I just bought a USB flash stick (256mb), the brand is “CosKin” but they’re probably some little asian brand… Bought from a Darty outlet in France.
It showed up fine, but when I tried to put files on it the little light went into hyperventilation and the PC froze up. Finally, I decided that as there was 0bytes used on the drive according to MS explorer, it might need formatting. I told it to format, and the bar went to 100% in about 20secs, but the light was still flashing. I got bored and pulled it out.
So, now it shows to be an 8meg drive formatted as RAW, and every time I click on it it asks to be formatted. Of course, this doesnt work. When I view its disk usage, it says 0bytes of 0bytes.
After searching on the net for hours, it seems no-one in the world has ever had this problem. The general solution, though, is to format its MBR and then reformat it. Of course, to do this you use FDISK /MBR or /CMBR, in Dos. But flash sticks are USB and dont work in Dos.
Any ideas? (I tried doing it in puppy linux too, but that didnt seem to work either.)