[SOLVED] How to format the USB that comes with the boxed USB Windows installer?

Ralston18

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Unfortunately there may be nothing you can do and per the last link (mydigitallife) that you provided then the final post (DaveM121, April 23, 2018) very much sums things up.

It would be nice to be able to reuse that USB drive and avoid the e-waste.

However, 8 GB (if indeed the USB drive is 8 GB) is not that much storage in today's terms.

And it is also likely that that USB drive was made as cheaply as possible and probably not to be trusted for either short term or long term storage other than in some "expendable" manner. But that remains moot.

Using the USB drive to reinstall some older version (?) of Windows is likely to be very problematic as well. Even if a successful installation there performance may suffer and there could be any number of updating issues.

What you can do:

https://promotionaldrives.com/blog/recycle-flash-drive/#:~:text=Send to Waste Recycling Programs,t recycle it for you.

You are, at present, pretty much being forced down to "Best way #7" and "Best way #10" is certainly not viable.

The other "Best ways" - are simply a matter of personal thought and somewhat artistic choices.

My suggestion is #11.
 

Ralston18

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Just for the record: Why do you want to format the USB?

Make, model, capacity of the USB drive?

I can see the attributes in your imgur image.

However, what error messages, pop-up windows, or prompts do you get when you actually attempt to format the USB drive?
 

erik62905

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Just for the record: Why do you want to format the USB?

Make, model, capacity of the USB drive?

I can see the attributes in your imgur image.

However, what error messages, pop-up windows, or prompts do you get when you actually attempt to format the USB drive?
Sorry for the delay, I kinda forgot I posted this.

When I looked up the model number on the USB it came up with a thread on Microsoft support and two people said the drive is strongly encrypted and cannot be wiped. Thanks for manufacturing e-waste, Microsoft. https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/updating-windows-10-usb-drive/94ebe560-c25a-41a4-8388-1026f8b0999a?page=2

A different thread said the drive might be able to be formatted if I were to flash new firmware on it to get around the write protection, but I really don't think that's worth the effort.
https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/remove-write-protection-from-windows-10-usb.78458/
 

Ralston18

Titan
Moderator
Unfortunately there may be nothing you can do and per the last link (mydigitallife) that you provided then the final post (DaveM121, April 23, 2018) very much sums things up.

It would be nice to be able to reuse that USB drive and avoid the e-waste.

However, 8 GB (if indeed the USB drive is 8 GB) is not that much storage in today's terms.

And it is also likely that that USB drive was made as cheaply as possible and probably not to be trusted for either short term or long term storage other than in some "expendable" manner. But that remains moot.

Using the USB drive to reinstall some older version (?) of Windows is likely to be very problematic as well. Even if a successful installation there performance may suffer and there could be any number of updating issues.

What you can do:

https://promotionaldrives.com/blog/recycle-flash-drive/#:~:text=Send to Waste Recycling Programs,t recycle it for you.

You are, at present, pretty much being forced down to "Best way #7" and "Best way #10" is certainly not viable.

The other "Best ways" - are simply a matter of personal thought and somewhat artistic choices.

My suggestion is #11.
 

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