boot from then. Anyway, I think it's totally unnecessary.

But if you really want to use a partitioning tool (but why?) and don't trust Windows disk management for what you need (but why?), better download the free version of Aomei Partition Assistant. That runs under Windows in stead of coming with its own Linux.

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not needed

I already got a refund for the usb disk so just thought id give it one last shot.

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