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If you want a USB thumb drive wiped, try asking an arts student for help

Nigel 11

my experience is that if you fully format a pen drive you have something like a 10% chance of permanently corrupting it, making it unreadable

In which case you have identified a crappy unreliable pen drive before storing anything you wanted to keep on it, saving yourself much grief later. Buy a different make next time. And remember Sturgeon's law.

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