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    Check the manufacturer's website to see if they are still in warranty.

    If they are, you might be able to get them replaced free of charge. Corsair sent me a free replacement when my usb stick died recently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozar View Post
    Check the manufacturer's website to see if they are still in warranty.

    If they are, you might be able to get them replaced free of charge. Corsair sent me a free replacement when my usb stick died recently.
    Hm, that would've been my solution from the beginning but I do not know the manufacturer per-se (whatever is this "MSM"? Could not find any info on them), only the ones of the single chips (and that only just now since I pried them open).
    Also they are kinda old already, isn't the warranty only covering a year or so? I started this thread way after I first got them, ... would still be worth a try of course, provided I find the correct manufacturer.

    Thanks for the answer,
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    I think different manufacturers have different warranty periods for their usb sticks.

    It was 10 years warranty on my Corsair stick that I had for a couple of years when it went bad, and they honored the warranty without questions asked. I didn't even have a receipt, so I'll definitely buy from them again in the future.
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    This is simpler than it's been made out to be here. Configre your file manager to see all files - hidden files, system files, dot flies, etc. Then wipe everything out, even the filesystem. This is easy since there's a 99.99% chance your sitck uses FAT-16. Then reformat it and you're done.

    If you can't even see those flies, format it remotely. If you can't do that, it's a hardware problem and it'll be cheaper to just buy a new memory stick than to fix it.

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    @Tinky Winky: Unfortunately it's not. There is no partition to mount, I can't create a new partition or direct filesystem (as described in detail already in my previous posts). No partition -> no file system -> no files. Just a SCSI device that tells me that there actually is some hardware and how big it is.

    I suspected from the beginning that the hardware might be bust, but I just want to get _sure_ it's the case - call me curious and clingy
    I just never had any such case where 3 identical devices had exactly the same problem like this - bad production-charge maybe?

    Werner

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