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Re: 8 GB Flash drive formatted at 3.7 GB



On Sat, 19 Dec 2009 20:58 -0500, "Gene Heskett"
<gene heskett verizon net> wrote:
> On Saturday 19 December 2009, Aaron Konstam wrote:
> >On Fri, 2009-12-18 at 23:25 -0600, Robert G. (Doc) Savage wrote:
> >> On Fri, 2009-12-18 at 21:58 -0500, Marcel Rieux wrote:
> >> > On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM, Mikkel <mikkel infinity-ltd com> wrote:
> >> > > On 12/18/2009 01:59 PM, Marcel Rieux wrote:
> [...]
> >I thing borked is too pessimistic an analysis. There is a 4GB area on
> >the pen drive that is not partitioned nor is it formatted in any way,
> >according to fdisk. I wold just ignore the 4GB area and don;r worry
> >about it.
> >
> Huh?  In that case, why not 'd'elete that 1st 4Gb partition and make a
> new 
> one 'n' that uses all the drive?  And the 't' to set it to type 83, then 
> write that table to it with a 'w', exit fdisk, and mke2fs /dev/sdX1,
> where X 
> is the same letter used for fdisk.  Voila! 8Gb unless it truly is a
> broken 
> bit of tom-foolery.
> 
> -- 
> Cheers, Gene

Could this problem be related to the U3 software that comes preloaded on
these? 

http://www.kingston.com/flash/dt_u3.asp

I had a 8 gig sandisk cruzer that wouldn't show all the capacity, but I
don't remember if the shortage was that drastic. Sandisk offers a
removal tool that gave me back the missing space, but you need to run it
with windows and I'm not sure it would work on a different brand.  

http://www.sandisk.com/Assets/u3/launchpadremoval.exe

Barry

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