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#1 slumdogtrillionaire

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:32

kingston data traveler 8gb.. was using ubuntu to create a multiOS boot pendrive.. it installed grub4dos on the pendrive... something went wrong and the pendrive is not showing up anymore in partition softwares..

in windows the drive shows up in my computer and device manager... but you cant really do anything with it...

is this recoverable or throw in the bin?


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:36

Delete the partition in Disk Management > Create new partition > format

Or use a partition manager like Mini Tool Partition Wizard, I use that for deleting linux partitions on flash drives

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:39

You can usually download some special software from the manufacturer's website, that will restore it to the way it was.

Unless it is mechanically fubared.

#4 OP slumdogtrillionaire

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:40

Delete the partition in Disk Management > Create new partition > format

Or use a partition manager like Mini Tool Partition Wizard, I use that for deleting linux partitions on flash drives


it doesnt show any partition... the corrupt mbr makes the pendrive identify itself as Generic manufacturer in linux when i use dmesg command... nothing else...

You can usually download some special software from the manufacturer's website, that will restore it to the way it was.

Unless it is mechanically fubared.


i looked transcend seems to have a recovery software... kingston.. not so much.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:41

Have you, by chance, tried gparted?

#6 OP slumdogtrillionaire

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:41

Have you, by chance, tried gparted?


yes it doesnt even show up in it.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:42

it doesnt show any partition... the corrupt mbr makes the pendrive identify itself as Generic manufacturer in linux when i use dmesg command... nothing else...


Try Mini Tool Partition Wizard in windows
http://www.majorgeek...tion_d6175.html

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:43

i think i need a way to flash the microcontroller of the pendrive... that seems to be corrupt.

Try Mini Tool Partition Wizard in windows
http://www.majorgeek...tion_d6175.html


looking

i think i need a way to flash the microcontroller of the pendrive... that seems to be corrupt.



looking


i used paragon partition manager.. it didnt detect the pendrive.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:45

Then, if it shows under Windows, may want to try this (CLI freeware version):
http://firesage.com/mbrwizard.php?x=5 and wipe MBR. I've used it several times, when no formatting helps.

Or any other tool (like Mini Tool Partition Wizard above) that can wipe/rebuild MBR.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:49

Then, if it shows under Windows, may want to try this (CLI freeware version):
http://firesage.com/mbrwizard.php?x=5 and wipe MBR. I've used it several times, when no formatting helps.

Or any other tool (like Mini Tool Partition Wizard above) that can wipe/rebuild MBR.


i tried using disk part under windows... the disk is not listed at all... selecting is the next step... but the prior step is incomplete... no detection in dos..

was trying to use this as well http://www.pendrivel...-key-partition/

but it doesnt show up in the drop down menu..

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:53

Try using win32diskimager - I forget the exact description, but it can write to a device directly vs seeing it as a drive, something along those lines, grab a small Linux ISO/IMG to write to it

http://sourceforge.n...in32diskimager/

#12 OP slumdogtrillionaire

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 18:57

Try using win32diskimager - I forget the exact description, but it can write to a device directly vs seeing it as a drive, something along those lines, grab a small Linux ISO/IMG to write to it

http://sourceforge.n...in32diskimager/


thanks ill have a look...

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 19:21

If the other applications do not work, I know with 100% certainty that BOOTICE will restore your MBR.

#14 sc302

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 19:42

I have a pen drive repair executable, it repairs pen drives that are found in dev managment but not by disk managment. I use that in conjunction with the hp usb format utility to bring dead drives back to life. .

I think this is the repair utility I downloaded, the file size seems right, edit: verified it is the same one.
http://www.mediafire...2kpxnoep835dak4

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:08

If the other applications do not work, I know with 100% certainty that BOOTICE will restore your MBR.

I have a pen drive repair executable, it repairs pen drives that are found in dev managment but not by disk managment. I use that in conjunction with the hp usb format utility to bring dead drives back to life. .

I think this is the repair utility I downloaded, the file size seems right, edit: verified it is the same one.
http://www.mediafire...2kpxnoep835dak4


both are great softwares but this pendrive seems to have breathed its last... will have it exchanged.. comes with 5 yr warranty hope this is covered under it..
thanks guys.



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