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  1.    6 Hours Ago #71
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    That flash drive has worked perfectly for months and now it won't even format. I think I destroyed it with diskpart.... I've tried it in several computers and it can't be read in any of them. I'll try again in a few days and see if it magically starts working but I'm not holding my breath.

    On the positive side, I've reinstalled Windows on my brother's computer and it's updated it to version 1709. I don't see any obvious problems and the install went *much* faster than I've ever seen a Windows install go before; it was so fast that I thought something was wrong. But it looks okay. There's only one odd thing which suggests the erase did not clear *everything* away. His background picture for his desktop, which is a photograph he took himself, is back. Shouldn't he have lost that during the erasure of the hard drive? Or does Microsoft magically save it to the cloud somewhere, filed under his MAC address or something of that kind? I don't know whether to be concerned....
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  2.    6 Hours Ago #72
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    NW Florida
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider

    If he uses a Microsoft account and Sync Settings is turned on, that's what it does.
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  3.    5 Hours Ago #73
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Quote Originally Posted by RhinoCan View Post
    That flash drive has worked perfectly for months and now it won't even format. I think I destroyed it with diskpart....
    It just needs a partition created on it, then you can format it. You can do that with Diskpart or (probably safer, with your track record ) Disk Management.

    Run Disk Management and you'll see the USB drive listed as 'unallocated'. Right-click on the unallocated space and select 'New Simple Volume' to create and format a new partition.
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  4.    4 Hours Ago #74
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
    If he uses a Microsoft account and Sync Settings is turned on, that's what it does.
    Does that also account for his Edge bookmarks still being there? I was quite surprised when he told me that the bookmarks hadn't been lost. It's a good surprise, as long as doesn't undermine our belief that the hard drive was erased.

    For what it's worth, I used File Explorer to look at the top level folders in Windows and all of them are dated September 29, 2017 or today. That implies that there are no files lingering from previously; I'm guessing that Sept 29 was when the Creators Update was finalized....
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  5.    4 Hours Ago #75
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    It just needs a partition created on it, then you can format it. You can do that with Diskpart or (probably safer, with your track record ) Disk Management.

    Run Disk Management and you'll see the USB drive listed as 'unallocated'. Right-click on the unallocated space and select 'New Simple Volume' to create and format a new partition.
    Thank you! That worked perfectly! My flash drive is functional again :-)
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