Hi this happened to me a while ago but I was too lazy to register and ask for help but since it annoys me every time I use the USB more, I decided to ask for help. Sadly I dont know every detail about how it happened, its only vague but I hope you will be able to help me anyway:
So after I bought the USB I decided to remove the U3 software because it was really slow on my PC and barely working. The deinstallation went fine but when I got my new PC I decided to give the U3 software another try and wanted to install it (I was using the Windows 7 Beta at that time so maybe it was because of that).
In the middle of the installation he had a problem or the installation software quit for no reason, I dont know for sure now but fact is that he couldnt complete the installation and after taking a look on the device in the explorer I saw that he created 2 partitions, one for U3 and the other one for my files like he should.
But he didnt install the U3 software on the partition and I cant write to it because the partition is write-protected (as it should be). I tried it with the U3 deinstaller but he couldnt reverse the operation so I tried to format the whole device (both partitions).
The file partition worked but since the U3 partition is write-protected, I cant format it (and the Windows Message that appears every time I plug the USB in is very annoying (Windows cant read the disk, do you want to reformat it?)). Another thing that I have a space of like 20 MB that cant be used on a 512MB device and thats also annoying when you need every MB (and no Im not planning to buy a new one).
I also tried to reformat it with other programs and even under Linux but every time the message “cant format partition - it is write-protected” prevents me to do so.
So can I even delete that partition or is that not possible? And if it is possible, how do I do it?