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December 26th, 2010, 02:12 AM   #1
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USB capacity shrinked down!!

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iam in a serious position to find my 4gb HP usb drive reduced to a 1 gb capacity usb drive.I wanted to burn a disk image file to usb and boot it.I used win32disk imager.Then when i booted it could not boot from the usb,..then it asked if i should format my usb and then when i clicked "no" it said it could not open the drive.I thought maybe because of the format inside it it could not open so then i formatted my usb only to find that my max disk space available was not 3.72 gb and it got shrinked to 0.99gb.How could the capacity of an external device be reduced.Is there any way of restoring the lost space..please help

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December 26th, 2010, 12:48 PM   #2
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Re: USB capacity shrinked down!!

Hi Khartik,

Have you tried reformatting it completely (not short formatting) on a different machine before checking the capacity again ?
Also, you might want to try to save some big file there (around 2GB) in order to test whether the capacity of the USB drive is really that indicated in its properties ...
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December 27th, 2010, 04:45 AM   #3
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Re: USB capacity shrinked down!!

hey thanks for the reply..but i first saw the disk management and found out that the remaining 2.72 was unallocated(it's actual capacity is 3.72)..and i could not create a new volume out of it too..then i tried downloading hp usb disk..and my problem was solved..
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