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I wanted to back up some files on my flash drive but Windows says "You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it".
Not too big of a deal since it had nothing stored on it.

But when I try to format it using the default settings, it tells me "Windows was unable to complete the format."
I chose the option to restore device defaults and got the same error.

Does this mean it is ruined or am I doing something wrong?

Its an older PNY Attache 1GB.
Edited by Shaded War - 11/25/11 at 1:47am
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Download. HP USB disk storage format tool
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Or perhaps it has some kind of hardware lock key on it? See if there is a slider for write protection?
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