I have a 32GB USB Pen Drive which has gone dead (USB drive unusable, unformattable, and reporting 0 bytes capacity). It is not accessible through any OS. When I insert it into my Windows machine and try to open it, it pops up the following message

"There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive X."

I've tried almost everything, but can't fix it. What I've tried until now:

  1. Change Drive Letter and Path - http://www.verbatim.com/index/support.php?cat=14&action=support_questions&pid=5467&aid=165
  2. Re-installed the USB Controllers in windows
  3. Tried changing the DisableOnSoftRemove vale in regedit - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2830154
  4. Tried a number of software utilities for windows that helps in force formatting a pen drive.

Further, I tried using the Disks program from the dash as well (in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS). It shows up my USB Flash drive when I plug it in, but I can't format it or mount it anyhow. Here are the screenshots for the same:- enter image description here enter image description here When I Click on the Edit Mount Options, the following Windows pops up: enter image description here

Is there any way I can recover my Pen Drive back?

PS:- I do not want the contents, just I want to make my USB drive work again.

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    ... It's broken ... Apr 26, 2018 at 0:41

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If you can get a copy of Hyrens Boot you might be able to repair it using the partition wizard. Not sure where you can find a copy of it unfortunately. I got a bootable copy from a buddy of mine who mounted it on a USB.

Note: To use Hyrens Boot you have to boot it from BIOS

  • sounds complicated and laboring task.. Jul 23, 2015 at 7:04
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    Then buy a new Pen Drive Jul 23, 2015 at 7:06
  • hirensbootcd.org/download Jul 23, 2015 at 7:11
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    i assume u know how to make a boot disk. if not here's a link to a tutorial as well. google.com/… Jul 23, 2015 at 7:12
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    hirens is a great tool. military uses alot. tons of programs on it. you can format drives. boot mini xp. and tons more. as through ubuntu im unsure of that as i usually boot mini xp and format with wizard Jul 23, 2015 at 7:24

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