I just messed up my sandisk cruzer pretty bad and i'm not sure how to fix it. I was attempting to "shred" the unused space on the flash drive using restoration (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html). As this was happening I noticed programs I had running from the drive stopped working and files started to disappear. As soon as this happened I disconnected the drive in an attempt to save anything I could. What I think probably happened: Restoration was made to clean NTFS partitions, and the drive was FAT32. I would format the drive but if I try to open my computer to get to the menu the computer freezes (no matter which computer I try it on). I had (most of) the data on the drive backed up, so I don't care so much about trying to save any of it. I'd just like to get the drive formatted and working again. Any ideas?
Windows Explorer hangs if you have a corrupted drive plugged in.
1. Plug it in
2. Bring up Computer Management (usually in Administrative Tools off the Control Panel or Start Menu somewhere)
3. Under storage, click disk management
4. Right-click and format
If that doesn't work (don't know how the logical disk manager handles corrupted drives) just do use the format command at the command prompt.
Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!
Computer management read the drive as healthy and froze. The command line format worked though. Thank you!