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#1 nukenorman

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:45

I am decently tech savy but my 32 USB stick drive is only showing a total of 5.26 gigs! I reformatted it in both NTFS and Fat 32 to see if it would fix it but to no avail.

 

Anyone know what is going on?? Using windows 8.1




#2 +FiB3R

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:49

Did you pay £3 for it?

 

Genuine question, there are a lot of fakes being sold out there.



#3 +Nik L

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:50

It sounds to me like a smaller usb drive flashed to report it's a larger one.

 

And don't feel too cheated, I have had this before and not paid "below the odds" prices.  We all get duped by things sometimes.



#4 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:51

Most likely a Chinese knockoff.  Flash memory doesn't magically lose capacity.  It either all works, or none works.



#5 OP nukenorman

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:52

I have used this USB drive before only a few times and it has always been 32 gigs would technically format to like 30 gigs or something like that. Its basically a brand new thumb drive only used it one time. It started doing this after I formatted it to .dmg to mess around witih another OS on my PC just for fun and then just decided to abandon the project and just use it for regular storage for photos and videos like I used it before.

 

So I know its not fake as I have used it at full capacity before.



#6 Broughton

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:54

Partitioning? Then again, I'm not sure if you can partition a USB drive.



#7 +FiB3R

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:54

That extra bit of info helps a lot :)

 

Try using a 3rd party formatting tool.



#8 BrainDedd

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:55

Try this tool : https://www.sdcard.o...ds/formatter_4/



#9 +FiB3R

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:56

Is that not just for SD cards?



#10 jordanspringer

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:57

Check in Disk Management to make sure it isn't partitioned. If it is, you can delete the partitions in disk management, then reformat again.



#11 +Nik L

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:58

 Flash memory doesn't magically lose capacity.  It either all works, or none works.

 

Not true.



#12 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 13:59

I actually had a lot of these returned when i was working at Micro Center the vendor we bought them from screwed us over.



#13 protocol7

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 14:06

You can use Rufus to repartition it. Chances are when you wrote the dmg to it that created a 6GB partition and left the remainder as free space.

 

You could also do this from Disk Management in Windows.



#14 giantpotato

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 14:09

I have used this USB drive before only a few times and it has always been 32 gigs would technically format to like 30 gigs or something like that. Its basically a brand new thumb drive only used it one time. It started doing this after I formatted it to .dmg to mess around witih another OS on my PC just for fun and then just decided to abandon the project and just use it for regular storage for photos and videos like I used it before.

 

So I know its not fake as I have used it at full capacity before.

Have you actually tried reading back ALL the data you copied? The way the knockoffs work is they allow you to "save" 32GB of data, but after filling up the flash chip it just overwrites the existing data, keeping the file structure intact. So it looks like you have 32GB, but in reality you don't.



#15 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 14:15

Not true.

How so?  Even if the stick has multiple NAND chips, they are all interconnected.  If one chip would stop working, the whole thing would be dead.  Flash doesn't work like a regular HDD where bad sectors can be ignored.  32GB to 5GB is a huge reduction.

 

It could be the partitioning is messed up, but since he said he was computer savy, I'm sure he would have looked at that already.

I've seen a lot of fakes out there that show up as a high capacity, but can't physically hold that data.  Like was said above, the data will overwrite itself to trick you into thinking it works.  Once that "hacked" software is torn off, the true capacity will show up.





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