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cant format to ntfs for my 32gb mem stick "windows is unable to complete format"

Discussion in 'Hard Disks & Memory' started by Proto Omega, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Proto Omega

    Proto Omega Member

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    Whenever I try to select the NTFS option to format my 32gb stick, it always gives a message saying "windows is unable to complete the format"

    I wanted ntffs so i can tranfer large files onto it but it wont let me format it. The stick itself works fine in FAT32 but this option only has a limit of 2gb for a file size.
    I'm using XP Pro SP2
  2. confused88

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    I think the limit is 4gb. I have not been able to reformat a flash drive either.
  3. arthurleung

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    You probably bought a fake 32GB stick (perhaps the recent CeX deal?), and hence it is not able to format correctly.
  4. sammieb121

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    Hi
    I'm having the same problem with my 32gb USB memory stick in that it won't let me format to NTFS. I bought it for music in the car so have tried instead to copy and paste album by album, and the drive is obviously holding the data because i can see that in properties, but i can't actually see the files to use, hence me trying to format to NTFS.

    Is there any way i am able to tell if this is a fake drive as i've run a scan on it and it tells me all is ok.

    All help would be much appreciated guys :)
    Thanks
    Sam
  5. hyperfish

    hyperfish Active Member

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    >start>>run>>cmd
    convert X: /fs:ntfs (Where “X” is your USB drive letter)
  6. sammieb121

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    thanks for that hyperfish :)

    does this take some time as i've set it running, and its currently saying 'converting file system' but it doesn';t actually appear to be doing anything??
  7. hyperfish

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    I would expect so but I had to leave mine unattended at the time so I cannot really advise.
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