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    This topic contains 4 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  A1ex 5 months, 3 weeks ago.

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    • #1842567 Reply

      A1ex
      AskWoody Plus

      I have a 64 Gb USB3 stick that I used Diskpart Clean on.
      I now find I can’t format it without first creating a volume on it, which I am totally ignorant of how to do. I’ve tried other diskpart commands, but none seem to help.
      Any advice would be appreciated.

      A1ex

    • #1842710 Reply

      Cybertooth
      AskWoody Plus

      If you can see the unformatted USB stick in your Disk Management console, you should be able to right-click on its listing there and create the new volume.

      In Windows 7, the fastest way to reach this console is to click on the Start menu, then type “Disk Management” (without the quotation marks) in the search window.

       

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    • #1843215 Reply

      Berton
      AskWoody_MVP

      Most USB Thumb drives come formatted as FAT32 from the factory, I have 2 64GB drives formatted as FAT32, haven’t needed to obtain a 128GB or larger yet.  Windows can’t partition or formatted drives larger than 32GB as FAT32, would have to be NTFS or exFAT.  A problem with FAT32 is its single file size limit of 4GB.

      Before you wonder "Am I doing things right," ask "Am I doing the right things?"
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    • #1843449 Reply

      EP
      AskWoody_MVP

      some 64gb & 128Gb usb flash drives are expensive but may work well than certain brands

      I bought a Philips Vivid USB 2.0 64gig USB Drive at Staples for $15 a few weeks ago; it came formatted as FAT32 but I reformatted it as exFAT

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    • #1843755 Reply

      A1ex
      AskWoody Plus

      I used diskpart create partition primary and took it from there successfully.
      Thanks all for your input.

      A1ex

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