Go to my computer and open it, and you should see the Flash Drive. Right click on it, and from the dropdown menu select format.. (It will be FAT 32)
As I am not familiar with your exact make of drive, check that IF it has a tiny slide protect switch on the side. If it has, try formatting it, if it won't, push the switch forward or back and it shouild then format.
As you do not give details of your computer, I cannot give further instruction for a your O/s.
If it's XP the drive should be recognised automatically, but if its Win98, it will need you to install the driver you got with it on the CD supplied.
Windows Xp automatically detects the usb2 pen-drive. Try this: Disconnect the usb2 pendrive and restart the computer, and when it is back to the desktop. Insert the usb plug into the usb socket on the computer, and it will give a message that it has detected the drive. If it does not do this, Try another usb port , do the same again and plug it into the second port.
You still have not given details of your computer, you state only that you have XP .what are the specs of your computer. Motherboard, Processor, etc...is there any other hardware working on usb, ie printers etc.
try this first...is it a PC or a Laptop
If it does not work. Further instructions are for you to go into the Control panel, and click on System icon, then select Hardware, then open Device Manager, and with the usb pendrive plugged in you will see if it is recognised in the Usb Devices.
I have had the same problem with a data traveller 2.0 512mb drive (blue side grips) When I contacted kingston technical support for USA/Can 1 (800) 435-0640 I was told these symptons, paticularly the non-formatable issue, indicates that the device has failed.
The good news is if you contact them there is a good chance the device is under warranty.
(5 years on most USB Drives) so if you contact them
(kingston.com/support or kingston.com/company/warranty.asp)
you will likely be able to get an RMA request for replacement
I have also had a similar problem. I was given a flash drive after someone removed it without clicking 'Safely Remove Hardware' in the systray before he pulled it out. Now it's read only and the computer thinks it's write protected but it has no write-protect switch. I tried formatting utilities but they were all brand-specific and this drive is a generic one with an advertising logo on the side.
Does anyone have any ideas how I could format this drive so that it will work again?
I use Windows XP Professional, SP2
I have had three drives (Memorex, Sandisk and Centon) die in a similar way... I think I am pulling them out when they are being written to (I.e. without using the safely remove hardware tool in the system tray because the machine has locked up or otherwise blue screened (thanks Bill))... end result is the device claims a write protect switch is on when in fact the device has no physical write protect switch. Data on the device can not be deleted. New data can not be written to the device. Data on the device can be read. If you try to reformat, you get a writeprotected error and now you can no longer read the data on the device.
I am running Windows XP Service Pack 2, so this description applies only in that environment.
Centon's tech support suggested doing the following...
Under Storage in the left panel, click on Disk Management, wait a minute for Windows to do whatever it is doing,......
Locate the data stick/thumb drive/whatever-you-want-to-call it, in the right top windowand click on it.
in the popup, click on "Delete Partition" -- make darn sure you are doing this to the RIGHT drive!!!!!
Right click again, and choose "Create Partition" (or was it format, I forget maybe it was both).
Now I had a working Centon device again
Too bad I RMA'ed the Sandisk and Memorex drives.. that cost them money they did not need to spend.
Note that this procedure will cause the erasure of all information you have on the device, so kiss your data good bye! but it beats waiting for a RMA to go through and come back.
Have you read my posts here, particulary the first one suggesting to look to see if the "write protect SWITCH is on".(on the side of the drive).it is one of the first things to check....it is very tiny on some of them.
Go to my computer, find the pen icon, right click on it. then in properties select "format", , and if the switch is in the protect setting it will tell you it is WRITE PROTECTED....then use the switch
Hope this helps...it worked for Charmaine here on this Post.
Unfortunately there is no write protect switch. I don't think this is related to my computers which are both Dell with XP. It happens with both (I use it to bring data from one at the office to one at home)
I bought a Kingston KUSB/512 recently, I want to use it on Windows 98SE but the drivers provided at the Kingston website are not helping me at all. Anybody please help me on this. Are there other drivers i could use?
Thanks in advance
Had the same problem with my flash drive/mp3 player(JNC 128 MB).I was smashing my head against the monitor trying to figure out why the damn thing was acting up and realised(after an hour of frustration) that my
hold switch was activated. this is similar to the write protect switch on normal flash drives. just switch it off, disconnect and reconnect ur flash drive and TADAAA!!!!