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DarkMatter

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I get an error when I run InitDisk on a Samsung USB drive.
I can format it just fine with windows 10
Can also read and write to it as well.
Never gave me any problems in the past.

Now wondering how much I can trust it though.
Anyone have any thoughts?

See output below.


InitDisk Running... (1st release)

Please insert the USB drive you wish to erase and reformat with a FAT file
system. If the drive is already plugged in you may remove it, wait for its
removal to be acknowledged, then reinsert it. The drive's properties will
be displayed to allow you to confirm that it's the drive you wish to use...
(Or you may press ESCape to terminate)...

Physical drive size: 128,345,702,400 (128GB)
Drive shows as: Removable
Device vendor: samsung
Vendor's product: flash_drive
Device revision: 1100

Information for drive's volume #1
Volume mounted as: E:\
(No additional data is available.)

A newly inserted drive has been identified and is detailed above. Any drive
volumes that are shown mounted with a drive letter may be further examined
if the volume contains a recognized file system, before being reformatted.

If you wish to reformat this drive, please enter the command NUKE and press
Enter. Or, just press ESCape to terminate this program: NUKE

1. Unmounting & deleting drive mount points.
2. Taking the drive offline.
3. Zeroing and rewriting the Master Boot Record (MBR).
An error has been reported by the device being reformatted. The error

occurred while writing to the device, but InitDisk previously verified
that this device can be written to. Therefore, the evidence is that it

has some inherent problems and may not be providing reliable storage.

Press ESCape to acknowledge this note and proceed...
 
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I suspect anti-virus software blocking the write for some reason. Are you running anything like that?

Just Windows Defender
Don't see any activity reported for today.
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I get an error when I run InitDisk on a Samsung USB drive.
I can format it just fine with windows 10
Can also read and write to it as well.
Never gave me any problems in the past.

Now wondering how much I can trust it though.
Anyone have any thoughts?
PLEASE stick around and keep this drive around, @DarkMatter. I very much want to determine what's going on with that, since anything that happens once will happen many more times to others. I will be returning to InitDisk once we're packaging up the ReadSpeed benchmark. So at that point let's figure our what's going on! (y)
 
PLEASE stick around and keep this drive around, @DarkMatter. I very much want to determine what's going on with that, since anything that happens once will happen many more times to others. I will be returning to InitDisk once we're packaging up the ReadSpeed benchmark. So at that point let's figure our what's going on! (y)

Thanks Steve!

I will set this one aside until we have a chance to see if we can figure it out.
:)
David
 
Just Tried this drive again with InitDisk (4th release)
Still receiving the same error message
Including the output again incase it is helpfull


Physical drive size: 128,345,702,400 (128GB)
Drive shows as: Removable
Device vendor: samsung
Vendor's product: flash_drive
Device revision: 1100
Physical drive number: 3

Information for drive's volume #1
Volume serial number: 3AE3-B483
File system type: exFAT
Volume Name: Samsung128
Total bytes: 128,340,459,520 (128GB)
Bytes free: 128,339,673,088 (128GB)
Volume mounted as: F:\

A newly inserted drive has been identified and is detailed above. Any drive
volumes that are shown mounted with a drive letter may be further examined
if the volume contains a recognized file system, before being reformatted.

If you wish to reformat this drive, please enter the command NUKE and press
Enter. Or, just press the ESCape key to terminate this program: NUKE

1. Unmounting & deleting drive mount points.
2. Taking the drive offline.
3. Deleting history of drive's previous mounting.
4. Zeroing and rewriting the Master Boot Record (MBR).
An error has been reported by the device being reformatted. The error
occurred while writing to the device, but InitDisk previously verified
that this device can be written to. Therefore, the evidence is that it
has some inherent problems and may not be providing reliable storage.

Press ESCape to acknowledge this note and proceed...
 
On a lark, try it from Safe Mode... ? I think you can get there from the Advanced Startup option of the Recovery tab of the Update & Security section of Settings.
 
Just Tried this drive again with InitDisk (4th release)
Still receiving the same error message
Including the output again incase it is helpfull
millQ is right, @DarkMatter ... This is the problem that I recently resolved with the 5th release of InitDisk. If you'll grab an updated copy of InitDisk from GRC, it ought to run now! :) <fingers crossed>
 
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millQ is right, @DarkMatter ... This is the problem that I recently resolved with the 5th release of InitDisk. If you'll grab an updated copy of InitDisk from GRC, it ought to run now! :) <fingers crossed>
Yep works now!
Thanks all!
:giggle:


InitDisk Running... Release 5

Please insert the USB drive you wish to erase and reformat with a FAT file
system. If the drive is already plugged in you may remove it, wait for its
removal to be acknowledged, then reinsert it. The drive's properties will
be displayed to allow you to confirm that it's the drive you wish to use...
(Or you may press the ESCape key to terminate)...

Physical drive size: 128,345,702,400 (128GB)
Drive shows as: Removable
Device vendor: samsung
Vendor's product: flash_drive
Device revision: 1100
Physical drive number: 3

Information for drive's volume #1
Volume mounted as: F:\
(No additional data is available.)

A newly inserted drive has been identified and is detailed above. Any drive
volumes that are shown mounted with a drive letter may be further examined
if the volume contains a recognized file system, before being reformatted.

If you wish to reformat this drive, please enter the command NUKE and press
Enter. Or, just press the ESCape key to terminate this program: NUKE

1. Unmounting & deleting drive mount points.
2. Taking the drive offline.
3. Deleting history of drive's previous mounting.
4. Zeroing and rewriting the Master Boot Record (MBR).
5. Applying FAT file system to the drive.
6. Bringing the drive back online.
7. Refreshing the system's drive awareness.
8. Waiting for Windows to remount the drive.
9. Windows remounted the drive volume as: F:\
10. Setting drive F:\ volume label to "INITDISK R5"
11. Running a post-reformat CHKDSK...

The type of the file system is FAT32.
The volume is in use by another process. Chkdsk
might report errors when no corruption is present.
Volume INITDISK R5 created 12/23/2020 12:45 PM
Volume Serial Number is 1411-2C19
Windows is verifying files and folders...
File and folder verification is complete.

Windows has scanned the file system and found no problems.
No further action is required.
125,306,944 KB total disk space.
32 KB in 1 hidden files.
64 KB in 2 files.
125,306,816 KB are available.

32,768 bytes in each allocation unit.
3,915,842 total allocation units on disk.
3,915,838 allocation units available on disk.

12. InitDisk operation is complete.


Press ESCape to acknowledge this note and proceed...
 
I suspect not. Allowing InitDisk to wipe multiple drives is dangerous as users may accidentally select the wrong drive to wipe. Although it might be tedious, having to run the program again is a good safety measure.
 
I may be atypical but when InitDisk was released I thought I have a bunch of USB drives that I can run it on (I currently have something over 30 USB drives) would be nice if I didn’t have to relaunch it each time.