I debated on actually posting this little tool or not but I figured if I had to look around for an easy solution, it was probably worth the time for me to share what I did. Formatting a USB stick is a pretty basic task most days but with technology, sometimes it doesn’t work as intended.
I had a few USB sticks laying around and I stuck them in my home lab machines to play with. I installed ESXi 5.1 to them and all went well. Then I decided I wanted to use them inside my Windows box. I plugged them in and I was unable to format them within Disk Management. I just kept getting: “The system cannot find the file specified” error. I knew the USB stick worked just fine and it just needed to be reformatted. I tried everything.
I stumbled into a tool called “HDDGuru HDDWipe Tool” which is a Windows utility and is a freeware utility for low-level hard disk drive erasing.
- Supported interfaces: S-ATA (SATA), IDE (E-IDE), SCSI, USB, FIREWIRE. Big drives (LBA-48) are supported.
- Supported Manufacturers: Maxtor, Hitachi, Seagate, Samsung, Toshiba, Fujitsu, IBM, Quantum, Western Digital.
- The program also supports low-level erasing of FLASH cards using a card-reader.
It fixed my issue and my USB stick was able to be reformatted without the need of a Linux LiveCD. Hope this helps if you ever run into that issue.