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First time Im faced with a challange I cant seem to be able to solve, I cant format my OCZ ATV 32gb drive, here are the things I tried so far.

Windows:

Edited regedit in order to disable drive write protection

Bunch of utilities that say cannot locate usb drive

HP Formating utility - Says drive is write protected

Windows Disk management - Drive formatting failed (Shows only 200mb to format)

Mac:

Disk utility - Cannot allocate memory (Shows 2 partitions but cannot create into 1 shows "cannot allocate memory)

Ubuntu:

Disk utility - Gives errors etc...

Need urgent help as I tried about everything without any luck for the past 3 days. Any help is appreciated and will be rewarded with rep.

Thanks.
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since when can USB drives be write protected?
that is really strange.
maybe there is a way to force it in linux?
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
since when can USB drives be write protected?
that is really strange.
maybe there is a way to force it in linux?
Im assuming that 200mb is allocated to drives firmware, drivers etc... Even if so it should be hidden. And I should still be able to format the drive...
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Anyone?!
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In Linux have you tried fdisk or just the Ubuntu tools? Something like (as root):
fdisk /dev/sdx
mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdx1
where /dev/sdx is where the usb drive is located. You can find this out with fdisk -l.
 
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