Professional cleaning: what's involved?

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  1. Posts : 12,725
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       #61

    List disk command lists hard drives, not partitions. The smaller one should be your USB Flash drive. Disk 0 at 929 GB should be your main hard drive.
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  2. Posts : 284
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #62

    essenbe said:
    List disk command lists hard drives, not partitions. The smaller one should be your USB Flash drive. Disk 0 at 929 GB should be your main hard drive.
    I know that. I was silently wondering if he's wiping his install media by mistake. Will diskpart let you do that?
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  3. Posts : 206
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       #63

    vram said:
    I know that. I was silently wondering if he's wiping his install media by mistake. Will diskpart let you do that?
    Diskpart finished cleaning Disk 1 without errors. I selected Disk 0 and started cleaning that one half an hour ago. If I have to create a fresh copy of the install media, I will find the tutorial again and do so. That should solve the problem if I have inadvertently erased the install media, right?
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  4. Posts : 284
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #64

    Yes
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  5. Posts : 12,725
    Windows 11 Pro
       #65

    vram said:
    I know that. I was silently wondering if he's wiping his install media by mistake. Will diskpart let you do that?
    I really don't know, I've never tried. But you are asking it to erase itself. I'm not sure if that's possible The only way I can think of is if it is running in ram. Maybe, it could do it that way.
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  6. Posts : 206
    Windows 10
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       #66

    The second disk cleaning is done now, much sooner than I expected. The "list disk" command now says there is just one disk, Disk 0, now. The status is Online and the size is 931 GB; free is also 931 GB.

    It looks like I did indeed wipe the flash drive; when I try to read it in my laptop, it tells me it needs to be formatted. I'm going to re-create the installation media, reconnect the ethernet, and run the install.

    Maybe I'll have this desktop back to fully-working condition before I go to bed tonight!
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  7. Posts : 206
    Windows 10
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       #67

    Another hitch!

    I'm trying to recreate the installation media on the same flash drive it was on before I wiped it but my laptop doesn't see the flash drive. I can't format it either; I fill in the options (FAT32) and uncheck Quick Format, it starts the format, then immediately stops and says it can't proceed. The format doesn't see the capacity of the flash drive so I'm guessing that's the issue? Anyway, I could use a different flash drive but I need to know how to get *this* one reformatted because it belongs to a friend and I have to give it back to her in a few weeks. So I might as well reformat *this* flash drive and then use it to install Win 10 on my brother's desktop, then simply erase the files from the flash drive in the normal way.

    So how do I reformat the flash drive so Windows can use it again?
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  8. Posts : 12,725
    Windows 11 Pro
       #68

    Have you tried the quick format? That's usually quicker and faster. It's also all you really need anyway. Flash drives are not the most durable drives though.
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  9. Posts : 206
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #69

    When I put the blank flash drive in the laptop, it says "Please insert a disk into USB Drive (E:)". The only button I've got on the dialog is cancel. The LED on the flash drive blinks constantly. I have a constant hourglass in File Explorer.

    Have I actually trashed this flash drive so that it can't be reformatted and needs to be replaced?
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  10. Posts : 12,725
    Windows 11 Pro
       #70

    It sort of sounds like it to me. However, I doubt you did it. It was just time. You may want to try it again in a day or so. It may work. I had one the computer wouldn't recognize this week. A couple of days later, it worked just fine. I have no clue why.
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