The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 October 2007

How I killed a USB drive

Actually, I don't know how I killed it, but it's definitely dead. (This is not one of those no-moving-parts "drives" that uses flash memory; this is a real spinning drive, albeit teensy.) [Warning: linked site may emit horrid noises.]

Maybe I just had too much activity going at once. I was processing a stack of forty, fifty MP3 files, which I was going to copy to another machine not on my network, and both the application and the Explorer window crapped out on me, more or less simultaneously. The application is intact, but the drive is now considered to be diskless: it's recognized as a drive, but any attempt to use a disk utility is met with "No disk in drive J:" and/or "Please insert disk into drive J:", neither of which is exactly practicable.

I dashed off a tech-support request, which I expect will be answered, if it's answered at all, with "Bury it, deep."

Posted at 6:38 PM to PEBKAC

Lost the directory/partition table? Do the docs give any kind of formatting procedure?

Posted by: Old Grouch at 12:00 PM on 8 October 2007

Not in the least. There's nothing I desperately need on there, but it's the principle of the thing.

Posted by: CGHill at 12:23 PM on 8 October 2007

I'd try it in another machine before doing anything destructive on it. I've had machines do that in the past and had to delete some usb devices for a rebuild before they functioned correctly.

Posted by: Joe at 1:25 PM on 8 October 2007

It's dead, Jim.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:21 PM on 8 October 2007
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