I've used the HP formating tool (even on non HP sticks!) to format the stick. But there's the Linux way so let's do that.
http://pendrivelinux.com/ has a variety of LiveCDs to choose from and at http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2007/05/16/usb-pendrivelinux-install-tutorial/ we see how to use FDISK to partition our USB stick.
The reason to use the Linux method is I can't locate that HP software online and besides we need that FDISK for this one.
I have a USB flash drive from Verbatim (Store 'N'Go-IGB) that stopped openning and thus, I needed to format it.
However, when I try to format it using FAT or anyother format, it says that the drive is either RAW (using the C-command) or Write-protected (Using XP and Vista).
I tired using HP format utility and KillDisk, but no progress have been done.
I tiried previous suggestions, such as U3 readings and removing it, but my drive does not have a U3 software installed.
I contactd Verbatime techsupport several times, but they did not even bother responding!