just brew it! wrote:I believe I read somewhere that some flash drives will write protect themselves if they believe the flash chips are wearing out, to prevent corruption of existing data.
I'd copy off any data you need, and chuck it in the trash (or smash it with a hammer if any of the data is potentially sensitive).
8GB thumb drives are entering the realm of "$5 impulse buy item in a bin at the checkout counter of your local office supply store"... you've already expended more effort than the device is worth.
HorseIicious wrote:Thanks for the info, that's interesting, makes sense. And yeah I know they are cheap now, but it wasn't about the cost of replacing it - it was just the matter of not understanding why the he...ck I couldn't format the thing.
Arvald wrote:hehe... I get the same kind of thing with Friends and Family trying to get me to fix 80-500GB hard drives. you are at the under $50 mark... replace it.
How much is your time worth?
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