Format Read Only USB FLash Drive

i have a Microsoft Kingston 16 GB flash drive which i would like to format.

Simple, right. I have tried Gparted, Acronis Disk Director, Paragon Hard Drive Manager, Active Boot Disk.

None have been able to format this USB Drive.

It is a Windows 8 Pro System Recovery Flash Drive by Hewlett Packard.

I would really like to solve this mystery.  USB-Flash-Drive.JPG
Edited out an illegal CD.

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icdl101Asked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Does the USB stick habe any button which enables write mode?
Habe you tried to format it on different PC?
Check this article: http://www.pacebutler.com/blog/how-to-make-usb-storage-device-read-only/
Though it explains how to make a drive read only you can try the process backwards.
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rindiCommented:
Some sticks could have a mechanical switch somewhere on the stick that makes it read only. So just make sure yours doesn't have that.

I usually use the tool "Winsetup from USB" to format sticks. It normally works fine:

http://www.winsetupfromusb.com/downloads/

Some manufacturers of USB sticks also have  format utility for download.

An issue could be that some USB sticks, when they go bad, turn into "read-only". If that is the case, nothing much can be done.
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dbruntonCommented:
Also try Rufus https://rufus.akeo.ie/
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nobusCommented:
these sticks do NOT have a read/write switch  -i have 4 of them before me
it does not have a drive letter, so if you right click on the drive, what options does it give you?

if possible -use initialise, or change drive path
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icdl101Author Commented:
Right click  all options are greyed out. Except for properties.
It does have drive letter on other pcs except on my laptop, but the results are the same.

Already had tried Rufus and WinSetup from USB  before and failed.
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nobusCommented:
try it on other pc's, and other USB ports
also - does it appear in device manager?
any errors there?  - maybe best post a screenshot of DM
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rindiCommented:
Then it has probably gone bad and turned to read only because of that. Get a new stick.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Have you tried the steps from my link?
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marsiliesCommented:
Whenever I get a drive with funky partition layout and formatting and such, I use the "clean" command in diskpart to wipe out the partition table. Then Windows and other tools typically are able to create and edit the partitions and formatting on the drive again.

See here for how to run the diskpart clean command:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/52129-disk-clean-clean-all-diskpart-command.html
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nobusCommented:
icdl101 how are things going?
any results, or feedback?
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icdl101Author Commented:
Guys i have tried all the suggestions and no positive results.
Even Diskpart Clean command returns: "the media is write Protected"

I will just forget about this Flash Drive and toss it in the bin.

I really appreciate  the time and effort contributed from all experts and i will share out points to all who have contributed.
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