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Fixed: USB drive unusable, unformattable, and reporting 0 bytes


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I completely hosed a few SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB 2.0 2 GB Flash Drives at work when I
deleted the original contents of the drives, installed the CruzerPro software that had shipped
with some older Cruzer Professional drives, and then used the CruzerPro application to
password protect the drives. This process rendered the drives completely unusable and unable
to be formatted.

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SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device Properties

The drive properties show:


Type: Removable Disk
File system: Unknown
Used space 0 bytes
Free space 0 bytes
Capacity 0 bytes

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The Volumes tab shows:


Type: Removable
Status: No Media
Partition style: Not Applicable
Capacity: 0 MB
Unallocated space: 0 MB
Reserved space: 0 MB
Opening the Disk Management component of the Computer Management console shows that
the drive is connected, but there is no unallocated space to partition or format.
Other things about the disk look normal. It shows up in the Device Manager as working
correctly, without any warnings, for example.
I Googled around and found that many, many people were running into this problem where
the drive starts reporting 0 bytes capacity and can not be formatted. Of the dozens of pages
that I read, no one found a fix for the problem. The most common solution offered was to
return the drive to the manufacturer for replacement. Well, I wasnt going to publicize my
mistake and return the drives, I was going to repair them.

Software that didnt help


Feel free to skip this part if youre not interested in reading about the many dead-ends I
explored.
I knew of one nifty program that had helped me out a few times before, so I tried running the
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool v2.1.8 (http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Disk-StorageFormat-Tool/3000-2094_4-10974082.html), but attempting to format the drive with this

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utility returned the following error message:

There is no media in the specified device.

Someone suggested using this thing called Apacer Repair v2.9.1.1 to reformat the drive, so I
tried that, but the software only reported USB Flash Disk not found! when I ran it.
Someone else recommended FreeCommander, but that failed to open the drive, too.
I tried the free trial of the utility from http://www.flashmemorytoolkit.com/, but it reported the
same information as Windows XP that the device contained a disk with 0 bytes capacity.
Maybe the full version could have done more, but I put that on the back burner.
A number of people suggested attacking it with partitioning software, which I wasnt looking
forward to doing, but was willing to try.
Another last resort was going to be using the Windows XP Recovery Consoles fixboot and
fixmbr commands, which got me out of a pinch when I screwed up a partition
(http://www.ardamis.com/2010/12/06/how-to-remove-the-grub-bootloaderfrom-windows-xp/).

What I should have tried to begin with


Then I had an idea. I had a clean drive that had escaped my earlier bungling. I plugged it in,
copied the contents to my desktop and tried to run the U3 LaunchPad software. Nothing
happened, so I started looking more closely at the files. One of the files was called
SanDiskFormatExtension.dll, which sounded promising. Now I just needed to figure out how to
run the SanDisk installer to reformat the drive. I tried all of the .exes and .msis that shipped
with the drive, but nothing wanted to run from the folder on my desktop.
Just as I was running out of options, I opened the autorun.inf file and found a very interesting
entry:
1
2

[Update]
URL=http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.2&
brand=PelicanBFG (http://u3.sandisk.com/download
/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.2&brand=PelicanBFG)

The fix
So, with nothing to lose, I pasted http://u3.sandisk.com/download
/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.2&brand=PelicanBFG (http://u3.sandisk.com/download
/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.2&brand=PelicanBFG) into Internet Explorer, thinking that it
would at least get me some new files that might allow me to reformat the drive. I followed a
few prompts and lo, the U3 Launchpad Installer software launched and restored the drive to its
factory settings of 2 GB capacity formatted as FAT. It even replaced the original U3 files,
making it truly good-as-new.
Im astonished that this information isnt more widely available, particularly on the SanDisk
support site and forums, as this 0 capacity problem seems to affect a good number of drives
and there are many threads where this issue remains unresolved.
Note that the page at http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.2&
brand=PelicanBFG (http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.2&
brand=PelicanBFG) requires you to install an ActiveX component, so you must use Internet
Explorer.
Otherwise, you can download the latest version of the U3 Launchpad Installer executable
(http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/240/) from the Sandisk KB.
Of course, if youre not using a SanDisk drive, its rather unlikely that this software will fix your
drive, but maybe your devices manufacturer has something similar. There are also a number of
good ideas in the comments below, so definitely read through them for more options.

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If youre trying to restore the drives contents or recover files, the all of the methods described
on this page will format (erase) the drive and are not for you. Good luck.

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188 Responses to Fixed: USB drive unusable, unformattable, and reporting 0


bytes capacity
1. _JayK74u
10 October 2009 at 7:57 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-21985)
Wow thank you it works!, I actually tried this method before using the launchpad installer
but it actually made it worse, but I tried it again using the installer you posted and it now
works.

2. Sam
17 November 2009 at 6:56 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-23729)
Thanks for this tip, but sadly the installer detects that my drive is not a Sandisk drive and
refuses to run. If anyone finds a solution for a 4GB Maxell Retractor then please post it!
Their website only seems to have win98 drivers on it.

3. devonte
22 November 2009 at 8:28 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-23957)
mines say 0 bites but when i try to download it it says it needs activex

4. Felix Calderon
23 November 2009 at 11:50 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-23983)
Please, i need the name the activex that is necesary.
But i paste the javascript:InstallWizard() in the bar of directions
and ask me for introduce one intelligent unity U3
excuseme you for my english

5. ekaansh
14 January 2010 at 12:30 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-26042)
what to do for a transcend 512 mb.

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6. seth (http://thepeoplescube.com)
19 January 2010 at 12:57 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-26269)
after wipiing the cdrom parition restore it with the CORRECT version of LPInstaller.exe
I leave it to you to determind the correct version
damnable sepell check

7. ajay
26 January 2010 at 12:37 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-26664)
what to do for transcend 8 GB ??????????????

8. Mandi
26 January 2010 at 9:32 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-26677)
Mine just isnt recognising anything. I cant save to it and nothing is showing up.

9. harvey
26 January 2010 at 11:04 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-26680)
dude we have same problem.. all you have to do is to right click on my computer,
manage and find disk management.. below you will see your usb right click on the color
black and simply format it..

10. Deepak
3 February 2010 at 4:23 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-27108)
I had a same problem with kingston 8 GB pen drive. I have tried many softwares to format
the 0 byte usb drive. Finally the software which worked was this tiny executable
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L6PSHSO4 (http://www.megaupload.com
/?d=L6PSHSO4). Hope this will help the drives other than SanDisk

11. yoza
4 February 2010 at 11:58 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-27243)
I had problem with kingston 8 GB pen drive.Ive tried this http://www.megaupload.com
/?d=L6PSHSO4 (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L6PSHSO4), but it says USB Flash
Disk not found!please help me

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12. Richie Rich


2 March 2010 at 3:41 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-28844)
worked for my Cruzer 2GB after I thought I would have to toss it. Thanks dude.

13. Antonio Carmona Reyna


2 March 2010 at 6:49 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-28859)
Well, uff, yes! yes! yes! I did it! I finally could format my Kingston data traveler 2.0 after
many searchings on the web a link took me to here, and after trying many, many, many,
solutions, I finally did it. It was a 0 bytes usb ( I have many files in it, of course) and I tried
the solution that ardami found, it didnt work, then I tired the Deepaks solution and it
work partially, because it said that a mistake occurred while trying to format the usb, and
asked me to send an inform to microsoft and I did it. Then I checked on MIPC and as
always tried to open unit E: and never could, but this time it said the unit E: doesnt have
a format, do you want to format? and I said yes of course (well I wanted to recover my
data but it wasnt possible) so I finally can read my usb and of course now its empty.
So I want to give a big handshake to ardamis and to Deepak, thanks a lot for your help.

14. deepak adhana


3 March 2010 at 7:31 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-28897)
hi! i am also having the same problem so if u could tell me what deepak said to u and
how to do it .pls pls send it to my gmail acount deepak.adhana7@gmail.com
(mailto:deepak.adhana7@gmail.com)

15. Faiyaz
3 March 2010 at 12:35 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-28913)
11.I had problem with kingston 2 GB pen drive.Ive tried this
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L6PSHSO4 (http://www.megaupload.com
/?d=L6PSHSO4), but it says USB Flash Disk not found!please help me

16. Asif
23 March 2010 at 5:43 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-30036)
My 4 GB kingston usb also saying usb flash disk not fount Help plz

17. Asif Khan


14 April 2010 at 5:19 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-31309)
Tried both methods but unfortunately they did not work for my brand new kingston 8
gig.sucks

18. Manish
14 April 2010 at 1:00 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-31348)
Hello,

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I dont is it ok to ask you this question or not.


I want to add one folder on pen drive that should not be removed when anyone format
pen drive.
Is it possible to do?
If so then how?
Thanks,
Manish

19. hey
18 May 2010 at 11:41 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-33885)
USB Flash Disk not found!
same here
anybody got an idea?
or how to trick the programm that it thinks its an sandisk usb stick?

20. dian
25 May 2010 at 2:35 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-34461)
hello, where could i found the ActiveX
sorry, my english is not good
Thx Before

21. please
28 May 2010 at 9:49 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-34734)
antonio2 please share your knowledge on how you fix your problem with you usb same
problem here. can you please email it to me deletemoko@yahoo.com
(mailto:deletemoko@yahoo.com) thanks in advance

22. patrick
11 June 2010 at 6:07 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-35959)
hello guys i got some problem here ill try all your ways that have given but where can i
find active x

23. Yatindestel
13 June 2010 at 10:38 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-36258)
either solution not working for my 4 gb moser baer usb drive :(
error: device not found in deepaks solution

24. yabady dabady


30 June 2010 at 8:46 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-38175)
after going to http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.2&
brand=PelicanBFG (http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.2&

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brand=PelicanBFG) you need to click install launch pad now wait it may take a while
but an active x installer bar will pop pu in the top of the page click install now wait
you will be prompted to install launch pad click install and wait again a u3 installer
pop up will show go threw steps and there you go.

25. geishaslave
2 July 2010 at 12:28 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-38367)
A-Data 16GB USB flash drive (no model, red casing and cap). Autplay progress window
shows files exist on drive. Drive is assigned a letter, but shows 0 bytes used/available.
Booted to Windows XP sp3 Safe Mode. Inserted 16GB drive into USB slot. Was then able
to copy all files to another drive. Next, went to the command line Start > Run > CMD )
then formatted the drive as FAT32. At the command prompt, type format /? for info on
the format util.

26. Siddharth
6 July 2010 at 7:24 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-38847)
Ok, so I just searched Google for about 5 hours trying to figure out how to fix the USBest
USB2flashStorage USB problem. What happened is the part of the memory that tells the
computer how to access the drive and how big the drive is got corrupted. You need a
program called Super Stick Recovery Tool made by kingmax. Dont worry that your
drive isnt a kingmax drive, it will work anyway because it is just going to completely write
over that little part of the drive that got corrupted. just go to http://www.kingmax.com
/en_04_download.asp?usn=2 and download
Super Stick Recovery Tool V1.0.2.19.rar
you can open the rar file with winrar or 7-zip. Inside is
Super Stick Recovery Tool V1.0.2.19.exe. Run it as administrator with the drive plugged in
and click Update
about 5 minutes later Problem solved!
*Warning* This erases everything on the drive, I have no clue how to get data off of it
before you do this, but at least you can have a working jump drive rather than a paper
weight.
Just so you know, I only tested this on a Verbatim 8 Gb drive that had the exact same
problems you described. I tried lots of other tools and they didnt work. Super Stick
Recovery Tool Rocks!
haha Solution worked for me with iball pendrive and i suppose it will work for any
pendrive

27. Khoi
19 July 2010 at 3:51 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-40477)
For Transcend USB, use this tool:
http://www.transcendusa.com/Products/online_recovery_1.asp
(http://www.transcendusa.com/Products/online_recovery_1.asp)

28. GreyGrue
23 July 2010 at 2:39 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-40944)
Thanks for the help, but none of these worked for me. What did work was the following.
(Win 7) (HP v125 4G Thumb drive)

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Open Command Prompt with admin rights.


*Type cmd in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter.
Or
*Go to Start menu > All programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and
select Run as administrator.
As I was on an Admin account already I just hit Start key + R. Then type in cmd.
First type DISKPART and hit enter. You will see a text block saying version number. Takes
a second depending on number of drives.
Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number of your USB flash drive. it
will be listed as disk 0, disk 1, and so on. My thumb drive was Disk 4 with my other four
drives before it. You can also see the total size as well as free space for each drive. Here
my Thumb drive was ** bytes, 0 Bytes free. While the windows manager displayed a 0
bytes, 0 free.
Replace the drive number # with the correct drive number for the following commands.
SELECT DISK #
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
(here you put the file type you wish to format in to. NTFS, FAT32, FAT16. FAT32 is
standard.)
FORMAT FS=NTFS
(Format process will take a few seconds)
ASSIGN
EXIT
Hope this helps someone else, Im just glad to have my drive back.

29. jojomannoh
27 July 2010 at 10:57 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-41465)
SOLVED
if ur problem is
- disk Management it shows it as as Removable Storage(+letter) with no media in it
- properties shows that it has 0 free space and 0 used space
- shows up in my computer but say insert disk
ok i had the same pen drive, same 4 gb and same problem
this is how i solved it
1. plug in the pendrive. restart the pc with a xp installation cd
and make sure u reboot into the xp installation
2. follow the prompts till u get to which drive to install the xp
3.delete the existing partition on the pendrive(it will be listed)
and create a new partition. this re-installs the mbr
4. quit the installation and remove the pendrive before booting normally
5. after booting plug in the drive and format it
i used HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool but i think windows formatting
should work
i did a quick format first before a full with ntfs
email me if u have any questions : jojomannoh@yahoo.co.uk
(mailto:jojomannoh@yahoo.co.uk)

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AFTER 10 HOURS OF SEARCHING MY 4GB Kingston Datatraveler usb 2.0 device IS


BBBBAAAAACCCCKKKKKK!!!!!!!!

30. ardamis (http://www.ardamis.com/)


1 August 2010 at 11:03 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42127)
A commenter suggested using the Lexar Image Rescue 4 Software, but this is not free
software.
http://store.lexar.com/index.cfm?productid=L-IR4-DWN (http://store.lexar.com
/index.cfm?productid=L-IR4-DWN)

31. egp
17 August 2010 at 9:08 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42164)
Thank you very much, GreyGrue! I did what you wrote and saved my Verbatim U3 smart
4GB USB stick.

32. ip
8 September 2010 at 1:59 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42235)
When I click the link, it states I need admin rights, my account is an admin account, please
help?

33. RJ
12 September 2010 at 12:08 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42252)
Thanks GreyGrue. You are a life saver :) . The procedure worked flawlessly.

34. SP
25 September 2010 at 4:23 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42313)
Thanks GreyGrue and to all here seems a combination of all of the above got my cruzer
back. thanks

35. jr
28 September 2010 at 7:02 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42341)
how to fix unusable sony usb. help

36. Sonu Gupta


29 September 2010 at 1:52 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42349)
hello all,
I have a transcend 64GB USB Flash drive but when I am unable to formate or use it. I tried
all of the methods mentioned here, no one works for me.

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Please help me.

37. Jose Luis Benavent


10 October 2010 at 3:37 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42452)
this : http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L6PSHSO4 (http://www.megaupload.com
/?d=L6PSHSO4)
worked for me !!
thanks,,

38. Jamie Wong


19 October 2010 at 8:07 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42480)
I tried using the method above and all failed. When i try to run the software provided by
deepak it says preformat not supports this IC..what the hell is that meant to mean?!

39. Edward Hardy


31 October 2010 at 11:08 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42751)
Deepak, thank you very much dude!!!! thanks to you i could fix my Kingston USB 4Gb
memory, i tryed a lot of programs and anything works; the .exe you give us, says an error
when formating, but the windows says that Disk E: has no format, then i formated it, and
Works Again!!! thank you!!! really man, i apreciate it too much man, thanks!!! sorry for my
bad english hahaha. thank you Deepak ^^

40. Troubleshoot Please Insert A Disk Into Drive Error In Windows (http://www.ghacks.net
/2010/11/02/troubleshoot-please-insert-a-disk-into-drive-error-in-windows/)
2 November 2010 at 8:51 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-42966)
[...] a capacity of 0 Megabytes (in Device Manager > Disk Drives > Right-click, properties
> Volumes.Use GreyGrue has another solution:Open Command Prompt with admin
rights. *Type cmd in Start menu search box and [...]

41. deepak
4 November 2010 at 6:45 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-43243)
transcend software really works which are best than other software

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42. deCKerz
7 November 2010 at 3:31 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-43610)
Can somebody help me to reformat my Sandisk Extre Contour flash drive. After
forgetting my password and automatically locked it and reformatting it and hitting the
ERASE button a message appears stating that an error occur. Trying several times didnt
do anything. Ive trid disk management but the format option is not highlighted so I
cannot reformat my flashdrive. Any help will be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

43. iq0099
15 November 2010 at 4:54 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-43752)
Here is the Megaupload file for those who cannot download from that link:
http://hotfile.com/dl/82803021/4083c20/usb_drive_ulocker_Repair_v2.9.1.1.zip
(http://hotfile.com/dl/82803021/4083c20/usb_drive_ulocker_Repair_v2.9.1.1.zip)
&
http://hotfile.com/dl/82803021/4083c20/usb_drive_ulocker_Repair_v2.9.1.1.zip.html
(http://hotfile.com/dl/82803021/4083c20/usb_drive_ulocker_Repair_v2.9.1.1.zip.html)

44. iq0099
16 November 2010 at 6:37 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-43755)
By the way, none of the solutions above worked for me.
I have DataTraveler 102 16GB, and its showing 0KB size, no media, and cannot be
formatted nor accessed!
Any more suggestions?

45. aashish
23 November 2010 at 6:41 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-43774)
It is the confirm solution
HP Drive Key Boot Utility..
use it
magic..

46. r341
6 December 2010 at 9:18 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-43870)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L6PSHSO4 (http://www.megaupload.com
/?d=L6PSHSO4) is working dude .. thx alot ..
work on my kingstone 1Gb no media error ..

47. Ashish Singh


6 December 2010 at 11:36 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-43872)
Hi Friends,
For me the onlinerecovery from transcent worked with my Transcent 4 GB.Thanks!! Please
have patience while download as its damm slow download happen in bits.

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1)Please make use of this site http://www.transcendusa.com/Products


/online_recovery_2.asp?LangNo=0
All the instruction are present how to repair your pen drive.
2) Download tool JetFlash Recovery Online from http://www.transcendusa.com/support
/dlcenter/ORT_Software.asp?Link=OnLineRecovery.exe,
If you guys have further question pls post ur question me herei wil reply you.Thanks!!

48. Ranko
10 December 2010 at 9:39 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-43888)
I did it this way, Start -> Run -> type diskmgmt.msc.. then right click on your usb,
change drive letter and paths.. hit the ok.. and thats it :-) worked for me :-))

49. Maxtor
14 December 2010 at 7:05 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-43951)
I have a HDD maxtor 8GB IDE, its plugged with usb cable, when I try to format it show me
a message there is no media in the specified device. I have tried many programs, hiren
boot (pack), hp usb.., Hard disk low level format, diskpart, partition magic, .a lot of
software and sofware posted here, firts time I tried to recovery my data but now I just
want format my HDD, please any idea
USB To IDE/SATA device 0041 (0MB) some software show me this but when I push to
format the HDD the software dont can

50. Sucabu
10 January 2011 at 9:53 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-44069)
My Lacie Moskeyto 8gb has died just after two days of use!
device not found, please insert device
What the frak?!

51. John Boon (http://www.johnboon.com.au)


15 January 2011 at 1:11 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-44078)
I have just recovered a generic 2GB usb pen/flash drive. I kept getting the error message
There is no disk in DriveH. I tried it on at least 10 different computers without success.
On one computer, the error was that the device was unrecognised, and all the other nine
computers asked me to insert a disk. I tried putting it in gladwrap in the freezer
overnight. No damn use. I tried installing USB U3 software onto it, but it was not a
Sandisk, so I got an error message. But I went into Control Panel (WinXP) >
Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk management > and at least I
could see the USB drive as Removable Media even though it said No Media. I then tried
every damned button in there and eventually I found somewhere I think it was under
Computer Management > Removable Storage Libraries and I could see something in
the Libraries folder. It wouldnt let me do much, but at least I could see what was on the
USB flash drive. I tried to delete some of the crap, and it kept giving me error messages,
but something seemed to be happening. I was still in Disk Management by the way.
Anyway, then I got an error message that I should use chkdsk /f on the drive. I tried to do
that but it wouldnt let me, until I closed every open folder, scheduled a chkdsk /f, and
restarted the computer leaving the USB attached. Eventually, it fired up and checked the
C drive, then it fired up again and checked the F drive. It said that /stocktakes and

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Mark.thumbnail were unreadable. Anyway, I let it do all its checks, and finally after about
15 minutes, I got the Windows XP desktop back and there was the Flashdrive with the
name PKback# 001 (E:). Before it was just Removable Disk, now it had a proper name
albeit Generic. I went in, and saved what I could, deleted what it would let me delete, and
then did a quick format, and then did a full format. Now it all seems to work fine again. I
hope this helps some other bugger.

52. cindy
23 January 2011 at 5:27 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-44126)
I have the same problem with my 8 GB Trekstor Stick 0 free o used. But I need the files
badly so I cant try out the experiments aboveCould anybody help me? Im desperate to
open the files. I tried other computers, it even appeared for a moment, the files were all
there, I even could see it for a sec, but to short to copy, there is 2-3 GB that I need from
the stick, so it would take much much more time to copy itSo if you have any
suggestions, Im thankful

53. GakwayaInnocent
30 January 2011 at 10:40 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-44174)
Thanks very much, MEGAUPLOAD really worked for me and thanks for the spirit you have
to help.

54. Brome
10 February 2011 at 7:43 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-44870)
I finally recovered my usb! I tried hours and hours for all of your advices.
but none of them worked. :(
my usb didnt show up in disk management.
I tried HP USB Disk Format Tool. It recognized my usb but couldnt format it because it
showed 0mb.

55. Brome
10 February 2011 at 7:45 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-44874)
I gave my final try in windows safe mode (i use win xp sp3)
and hp usb tool recognized it and show 4 gb (wow!!!)
i succesfully formated usb and now it works great!
so give it a try in safe mode. i hope this solution works for all of you.

56. Jeppe Bonde Mikkelsen (http://www.webguden.dk)


12 February 2011 at 12:58 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-45471)
None of the above worked for me with my 8GB TDK Trans-IT stick.

57. Taengoo
13 February 2011 at 1:13 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-45825)

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@GreyGrue your post a legend. Thanks a lot!

58. AL-Amin
15 February 2011 at 1:10 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-46393)
@iq0099 Did you get any solution I have exact same drive like yours (Kingston 16gb data
travelar 101) I have tried every single thing mentioned here except the one says using xp
installation cd (I planned to do it now) Please let me know if you have already found a
solution to that problem.
Previously Tried result:
1. the megaupload thing (usb drive unlocker) says preformat not supports this IC ,
2. Hp said The specified device is being used. and in safemode it said no media and
many other steps which are too much to list here. @Brome what did you did to
recover???

59. Vivek
14 March 2011 at 4:58 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-50424)
Hi,
It works fine until the finish wizard appears. AFter that the pen drive goes back to its 0 KB
state.
Please help.

60. mark
10 April 2011 at 3:05 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-50523)
what about for cdr king 1gb flash disk not of the solution above worked

61. lloyd
22 April 2011 at 10:22 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-50588)
mine 0 mb netac flsh disk i have tried to format it but it says un able to format this
removable disk>>>how can i back it to normal????????

62. how to fix usb drive that is unformattable, reporting 0 bytes, no media but recognize
(http://www.raymond.cc/forum/general-forum/27804-how-to-fix-usb-drive-that-isunformattable-reporting-0-bytes-no-media-but-recognize.html#post242347)
27 April 2011 at 11:24 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-50619)
[...] Perhaps some help for you: http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/us
(http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/us)ytes-capacity/ A [...]

63. Sarav (http://www.ardamis.com)


7 May 2011 at 5:05 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-50656)
Hi All,
I bought brand new Transcend 32 Gb pen drive and tried to fromat it for first use.

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Not able to format in NTFS.


Gives an error Windows unable to format it.
It showed 0 bytes under properties.
Googled and got this forum..
Tried with all the above steps.
>> Scan disk link didnt detect my pen drive.
>> Mega upload download file, USB drive Unlocker repair application also didnt help to
detect it.
>> Not able to use te Transcend online recovery applicatin too. Gives no drive
connected.
>>Tried to format it from cmd
Tried to format in FAT 32 and NTFS. Got an error..
C:\Windows\system32>CONVERT F: /FS:NTFS
The type of the file system is FAT32.
Volume Serial Number is 50D3-CA68
Windows is verifying files and folders
File and folder verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
31,999,999 KB total disk space.
31,999,999 KB are available.
8,192 bytes in each allocation unit.
2,071,548 total allocation units on disk.
2,071,547 allocation units available on disk.
Determining disk space required for file system conversion
Total disk space: 31999999 KB
Free space on volume: 31999999 KB
Space required for conversion: 82823 KB
Converting file system
The first NTFS boot sector is unwriteable.
All NTFS boot sectors are unwriteable. Cannot continue.
(The file sizes are not correct as I got it from some where, I didnt capture the actual result..
It is for an example)
>> Even http://store.lexar.com/index.cfm?productid=L-IR4-DWN (http://store.lexar.com
/index.cfm?productid=L-IR4-DWN) didnt help me
>> Under Disk management it shows 32 Gb Primary partition for Pen drive. But
properties show 0 bytes. Tried to change the Drive letter from disk management. Also
tried formating. End up with unable to format.
>> Also tried HP Drive Key Boot Utility with no luck.
>> At last it worked for me
I tried all these steps on my Win 7 32 bit machine..
Plugged in the pen drive to Win XP 32 bit machine. Tried to do default format( Not quick
format and also no NTFS) under the Disk management.
Format wen well.. Got the my drive back.. Now it shows 32 GB.. I am happpyyyyyyyyyy..
Again to make sure it is an issue with OS, Plugged it back to my Win 7 machine.
Tried to format again with NTFS, Quick Format..
Got the same issue back, 0 bytes.
Tried to do default format, FAT 32 without quick format Format went well and got the
drive back..

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I am not sure, is it a problem because of NTFS or the OS, but it works for me
Hi friends, please try this if any of the above troubleshooting doesnt help.. Hope this
would be useful for you..
Thanks,

64. Fahd
8 May 2011 at 10:29 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-50669)
Hi guys i have used this tool and it worked for me (Repair_v2.9.1.8A)
http://www.mediafire.com/?4xkqr0n7282hp07 (http://www.mediafire.com
/?4xkqr0n7282hp07) give it a try .. Hope it works for u too.

65. Fahd
8 May 2011 at 10:38 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-50670)
and this is a second tool which helped lots of people solve there flash drive write
protection problem..(Repair_Neo2.9) http://www.mediafire.com/?cj0phuqv9201aiu
(http://www.mediafire.com/?cj0phuqv9201aiu)

66. leonidas
23 June 2011 at 7:13 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-52646)
sidhharts advice was the bestit worked for me..spend whole day on it finally i ran super
stick recovery tool on winxp n it did wonders for me..m happy to hv my hp v115w usb
flash drive up n running againthanks a lot buddy u rock

67. me
28 June 2011 at 12:20 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-52897)
Siddharth solution is working

68. weeljack
1 July 2011 at 1:32 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-53483)
wow great freaking awsum..i recovrd my pend.my mosebear 4gb got back with
recovery tool stick
perfectly Super Stick Recovery Tool V1.0.2.19.exe

69. meiappan
3 July 2011 at 4:25 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-53799)
i am using transend 2 gb pendrive.. while i try to open it, it shows please insert a disk
into drive.. all above is not working.. pls help me

70. reuben

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Hi..
i have a 8gig verbatim with the same problem none of the above worked for me.it shows
0MB please help

71. Km
20 July 2011 at 11:57 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-55347)
None of the above ideas worked. i have an 8gb trancend SD card, i connected it to the
card reader and could not format it. tried all the option above. kindly help me out

72. ahmed nasr


2 August 2011 at 9:30 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-56481)
my usb storage in mode Read only how can i fixed it ,, i not able to Format it and i cant
copy or past any thing

73. jumpi
19 August 2011 at 8:18 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-57954)
it says contact system administrator for assistance but i am sure i do have administrator
rights what should i do?

74. Deepak
20 August 2011 at 10:13 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-58098)
hi you can also use hdd low level format tool .?
just download and try it ..
woks for all pendrives.
rply on my account ..

75. RSW
23 August 2011 at 9:51 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-58338)
All of the above fixes may work for some problems for some people, but there are others
who are have flash drives that are seen by the o/s and given a drive letter but report No
Media. Im still waiting for a fix to help those [me included]. Theres no point advising
those with this problem to format/change drive letter or run a recovery tool since the o/s
sees a drive with no disk inside. Has anyone seen a fix for this? or is the drive dead and
gone?

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76. jaydip
24 August 2011 at 6:37 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-58413)
my transcend pen drive is showing RAW file system & it couldnt formatted.
Please tell me what i do?

77. Razor
27 August 2011 at 10:05 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-58782)
any solutions with Kingston 16 GB data traveler. no media problem from disk
management

78. ravindra
29 August 2011 at 12:10 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-58868)
my pen drive of 4gb of kingston not working . plz send me mbr file code then i will
manage it . with my software

79. Feyy
2 September 2011 at 7:48 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-59422)
Tried pretty much every suggestion here and nothing worked :(
So i kept browsing around and found a guy on another forum who said to try a program
called Dr UFD
Link here : http://turbobit.net/1rhhcv1zsuos.html (http://turbobit.net/1rhhcv1zsuos.html)
I downloaded it and tried it and it finally fixed my Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB yay!!
Lost everything i had on it but at least i have a working USB stick again.
Here are a few tips for using the program because it seemingly did not work for me the
first time i tried it so do not give up too easily.
First if you are on windows 7, change the programs compatibility mode to Windows Vista
SP2 and run the program as administrator. Then click on Update.
It may be a bit slow and take a while but let the program finish. When it is finished it will
ask you to remove your USB stick. BE SURE TO REMOVE THE STICK AND INSERT IT INTO
A DIFFERENT SLOT THAN BEFORE.
Once it is plugged back in it should work like normal again!
Hopefully this fix will work for other people like me who tried everything suggested here
but failed. Good luck :)

80. JacobM
3 September 2011 at 12:20 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-59449)
Hey all, I have a similar problem with the Removable Disk title containing 0bytes.
I dont actually know what kind of flashdrive I have. Which is kinda odd, yeah, I know. It
was an 8gig though. I dont know which program to use to fix it.
It botched after I switched it from FAT32 to NTFS to create a 4gig Virtual Hard Drive
Partition on it using VirtualBox (by Oracle). It wasnt working, so I canceled it. It wouldnt
let me delete the file I had and then locked up when I tried to format it. I pulled it out and
now I have nothing. Yayzz. Not.

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Im at a loss of what to do. I absolutely have to have this for a class which starts next
week (week 9/12/11). Yeah. Owch.
Im also not-too-cool with downloading a ton of executables from everywhere.
AND
Everyone who says they can fix the problem just by changing the drive letter: You had a
slightly different issue than the majority of the people here.
Pleasepleaseplease help me. And thanks.

81. umar
3 September 2011 at 9:17 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-59503)
it is very esay to recovey your usb agaian
right click on my computer option >mange>disk mangment >double click on your
usb>select fat32 next >ok
done it

82. JacobM
4 September 2011 at 12:11 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-59593)
@umar:
Doesnt work for me. I cant double click on it. (Im using Windows 7 64-bit.) But no
options in the disk management seemed to have any effect.
@ALL:
Ive been wondering, if I used a hex editor to flip all the bits to 0, would windows
automatically format the drive for me?

83. Mikoy
9 September 2011 at 3:04 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-60220)
Guys try to google this application.(Super Stick Recovery Tool V1.0.2.19.rar). It saves my
8gb adata usb drive in less than a minute. Extract the file and run the aplication. Then click
the update button and your pen drive should be alive. Hope this could help you guys.

84. Khurt M.
12 September 2011 at 2:59 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-60498)
None of this is working for me. I have tried everything that is in here but still getting
nothing. I still cant use my flash drive.

85. Anlyn (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusable-unformattableand-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/)


15 September 2011 at 4:13 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-60767)
My kingston 2 gb pen drive works :) thanks to GreyGrue :D

86. HDmark
16 September 2011 at 1:58 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-60878)

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The HP USB Drive utility was the only thing that worked for me; got it from CNET:
http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-FormatTool/3000-2094_4-10974082.html (http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Disk-StorageFormat-Tool/3000-2094_4-10974082.html)
Install and go. Kingston DataTraveler 1 (16GB) recovered. 2 minutes.

87. Gabessz
24 September 2011 at 5:51 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-61465)
@Ashish Singh Thank you so much Dude!!! You are my savior!!!!!! :D :D

88. jeana
2 October 2011 at 3:01 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-62113)
All of them didnt work my usb is cdrking Pls help me!!!!!

89. USER
5 October 2011 at 3:13 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-62430)
Hello Friends, I had the same problem, Im IT, I Worked With Data loss and Data
corruptions, of course I tried many variants for my friend USB Flash Drive Nothing
Helped Except Dr UFD
It is Real awesome solution, I wonder how it repaired the flash drive: I recommend it,
Must have Tool
Link Was Given By Feyy
Link here : http://turbobit.net/1rhhcv1zsuos.html (http://turbobit.net/1rhhcv1zsuos.html)

90. mantasz01
5 October 2011 at 4:53 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-62438)
Hello i bought Sillicon Power 16 GB and that day i bought its crashed during coppying
files i reinserted it and tried copy files but was the same problem, i tried all application
which u posted here, tried everything but nothing happened. It would be good if any1
know how to fix silicon power usb flash.Thanks.

91. Bob90
8 October 2011 at 2:31 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-62708)
Thanks Ranko. Worked for me. I could see the drive in My Computer and Disk
Management though.

92. ubru bey


12 October 2011 at 2:25 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-63122)
many thanks for the info..i had a Cruzer too (just hope it wont happen to me:P)

93. Anant

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16 October 2011 at 12:57 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-63715)


I have a HP pen drive, my pc is detecting the drive, but size shown is 0B
Also, i am not able to format the drive.
Tried using HP USB DISK STORAGE, but it did not work for me, it cant recognise the the
drive.
Any suggestions ??

94. Anant
16 October 2011 at 1:36 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-63721)
Tried all the above methods, still unable to get it fixed.
Also, i cant see the drive in Disk Manager, but is visible in My computer.
Any success stories for people who fixed their HP pen drives ??
Please suggest :(

95. Marvz
20 October 2011 at 12:38 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-64093)
I have a PQI 8gb flash drive and i tried all of the solutions above, and none of them works
for me. please help me. thanks in advance.

96. sasa
20 October 2011 at 2:00 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-64098)
@GreyGrue:
i follow ur step. but when i write CLEAN and hit enter it shows:
virtual disk service error:
there is no media in the device
now help me what should i do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

97. sandy
20 October 2011 at 5:20 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-64116)
i just asking if this can use in other brand of a flash drive?
and if no please help about on it
the brand of my flash drive was RIODATA. thank you

98. Laurence
24 October 2011 at 2:53 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-64514)
http://search.4shared.com/q/1/Dr.%20UFD?view=searchMainField
(http://search.4shared.com/q/1/Dr.%20UFD?view=searchMainField) Ill cut my fingers if
this wont work! try this amazing! haha yeah!!! damn usb ill be throwing it if not for this in
5 mins!

99. zzz

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25 October 2011 at 3:13 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-64615)


how to format a memory card which has the same problem like the pendrive that u say

100. zzz
25 October 2011 at 3:17 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-64617)
Can use this method to format a sandisk memory stick* ?
Or is there any other solution for formating a memory stick which has the same problem?
PLEASE reply anyone= =
Thanks in andvance
.

101. Ultimate Solution


27 October 2011 at 8:27 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-64881)
Well , another Method can be used if flash provider dont offer repair tool- 1st you need
to determine flash chip provider:
1- download chipgui 3 to detect ur chip provider,vid and pid https://sites.google.com
/site/future81/ChipGenius.rar (https://sites.google.com/site/future81/ChipGenius.rar)
2- connect ur flash only
3-look for ur flash name in the listed usb devices in the program and click it
4-enter russian site http://www.flashboot.ru (http://www.flashboot.ru)
5-click iflash and enter vid and pid of ur flash and click button next to it
6-the site will show u a list, try to locate the entry that have same name(e.g dt 101)
and same chip vendor chip part number(located to the right of pid vid) returned from
chip gui program if applicable and locate same size(not very important the same chip
program can repair different sizes in most cases) when u find ur flash entry note the name
of the utilty to repair it in last column
7- click the menu left of iflash
8- click ur chip provider from left list
9- locate the utilty u got from step 6 click it and click button at bottom enter code and
download
10- if utility is true it shoud detect ur drive and repair /format it
sometimes chip provider supplied by chipgui maybe incorrect ,if so do the following:
1-in iflash list locate chip providers and try to download last version of utility for each
2-try utility see if it recognized ur flash or not ,the one that does may be providing the
info u need like (card info button) in SSS_MP_Utility_v2173 from sss chip provider -take
ur part number and return to iflash list to locate the right tool for ur flsh version for
SSS_MP_Utility_v2173 u can save card info to file note isp version locate bin file that
have same isp version in isp code directory -copy its name to ini file in the root program
directory and also redefine provider vif pid in that ini according to info u read put u must
convert hexadecimal vid pid to decimal through windows calculator and type decimal
values in the ini- u can make a copy of ini and name it as u want
3- start program again and choose ur ini and flash ur disk

102. zzz
27 October 2011 at 11:41 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-64953)
Please anyone help me

103. Hyperz
31 October 2011 at 11:55 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-65298)

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thanks ultimate solution.!! i love you!! :D

104. Scottdog129 (http://www.clutchinc.net)


3 November 2011 at 1:09 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-65521)
YEAH!!! Siddharth saves the day!! Worked perfectly!!

105. Amit (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusable-unformattableand-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/)


5 November 2011 at 7:03 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-65712)
Still facing the same Problem ..
USB drive unusable, unformattable, and reporting 0 bytes capacity

106. Asad (http://facebook.com/CyberLogicAsad)


5 November 2011 at 12:26 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-65729)
@Ultimate Solution: I LOVE YOU. That is all.

107. zzz
6 November 2011 at 2:00 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-65782)
Ultimate solution can be used for memory stick with the exactly same problem???

108. Akshay
6 November 2011 at 12:11 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-65826)
Any Solution for Corsair Flash Voyager 8gb Pendrive Detected as USBest
USB2flashStorage USB
I Tried All Solutions Posted Above but didnt Work for Me.

109. zzz
6 November 2011 at 11:07 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-65870)
How to repair a memory stick with the same problem

110. HAPPY
7 November 2011 at 8:56 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-65984)
Feyy
http://turbobit.net/1rhhcv1zsuos.html (http://turbobit.net/1rhhcv1zsuos.html)
WORKS PERFECTLY!

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111. Wicky
9 November 2011 at 9:44 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-66185)
Hey..cant thank you enough bro..just recovered two of my 8GB drives..you are the man
:)

112. Said
13 November 2011 at 9:19 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-66574)
Dears, I have 35 SONY VAIO USB Storage Media 2 Giga with the same error
1-Device Not Ready
2- No Media

113. alexis
15 November 2011 at 8:12 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-66716)
YOU SAVE MY SISTER DISK SOLUTION ULTIMATE THANK YOU SO MUCH :)

114. charan
24 November 2011 at 9:27 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-67741)
hey how can i fix the problem of my 8 gb transcend pen drive.can any one help me plea
se

115. alwasyforu
25 November 2011 at 6:20 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-67791)
Hi All,
I have windows was unable to complete the format error, when I try to format my
KINGSTON DATA TRAVELLER 16GB(new one, purchased yesterday only). Can any one
help me out? I am on windows 7.

116. Fox
25 November 2011 at 12:05 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-67823)
I suggest everyone to try UltimateSolutions solution ;-)
Flashing the ROM is probably a last ditch effort but if that doesnt work, nothing will.
It worked for me (Centon DS Pro flash drive)

117. Pentathlete
26 November 2011 at 3:46 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-68002)
Tried all of the (non XP) tips above with my 8gig pen drive and none of them worked
(on Vista and Windows 7) the device is simply not being read despite being listed but
thanks for all the suggestions. Maybe the pen drive is fried but I only bought it yesterday
and ran fine for a couple of hours. Gonna try it on a Windows XP PC as it seems to be a

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common thread in some of the solutions.


Word of warning some of the links mentioned above are well dodgy, with viruses
attached. But I guess you knew that already.

118. kirkukly
27 November 2011 at 4:10 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-68052)
Ultimate Solution , my great thanks from my deep heart .it really worked

119. Geoff
28 November 2011 at 6:26 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-68283)
I have a Verbatim Storen'Go Retractable 4GB USB that I put a image of Chromium OS on,
which was a dismal failure, this left me with a USB that couldnt be seen by Gparted in
Linux and windows would only format it to half it original size, HP USB Disk Storage
Format Tool was able to retrieve the unallocated space so it is as good as new once more,
the version I used Ive had for a long time but it as never failed me,
http://www.itaustinweb.com/windows/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool-SP27608.html
(http://www.itaustinweb.com/windows/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-FormatTool-SP27608.html) SP27608.exe

120. Datatraveler 120


3 December 2011 at 1:37 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-68994)
Ultimate Solution:
YOU ROCK!

121. ryan
6 December 2011 at 1:38 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-69377)
how to fixed my flash disk transcend 2gb bro!
:)

122. ryan
6 December 2011 at 1:40 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-69378)
0bytes

123. shamboobs
6 December 2011 at 5:40 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-69508)
Ultimate Solution pretty much has the ultimate solution. Though the website you linked
did not have the utility I needed, someone posting in their comments did. The utility
pretty much told me I was hosed; too many bad blocks. At least now I can stop wasting
my time on this PoS and throw it in the trash and move on with my life.

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124. suraj bisht


8 December 2011 at 6:39 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-69771)
my hp 4 gb pen drive has detcted but no space of it

125. balbir negi


10 December 2011 at 2:31 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-70128)
my i ball 4 and 8 gb pen drives are detecting but not working.pls give me the link o that i
can flash them and made them work ..pls help mee..plssssssss

126. Szabo Ferenc


12 December 2011 at 5:28 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-70486)
Dr.UFDv1.0.2.31 worked for me on Transend JF V60 4GB!
Thanks everyone! :)

127. Dipto
23 December 2011 at 1:02 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-74928)
THANK YOU ULTIMATE SOLUTION!!!

128. benny
30 December 2011 at 4:53 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-77876)
Tried pretty much every suggestion here and nothing worked :(
So i kept browsing around and found a guy on another forum who said to try a program
called Dr UFD
Link here : http://turbobit.net/1rhhcv1zsuos.html (http://turbobit.net/1rhhcv1zsuos.html)
I downloaded it and tried it and it finally fixed my Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB yay!!
Lost everything i had on it but at least i have a working USB stick again.
Here are a few tips for using the program because it seemingly did not work for me the
first time i tried it so do not give up too easily.
First if you are on windows 7, change the programs compatibility mode to Windows Vista
SP2 and run the program as administrator. Then click on Update.
It may be a bit slow and take a while but let the program finish. When it is finished it will
ask you to remove your USB stick. BE SURE TO REMOVE THE STICK AND INSERT IT INTO
A DIFFERENT SLOT THAN BEFORE.
Once it is plugged back in it should work like normal again!
Hopefully this fix will work for other people like me who tried everything suggested here
but failed. Good luck
thx a lot Feyy, u are genious :) problem solved

129. hrzndr
4 January 2012 at 4:10 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusable-

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@ siddharth. Super stick recovery tool worked when all other failed. Did not need to try
DRUFC. Thanks bro!!

130. Nohemi
5 January 2012 at 4:08 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-81795)
Ultimate Solution THANK YOU!!!! I tried several programs Dr.UFDv1.0.2.31, HP Forma
Tool. changing the name of the unit in windows, Linux Mint didnt recognize the USB
nothing
I tried twice your instruccions, first failed, second OK:
USB A-Data C802 8GB VID 048B PID 1167 so I was trying with the row with values A-Data
8 GB Software DtMPTool_V1.67B.11.0
And today I re read your instructions try to locate the entry that have same name(e.g
dt 101) so I downloaded the
MPTOOL_1.67.9.9 ( says 4GB doesnt matter)
and I got back the USB memory!
Right now Im using Recover My Files, it seems that some files can be restored
I didnt want to wait for that to say Thank You! so THANKSSS :)

131. Len
6 January 2012 at 10:35 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-82106)
THANK YOU Ashish Singh! The Transend JetFlash Recovery tool worked perfectly!

132. Gigi
15 January 2012 at 8:27 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-86597)
For Kingmax there is a recovery software: http://www.kingmax.com
/en_04_download.asp?usn=1 (http://www.kingmax.com/en_04_download.asp?usn=1)
Try browsing your manufacturer site, whatever the brand is. You should find it, unless its
a really no-name brand.

133. Gabriel
18 January 2012 at 5:18 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-88311)
I tried every software from your posts and ultimate solution too but still nothing i have a
kingston data traveler r500 16 Gb, and still no media and 0 bytesplease i hope
somebody have a clue on this awful problem

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134. ahmad
19 January 2012 at 2:09 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-88781)
ultimate worked for me
jetflash 8gb
thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanx

135. Angelo
20 January 2012 at 5:49 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-89521)
I followed the steps and diskpart shows me that encountered an error because of a I/O
device error

136. sajid
27 January 2012 at 11:43 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-90316)
wow the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool realy works for my kingston 16gb i tried a lot
of softwrs bt they didnt workdbt this one i realy like

137. BKS
28 January 2012 at 3:50 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-90322)
worked for my Transcend 8gb flash drive.
Thanksssssssssssss

138. Rodrigo (http://www.rodrigodamico.com.br)


7 February 2012 at 1:16 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-90770)
Hi,
I tried many solutions and failed. Before read till the end of the page, I tried (I have 1 note
with windows and another MacBook Pro) insert my pendrive sandisk in Mac. I openned
Disk Utility and clicked on repair button. This worked and now my windows 7 recognized
it. Cheers

139. Jonathan
8 February 2012 at 9:49 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-90785)
How many minutes does it takes for the u3 software to be installed on the drive

140. Sammi
10 February 2012 at 6:59 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-90885)
6-the site will show u a list, try to locate the entry that have same name(e.g dt 101)
and same chip vendor chip part number(located to the right of pid vid) returned from
chip gui program if applicable and locate same size(not very important the same chip
program can repair different sizes in most cases) when u find ur flash entry note the name
of the utilty to repair it in last column

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7- click the menu left of iflash


I dont understand this My flash is sandisk 8gb cruizer .After searching for it i found it
then what? the explanation is not clear.Please explain it in simple terms.Pleeaase!!

141. Miguel Luiz


12 February 2012 at 6:44 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-90942)
Hello
I had similar problem with my Silicon Power 4 Gb pen and solved with this software
found on Silicon Power web site.
http://www.silicon-power.com/support
/file/download_utf8.php?name=URescuev1.2.1.71(forSPCC_EraseAll) (http://www.siliconpower.com/support
/file/download_utf8.php?name=URescuev1.2.1.71(forSPCC_EraseAll)).7z&root=http:
//www.silicon-power.com/support/file/URescuev1.2.1.71(forSPCC_EraseAll).7z
I dont know if it works on other brands but it worths a try
Good luck

142. bhanu
12 February 2012 at 6:56 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-90943)
when i do the same i got the message in order to install the launch pad,download the
nccesary aactivex component. please make sure that your browser security settingd do
not block the doenload prompt. presss 5 to reload the page. wht to do now please help

143. sammi
13 February 2012 at 3:23 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-90994)
Bhanu just right click on the popup above then select allow activex components the
refresh.

144. Chetan
14 February 2012 at 5:27 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-91059)
One simple solution is change your usb cable

145. Markus
21 February 2012 at 7:49 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-91604)
nexxtech 8gb usb .. the jelly one that was on sale at the source for 10 bucks recently
anyways same shit ..please insert disk into drive E 0 bytes
tried
dr ufd ..no luck
superstick recovery .. no luck
hp recovery tool ..no luck
last attempt tried jet flash online recovery and voila drive is now working

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http://www.transcend-info.com/Products/online_recovery_2.asp?LangNo=0
(http://www.transcend-info.com/Products/online_recovery_2.asp?LangNo=0)
install run thats it .. hope it works for u guys

146. shue
28 February 2012 at 10:12 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-92724)
Hi.is any solution for kingston pen drive? i try everything but no luck

147. Hal Waish


7 March 2012 at 4:31 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-92801)
Feyy (79), thanks a million all the programs suggested didnt work for me, but DR UFD
recovered my flash disks even old ones that i discarded long time ago: those showing
write protect error and those with zero bytes ..no disk, please insert a new disk etc.
You can download DR UFD free from this link http://www.4shared.com/get/aVwlcL_k
/DrUFD_10235.html (http://www.4shared.com/get/aVwlcL_k/DrUFD_10235.html). (Just
copy it and paste in your URL)

148. Hal Waish


7 March 2012 at 4:47 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-92802)
.the only problem is that you will lose all data since your flash will be formated by Dr
UFD. But i better have back a formatted disk than buy a new one.

149. Karim
14 March 2012 at 8:46 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-92914)
At last Dr.UFD came to the rescue. Ive tried other methods..nothing works..:)

150. Melanie
15 March 2012 at 11:02 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-92929)
I found another tool on the Transcender website. RecoveryISP.that totally worked. I had
the drive back in seconds with all the files. Nowtime to teach a friend how to
CORRECTLY remove a flash drive from a pc.

151. S;adkam
15 March 2012 at 12:46 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-92942)
Dr.UFD helped me! tnx

152. madd
22 March 2012 at 12:11 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93001)

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Ultimate Solutions suggestion works perfectly without any flaws. I recommend you guys
out there who has tried everything possible to recover your pen drive but have failed to
give it a shot
I did and recovered my Transcend 2gb pen drive.
Good Luck!!!!!!!!

153. Sora
13 April 2012 at 9:32 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93473)
Thanks alot, I have save my 32GB pendrive ! (problem happen when I use one of pendrive
performance checking tools to test the write/read speed)

154. seven (http://myjseven.tumblr.com)


13 April 2012 at 10:26 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93474)
Dr.UFD says it cannot fix the device.
Any other tools or ways to fix my 32gb Imation Nano?
Kindly help. Thanx!

155. Srashid
15 April 2012 at 8:35 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93485)
None of the downloads worked for me. However what did work was a method someone
posted. on win7 go to start>right click on computer>manage>storage>disk
management.
Your drive should show up here. A format from here fixed my issue, after I deleted a
partition that was probably stopping it from working. But many thanks for the user who
posted this method and to the original author for beginning this helpful discussion.

156. The dude


17 April 2012 at 12:53 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93491)
@ 27. Khoi Thanks a lot dudeit worked. Got my Transcend pen drive up and running.

157. Omid
21 April 2012 at 12:55 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93502)
hi Ultimate Solution
i follow your instruction and i recover my 16GB flash to 7.8GB!!!
can you help me how can i restore my flash to 16GB?
Thanks

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158. puto
23 April 2012 at 11:00 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93523)
Thank you Feyy! And Thank you benny for your update!! Dr. UFD fixed my Maxell 16 gb.

159. MrWareWolf
11 May 2012 at 2:26 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93599)
1) Dont download RANDOM tools off the internet to try to solve your problem! It is not
safe, you could get a virus, and they probably wont work anyway.
2) The KingMax tool, while somewhat universal CANNOT work with ANY flash drive. This
is just NOT technically possible. You need a formatting tool that can PROPERLY address
your flashdrive firmware. An 8gb drive could have 2 x 4gb chips, or 4 x 2gb chips, these
may be technically different enough that a formatter for one will not work with another,
etcetra.
3) The HP repair tool might work for their products, but if you have transcend, corsair,
adata, or any other brand than HP it is VERY unlikely to work.
4) Go the manufacturer website for your flashdrive and download THEIR tool. Follow the
instructions for use explicitly, and be SURE you run the file as administrator (right click
the .exe they offer, and choose run as Pick the administrator account for your pc, give
the admin password, and then proceed with the instructions they provide for using their
tool properly.
I have an AData 8gb flash drive, and it was formatted partially (by me), making it useless.
When I visited the Adata website, I was prompted to enter the serial number from the usb
port, and then sent the tool to format my flashdrive back to factory settings. The serial
number was odd, and I had to try it a few times to get the digits it wanted me to input (in
my case the last 2 numbers were not used..strange, but whatever..). My first try went ok
until the end, when it gave an error code. So I ran it again, this time with run asadmin
and it worked fine. Moral of the story: dont try random stuff, and expect it to work, as
this is very unlikely to solve your issue & get the support you need from the people who
made the device, if you expect useful results. My flashdrive works fine again, and I hope
you all learn from my advice here.
p.s. If you dont know your admin password, you should reload your operating system,
and when it asks for the administrator password you want to use: make it a password you
will remember, as there will come a time when you will need it in the future.

160. Cacena
11 May 2012 at 2:54 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93600)
@harvey.. thanks for the post it really did me a great help.. Actually it took me less than
ten seconds, thanks

161. welldone
24 May 2012 at 6:45 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-93954)
@Ultimate Solution. . thnx bro, you rock! :D

162. MissComoEstas
1 June 2012 at 9:45 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-94059)
Hey guys. Will you please help me recover my 2GB Transcend flash drive with ALL the files
in it AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. They really are very important. I cant find the best solution

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for this. Please. THANKS!

163. cairell
9 June 2012 at 8:57 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-94249)
Ultimate Solution is ULTIMATE! thankx! ;)

164. uallyjoy
13 June 2012 at 2:16 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-94283)
thanks to ultimate finally it fixed my kingston 8gb data traveler,,,,

165. Ravi Kiran


19 June 2012 at 2:13 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-94588)
Thanks to ultimate solution.. Its the only one that helped me..
I have tried all the applications listed in above comments.. but only the ultimate solution
helped me..
Thank u very much.. Thank u sooooo much to the adviser..

166. Ajfar
22 June 2012 at 6:45 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-95031)
please help me to recover my 8gb kingston usb

167. Khairul
29 June 2012 at 8:31 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-95727)
An interesting post, after googling for about half minutes, i found this. Well my SanDisk
Cruzer 8Gb had a problems that i think not so differents with yours. I found this first time
while i downloaded some media files from a torrent provider websites, while
downloading my FD getting weird, their LED just pulsing and then undetected, then i do
remove and reinsert. Not too long after this, my FD cant formatted yet unreadables,
something interesting i founda while my FD can be accessed, there is a file called i
forgot its a DOS shortcut files. Which i suspect as a virus while my AVG detected it as
trojan. Then, i do use any such tools but didnt works, hopefully your answer can help me
a lot.

168. Spike
20 July 2012 at 9:40 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-97875)
Feyy: MANY MANY THANKS, Dr. UFD saved my Corsair Flash Survivor 16GB drive, it
works like a charm again :-)))
After many hours of playing with more than 10 programs i ran the Dr. UFD and in 2
minutes my drive was repaired :-)))

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169. manoj
21 July 2012 at 9:16 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-97942)
how trascend jet flash 330 8 gb can be recover.
in my computer when trying to access it is showing disk structure corrupted and
unreadable
when trying to format its showing disk is write protected .
transcencend online recovery tool is not dececting the drive

170. Polito
15 August 2012 at 10:29 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100415)
Hello!
Im trying to recover a flash thats in my mp3 sports player.
It shows the drive, but its not ready, no program worked, since the OS does not
recognizes it.
I tried the Ultimate Solution, but, for my utterly surprise, there was NO utility for my VID
and PID.
Should I quit to try?
Or there is another solution?
How do I make the OS access the flash?
Thanks!

171. Alberto
22 August 2012 at 9:57 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100483)
After more than 2 hours trying dozens of applications Dr.UFD 1.0.2.31 fix my unnamed
2GB pendrive !!!!!! xD. If youre running Windows 7 try Dr.UFD 1.0.2.35 instead of .31
version.

172. BobRombie
28 August 2012 at 12:56 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100525)
http://www.transcend-info.com/support/dlcenter
/ORT_Software.asp?Link=OnlineRecoveryV15.zip (http://www.transcend-info.com
/support/dlcenter/ORT_Software.asp?Link=OnlineRecoveryV15.zip)
For my transcend 16gb drive.

173. Nawab Sab


29 August 2012 at 1:33 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100528)
I have tried all of this, all softwares listed up here, but in the end got the same problem,
not detecting media, no media , insert flash, bla bla bla, for ultimate,,,, for vid pid there
was no utility software!!!!!!!!!!!! m on dead end, no software on manufacturer website,
my flash is kingstone dt 101/ g2 skymedi flash drive..m screwed .literally!!!!!! has
there any solution left????????????????????????????????? cz m so desperate now!!!!!!

174. Murebus
29 August 2012 at 7:00 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusable-

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Thanks transcend restored to a good shape thanks thanks

175. Ramius
30 August 2012 at 3:32 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100532)
YES, Ultimate Solution works!
You just have to keep trying, until you find a MP tool that works for your chip.

176. Anonymous
30 August 2012 at 7:06 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100538)
Thanks you very much Ultimate Solution.
Worked for me when I was already thinking I screwed up my usb pen.
Cheers.

177. Yudi
1 September 2012 at 1:20 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100548)
http://www.mydigitallife.info/reinstall-or-restore-u3-launchpad-software-into-usb-flashsmart-drive/ (http://www.mydigitallife.info/reinstall-or-restore-u3-launchpad-softwareinto-usb-flash-smart-drive/) u3launchpad for all disk companies

178. Yudi
1 September 2012 at 1:21 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100549)
since i had problem wid my 32gb kingston pen drive so imma tell u the kingston
u3launchpad http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical
/downloads?product=dtiu3&filename=U3update (http://www.kingston.com/us/support
/technical/downloads?product=dtiu3&filename=U3update)

179. maniaz
6 September 2012 at 8:38 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100586)
dr ufd version 35 gave me an error message: dr ufd is unable to repair ur device..contact
blah blah blahthe ultimate solution didnt work for me toomy flash isnt seen on my
computer..can see it in disk managment as no media n obytes.i cant change the drive or
format!..help guys

180. jamanz
8 September 2012 at 11:10 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100594)
have run into this problem with my 64g Patriot and was wondering if anyone has been
able to solve it, was unable to find any helpful info on there website

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181. Raj
14 September 2012 at 2:43 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100606)
Super Stick You saved me

182. Marwan
15 September 2012 at 5:21 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100609)
I have an eFortune USB 2GB flash memory card and I looked for S/W that suits it as a
manufacturer. I tried more than 14 programs besides Command & DiskPart on Windows
XP, Vista & 7 on 3 computers but there was no progress. By the way the computer reads it
as 10.9MB instead of 4GB??? Any help please.

183. Tomas
15 October 2012 at 3:29 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100680)
For my Corsair Flash Voyager 8 GB drive the Ultimate Solution above worked. I had to go
through many of the programs though until I found one that would recognize my chip.
I was hoping to recover the data that was on the usb drive but I was only able to do a
reformat, so be aware of this b4 you try the Ultimate Solution.
One thing, I cannot reformat the drive as NTFS now, only FAT32 or exFAT, any solution
for this?

184. sukhjit
5 December 2012 at 7:35 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-drive-unusableunformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100793)
My 2gb moserbaer usb driveis not getting detected by any device(pc or tab). I am not
even sure if its software or hardware problem . Can anybody help me with this problem.

185. Arrvin
9 December 2012 at 10:48 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100820)
Sensonic FD600 USB MEMORY BAR problem plz help me

186. Alan
12 December 2012 at 9:52 am (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100833)
After days of pulling whats left of my hair out, I have found another solution. I have
Samsung Kies installed in my computer, and after killing all the Kies processes, (in Task
Manager) the USB drive now shows up properly and operates normally, instead of giving
me the No media etc error. Simple answer was to either un-install Samsung Kies, or kill all
Kies processes prior to plugging in the USB drive.

187. from FAQ of Sandisk


12 December 2012 at 6:23 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-100836)
Note: This article is advanced troubleshooting for a rare condition wherein a flash drive

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stops getting recognized on a Windows computer, but is still working on other


computers. Please reference the following articles first before attempting the instructions
in this article.
Cruzer flash drive NOT detected by Windows PC
Cruzer flash drive could not be detected due to drive letter conflict
Computer cannot detect SDHC (4GB-32GB) memory card
A corrupt registry entry could cause your SanDisk product to not be detected by the
computer. Removing the registry keys created on installation of your SanDisk product
will allow the computer to fully reinstall the device and may resolve the issue.
STEP 1 Backup the registry
1. Unplug the device from the USB port.
2. Run regedit.
Windows XP: Go to Start > Run, type in regedit and then click OK.
Windows 7, 8 and Vista: Click the Start button, type regedit in the search box, and then
press Enter.
3. From the registry menu, choose File > Export.
4. Name the file SNDK.reg and save it to your desktop.
STEP 2 Remove SanDisk info from the registry
WARNING: DO NOT delete any registry key other than keys that include VID_0781.
Deleting registry keys other than keys that include VID_0781 MAY cause your computer
to not boot properly.
1. From the registry menu, click Edit and choose Find.
2. Type in VID_0781 and click Find Next.
3. Once the search finishes, right-click the highlighted registry key and select delete.
4. Press the F3 key to find the next registry key that includes VID_0781.
5. Right-click the highlighted registry key and select delete.
6. Repeat this process until the search returns with No results Found.
NOTE: Under Windows 7, 8 and Vista, some registry keys may be protected and cannot
be deleted. Simply skip over these keys if you receive a message that the key cannot be
deleted.
7. Once all registry keys containing VID_0781 have been deleted, reboot your computer.
8. Plug the device into the computer after its finished rebooting.

188. Roka Ezz


25 December 2012 at 3:54 pm (http://www.ardamis.com/2009/07/02/usb-driveunusable-unformattable-and-reporting-0-bytes-capacity/#comment-101810)
I tried most of these solutions .. but no way .. My usb is Kingston 8GB (DT101 G2) and
Win 7 OS .. When I plug it in .. Windows prompts that Ive to format it .. I click format .. It
prompts that windows cant format it .. When I try to open the drive .. it says no media ..
an error also showed before .. windows cant access

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