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Patriot 16GB USB 3.0 Drive - corrupt and Read Only {solved}

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Guest LilBambi

I have a wonderful Patriot 16GB USB 3.0 drive that suddenly decided to puke on me.


It was not working right on any type of computer; corrupted data and read only. You could see nothing even if it was viewable. And you couldn't even reformat it because EVERYTHING including Linux thought it was read only.


I did some searching around and the first result in a Google search had the answer:


Patriot Axle 16gb, "write protected" "corrupt"


In that topic on the Patriot Forums, this is the thing that worked for me:


Can you please see if our low level format/reset tool will restore the drive for normal use? Please give it a try. Please note that the formatter must be done on a PC. You can extract it to the desktop and run it from there.


Here is the link to the formatter:



Thanks you Patriot Forums' Patriot_Ben! Would have hated to lose that wonderful 16GB Drive!


So far so good. I have reformatted it three times and am in the process of copying all the stuff I had on it before.


I just hope it does not mean that the chip is starting to fail....

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Same thing happened with a 16$ 64gb Intenso . usb drive . The distributor got so many of them back they discontinued the line.

I was stumped . so brought it to the Nephew . He d/loaded the kicker and installed it write protect. From his PC. Its perfect now filled and emptied with lotsa movies regularly. . But **no format*

no way . Just delete files only ==/dev/null.

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If I can't format it safely, it's of no use to me. I had to test it with format. I use this on other people's computers and you just never know when you will need to use Linux to remove the partition and reformat it.


I don't use it on known bad computers, but there are some where I didn't realize they had a problem and before i use it anywhere else, it's wiped in Linux ... partition and formatting.


Haven't had to do it very often but you just never know...


I usually use CDs and DVDs to work on sick computers though.

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Guest LilBambi

So glad others have found these low level formatters work for them too.


What make was yours Capt.Crow, Intenso? Never heard of it. But I also got a general formatter that can be used for others from that forum topic as well.

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