Flash drive not working

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  1. djstarrock macrumors 6502a

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    Hi I have a flash drive but I can't erase it its all blanked. I tried it in windows and it said it was write protected.
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Have you tried using Disk Utility? Does it appear in Disk Utility?
     
  3. djstarrock thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea it appears in disk utilty and desktop the problem is that I can't erase it in Disk Utility all the option in erase tab is blanked out.
     
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    Have you tried going to the partition tab in Disk Utility and then setting the Volume Scheme to 1 partition and then clicking partition?
     
  5. djstarrock thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can't click partion button its blanked out.
     
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    Can you verify the flash drive in Disk Utility? If so, does it pass verification?
     
  7. djstarrock thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It says
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Unless you have a physical write protect switch on the drive, or you have used some software to password protect the drive, then you probably have a dead drive on your hands.

    What does the owner's manual say? Did the drive come with any software? Did you reformat it at one time?
     
  9. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Try repairing the flash drive to see if that works. And as CanadaRAM said, check to see if you have a physical write switch on the flash drive. I turned the switch on my flash drive on and I got the same symptoms as you did.
     
  10. djstarrock thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope its not on phiscal lock and I can't repair disk.
     
  11. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Sounds like you need to call the manufacturer and ask for a replacement :(.
     
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