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Re: 8 GB Flash drive formatted at 3.7 GB

On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Aaron Konstam <akonstam sbcglobal net> wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-12-19 at 20:58 -0500, Gene Heskett 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.
> The flash drive could be re-partitioned but to make its file type ext3
> instead of Fat32 restricts what OS-s can read it.

Now that i know it's a 4GB drive, I wouldn't format it ext3, but since
it's already formatted ext3 and I don't plan to use it  to exchange
data, I'll leave it as it is.

But, as I said. I still have this problem:

e2fsck -c /dev/sdb
e2fsck 1.41.9 (22-Aug-2009)
e2fsck: Superblock invalid, trying backup blocks...
e2fsck: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open /dev/sdb

The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2
filesystem.  If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2
filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else), then the superblock
is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate
superblock: e2fsck -b 8193 <device>


I would like very much to run a e2fsck on the drive. I picked this
drive in a bin were 8GB 4GB and 2GB drives... packages were mixed, all
selling for the same price, if I remember well. (Yes, that's Future
Shop's way.) Maybe it was just a packaging problem and all drives were
really 4GB, but maybe there's another problem. So, I would like to
check reliability.

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