WARNING: This process will delete any information that is currently stored on the USB key. Proceed with caution!
Restoring your USB key to it’s original state via Windows:
- Download the HP USB Format tool
- Run the USB Format tool. Select your Device from the list, select your File system type, and click Start to format the drive:
- That’s it, your USB flash drive should now be formatted in a singular partition just as it was from the factory
Restoring your USB key to it’s original state using Linux Ubuntu:
A. First we need to delete the old partitions that remain on the USB key.
- Open a terminal and type
and note your USB drive letter.
(replacing x with your drive letter)
to proceed to delete a partition
to select the 1st partition and press enter
to proceed to delete another partition (fdisk should automatically select the second partition)
B. Next we need to create the new partition.
to make a new partition
to make this partition primary and press enter
to make this the first partition and then press enter
- Press enter to accept the default first cylinder
- Press enter again to accept the default last cylinder
to write the new partition information to the USB key
C. The last step is to create the fat filesystem.
mkfs.vfat -F 16 /dev/sdx1
That’s it, you should now have a restored USB key with a single fat 16 partition that can be read from any computer.