Useless USB stick after backup

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Alex
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Re: Useless USB stick after backup

Post by Alex » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:25 pm

Maybe the stick just coincidentally broke during backup. Like I wrote, the backup function doesn't write data to the USB drive. This software has been downloaded over 1,000,000 times and this is the first time I have heard of this problem. I strongly doubt it's a software bug. I've written USB Image Tool in my free time beside my regular job and I'm offering it here for free. I'm not very happy about getting blamed in this way and tone.

trancedman
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Re: Useless USB stick after backup

Post by trancedman » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:25 pm

I am very sorry. It doesn't matter because I bought another USB Stick. The thing is, I am 100% sure the stick works but I cant "unlock" it. I don't know how it's "locked". If it were to be corrupted, it would not appear in explorer, drivers would not install, the details of the firware would also be corrupted. I mean, it works as a regular USB Stick, but I can't format it. As I've told you, I am not a programmer and I don't know what to look for. It's not your fault. If it were to be damaged, corrupted or something like that, I wouldn't even bother to write these messages here on the forum. As I've told you, if you have free time, you can login to TW to check everything out and see for yourself what is all about. Leave an answer and I'll give you TmWr ID and PW. Perhaps it's not a big deal, and I don't know what to do and where to look.

Alex
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Re: Useless USB stick after backup

Post by Alex » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:45 pm

I will contact you tomorrow via mail to make an appointment for a dial-in session, but I can't promise anything. I have googled this issue for some hours now, but I can't find any reason other than that the drive is corrupted.

trancedman
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Re: Useless USB stick after backup

Post by trancedman » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:06 pm

Check your email.

ptr2
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Re: Useless USB stick after backup

Post by ptr2 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:25 pm

Hello got the same pb how do I solve it please tanks. I restored image but I/O cannot write or read to the usb. cannot format

Alex
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Re: Useless USB stick after backup

Post by Alex » Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:51 pm

Any more info on this? Error messsages?

mark webber
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Re: Useless USB stick after backup

Post by mark webber » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:01 pm

Its not the software.
Running Windows 10 x64 (pro) I was getting error 32 trying to write the image back to USB.
Same error over and over that the stick could not be accessed.

Solution, change the mode to "Volume" instead of "Device" and it should be fine.
:D

thythat
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Re: Useless USB stick after backup

Post by thythat » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:34 am

Did you get the error message for both suggestions?

Jay
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Re: Useless USB stick after backup

Post by Jay » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:54 pm

One crucial sentence from one of Alex's replies:
Seems that sometimes the write-protection can be enabled, when you just unplug the device without unmounting it.
This could happen if the key was unplugged after a backup without being unmounted/ejected/"safely removed" first.
Also, USB keys/SD are probably the flimsiest devices around, given their weakness to static discharges.

One, non-destructive, method that can be tried here is to disable the read-only mode/attribute on said USB/SD card.
  • 1. Open diskpart and enter the following:
    2. list disk
    3. select disk x (x = the number in the previous list)
    4. attributes disk clear readonly
    5. exit
This is probably not the answer to every problem, but it's another method.

[Source: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ask ... only-help/]

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