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I format my 4 Gb pen drive and it show only 2 mb capacity how to get full capacity

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January 26, 2014 11:49:47 PM

I want your help...
a b G Storage
January 27, 2014 12:08:50 AM

Can you link a screen shot showing the format options you used when formatting the USB stick in Windows?
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January 29, 2014 6:11:44 PM

killakallies said:
Can you link a screen shot showing the format options you used when formatting the USB stick in Windows?


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January 29, 2014 6:13:09 PM

I don't know my friend did that.. can u help me?
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a b G Storage
January 29, 2014 6:53:57 PM

There is a chance your friend got cheap USB key marked as 4GB, but with some rubbish chip inside. There are plenty of knockouts around, especially on deal sites.

Another option: The disk could be formatted into partitions, with small 2mb partition Windows can see, and remaining capacity formatted with e.g. EXT4 (Linux) file system
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a b G Storage
January 29, 2014 11:28:11 PM

When you format the USB stick did you just stick with the default settings it provided when formatting it?

The format you would want to choose for the USB stick is FAT32 the rest you should be able to leave at default, you should also select the quick format option.

Right clicking on the USB stick under my computer and hitting format should bring you to the screen where you can adjust these options before performing the format. Let me know if this works for you!
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January 31, 2014 6:51:04 PM

Alabalcho said:
There is a chance your friend got cheap USB key marked as 4GB, but with some rubbish chip inside. There are plenty of knockouts around, especially on deal sites.

Another option: The disk could be formatted into partitions, with small 2mb partition Windows can see, and remaining capacity formatted with e.g. EXT4 (Linux) file system


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January 31, 2014 6:52:31 PM

Then what should I supposed to do? can I get back the capacity of my pen drive... Please help....
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a b G Storage
February 1, 2014 4:19:56 PM

Open "Command prompt" with elevated privileges (that is, Start | Programs | Accessories, and with right-click on "Command prmpt" click on "Run as administrator". From the C:\ prompt, run DISKPART. And now, be very carefull what you do!!

From DISKPART menu, execute "list disk" (with your pendrive plugged in), and try to figure out which disk is it. It's real size will be shown. Type "EXIT" twice to get first to the C:\ prompt, then to close Command prompt.

If it shows correct size, make a note here, and we will find you a program to recover it. If not - you're out of luck...
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February 3, 2014 6:34:27 AM

It shows.....
Disk Status size free Dyn Gpt
Disk 0 Online 596 GB 2048 KB
Disk 1 No Media 0 B 0 B
Disk 2 Online 2048 KB 0 B

What does it means? Is there any chance to recover?
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a b G Storage
February 3, 2014 9:00:23 AM

It means: You have a harddrive of (probably) 640GB, a card reader with nothing inside, and 2MB (that's right, two megabytes) disk. I see no way to "recover" this.
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March 7, 2014 2:47:35 AM

DISKPART> list disk

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 298 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 7509 MB 6619 MB

DISKPART> select disk 1

Disk 1 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> clean

DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> create partition primary

DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

DISKPART> exit
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August 7, 2014 2:33:24 AM

Swayam15 said:
DISKPART> list disk

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 298 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 7509 MB 6619 MB

DISKPART> select disk 1

Disk 1 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> clean

DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> create partition primary

DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

DISKPART> exit


swayam15 you are life saver..!!
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