USB key broken??

  1. Posts : 481
    Windows 10 Pro

    USB key broken??

    I have an USB-key I'm using as emegency boot drive with Acronis. I have now a new version of Acronis, and I then wants to make a new boot-key. But I can't delete the old one ... not even in diskpart! In this picture it is disk no 3
    USB key broken??-disk.jpg

    When selecting "Rescue media builder" in Acronis, this USB-key is not showing up. In windows I can make a partition on it, and copy files to it, but nomatter what I do, the usb-key won't show up, and diskpart will not clean it.
    In event viewer I got this message:

    The sectors on disk \\? \ PhysicalDrive3 cannot be reset. Error code: 5 @ 0101000F

    Is the key toasted, or can it be saved?
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  2. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526

    try opening in disk management (yeah I know folks are moving away from it using diskpart)
    select the usb disk and delete the partitions on it and rebuild a new one and format it
    fat 32.
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  3. Posts : 481
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    I have tried that, but that don't work. I can delete the partition, and create a new partition, but now it cannot be formatted anymore, so I guess the USB-key is FUBAR. Can't assign a driveletter and can't format it.

    USB key broken??-image.png
    This is the error I got from trying to formatting or assigning a drive letter.
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  4. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526

    Well they aren't exactly noted for long life which is why they are so cheap.
    Best you get another and toss it.
    At their cost they aren't really worth the time and pain to repair.
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  5. Posts : 481
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    No, but I will have a hard time finding a cheap small USB-key as fast (reading) as this one is --- I mean WAS of course.

    But then again even the pyramids will some day be gone
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  6. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526

    well, you could try mini partition tool and see if you can repair it.
    no guarantees
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  7. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708

    I tried an experiment: made a rescue USB drive using Acronis True Image 2020.

    I was able to reformat the rescue drive normally from Windows. That suggests that TI doesn't do anything special to the rescue device.

    I'd guess that you old 2GB drive has failed.

    There is no need to look for another drive that small. Finding a fast one requires luck. I have slow drives with a USB 3.0 interface, and fairly fast ones that are USB 2.0.

    USB thumb drives are quite cheap in the US. I hope that they aren't a lot worse in Denmark.
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  8. Posts : 5,025
    Windows 10/11 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.

    @bobkn is correct.

    They are cheap, so be careful about poor quality USB sticks.

    Go with Samsung, SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, etc.

    BTW - this is good practice:

    3 Ways to Remove a Flash Drive from a Windows 10 Computer

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  9. Posts : 481
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Well, it was a Sandisk USB-pen. I do have two really fast ones Robot Check , but they are expencives (and they are 32Gbyte and 64 Gbyte, and that space is absolutely not required for a rescue media).
    I will try and look around to see what I can find
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