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I have a new 16 GB kingston flash pen that I cannot format

Gparted doesn't seem to see it

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It has some windows exe and files on it

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In do not have the format option as described here for Nautilus, Thunar or PCManFM

Its properties in Nautilus are

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There is a menu in Gparted on the right up top just above partitions. You might need to click it and swhich to the device. –  mikewhatever Oct 4 '12 at 16:22
    
yes that's it. the question is to be merged –  cipricus Oct 4 '12 at 16:31
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  • In Gparted, use the menu in the top-right to select your USB flash drive

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  • Unmount any mounted partitions on the flash drive

  • Format the partions

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Have you tryed bash command mkfs?

fdisk /dev/sda
mkfs -t vfat /dev/sda1

See formatting usb pen in Linux

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sda1 is my windows partition :) –  cipricus Oct 4 '12 at 16:26
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