Linux – the best way to completely reformat an USB stick?


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I have an 8GB PQI USB stick, which has been giving me a hard time lately. Sometimes a file can't be read, other times uploading files to it gets stuck.

I was thinking about reformatting it completely, probably even erase the partition and create it from scratch?

I have Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.04 available. What should I do with the USB stick to "restart" its life?

Best Answer

How old is the stick, and how much do you write to it? It's entirely possible that the memory cells are exhausted and failing.

From Win 7 I'd just try a full format. If that doesn't help, it's time to throw it out and buy a new one.

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