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Windows Powershell format a USB disk

Posted on 2014-01-14
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Can Anyone suggest a simple script to format a USB disk (quick format) where the disk is has a drive mapping of G:
This is to run on Microsoft Windows server 2008 R2

Thanks,

Roger
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Rainer Jeschor earned 500 total points
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Hi Roger,

please try this:
$drive = Get-WmiObject -Class win32_volume -Filter "DriveLetter = 'O:'"
$drive.Format("FAT32",$true,4096,"testFormat",$false)

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HTH
Rainer
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by:alcindor
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I forgot to mention that the windows server is running Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit  O/S.
Does this affect your suggested script ? Also I assume that I should I use -Filter "DriveLetter = 'G:' " and not 'O' as in your code suggestion ?

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Roger
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by:Rainer Jeschor
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Hi,
sorry I misread the drive letter. I tested the script on identical os
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by:alcindor
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I have tried the script but it doesn't seem to work. No error is indicated but Windows PowerShell returns the following:

__GENUS          : 2
__CLASS          : __PARAMETERS
__SUPERCLASS     :
__DYNASTY        : __PARAMETERS
__RELPATH        :
__PROPERTY_COUNT : 1
__DERIVATION     : {}
__SERVER         :
__NAMESPACE      :
__PATH           :
ReturnValue      : 15
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by:alcindor
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I have found out that 15 means cluster size too small. I tried 8192 and this worked OK, just returning a value of zero.

Thanks for your help - problem solved and points are yours.
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by:Rainer Jeschor
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Hi Roger,
hm, according to MSDN documentation, return code 15 means:
Cluster size is too small
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa390432(v=vs.85).aspx

What kind of USB stick is it? What size?
What is the current format (eg using the following PS command or Windows Explorer drive properties)?
$drive = Get-WmiObject -Class win32_volume -Filter "DriveLetter = 'L:'"
$drive

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Can you format it through Windows Explorer?

Thanks.
Rainer
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by:Rainer Jeschor
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OK, glad that it worked
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In answer to your question, it is a DELL 320 GB removable hard disk RD1000.
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