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Refomat a USB drive

I successfully formatted a USB flash as a boot disk for my PC desktop that was downed by a virus.  The virus is removed from the hard drive.  Windows 98 reformated the disk, but I need to run a program through the USB drive in order to fix the E drive operation.  I get an error that the E drive partition is incorrectly labeled (or may be) as non-LBA.

I want to use the same USB SanDisk Cruizer to try to fix the problem, probably with Parted Magic or Knoppix.  The programs were recommended here and were useful in repairing a partition of a hard drive.

The problem is that the USB stick will not boot the PC now.  I need to reformat the USB to use as it was before I put a special boot disk on it.  I've erased the drive and also reformatted and tried to boot with Unbootin but this was not successful. How can I return the USB SanDisk to install these utilities?
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Krzysztof Pytko

Try using DISKPART tool. In your Windows XP type in command-line

list disk

review which number is your pendrive and then type

select disk <number>
create partition primary

and format it under Windows


Try this using Windows 7:

list disk
select disk #
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs quick
assign letter=Z

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The download for USB storage format worked great.  I have Parted Magic running, but not sure if this will fix the error reported on the E drive.  

I was trying to install Windows 98 as the initial OS, however, I use an XP installation over that.  I want to get them both running again.  The hardware is not that old.  Im not sure if the error refers to the drive issue of the CD ROMdrive or the CD.  Sometimes the Drive letters are progressed one, so could that be the case here?

I will try Knoppix.  would Clonzilla be helpful here?

Hello Shoshana23,

Thank you and good hunting.