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On a Win 7 SP1 PC, I have a 16GB flashdisk that I cannot reformat.

Win Explorer says it has FolderName > an ISO file, as well as two more FolderNames,
and it Does show the file names that are in those sub-folders.

Win tries to format, but after about 10 minutes, it says
"Windows was unable to complete the format."

I tried DiskPart > format fs=ntfs quick label=data1
And it's been sitting at "0 percent complete" for over four hours.
I think it ain't workin'.

How can I erase everything / format that drive?

Thanks.

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Sounds like the drive is damaged.
In Diskpart, try the Clean command.
Then go to Disk Management, the drive should appear as Unallocated Space. Now right click it and choose to make a New Simple Volume, and Format it. If either of those things fail, the Flash drive has become damaged and needs to be replaced.
 

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High chances the drive may be failing if you're getting an error when trying to format.

If you have a linux box or VM, it's good to use gparted to format...
 

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Not stupid at all ! this could be a key reason for a drive to not be detected successfully by the OS, good call :)
 
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