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June 9, 2014 11:31:44 PM

Hi, I was recently experimenting with loading a different OS on to my hard drive. To do this I had to load the OS on to my 16 GB USB and then launch it from there on start up. To keep this story short, I was unable complete this dual boot and decided to scrap all the data I had stored on my 16 GB USB. I decided to just format the USB instead of deleting the data and then formatting the USB. As a result my USB showed up as being 5.27 GB. Upon investigation I found out that there was an additional 10 GB on the USB that are unallocated. So I basically I want to figure out how to combine my USB into a single 16 GB USB again.

This is a link to a video I made of my problem with no audio. It shows the properties and what not of the USB: http://youtu.be/aUv4PGk0Glc

If anyone can help me figure this issue out I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks for your help.
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June 9, 2014 11:46:47 PM

Use Disk Management in Windows, delete the existing partition then re-format.
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June 9, 2014 11:49:27 PM

Delete the existing partition. make a new 16GB partition
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June 9, 2014 11:55:41 PM

I tried that already but the partition separating the USB does not show up on my drives list. So I thought I might try to expand the 5.27GB section to consume the rest of the space but both the allocated section and the unallocated section do not allow me to expand or shrink the drive. In my video it shows this around 28s (unallocated section) and 1:03 (5.27 section). And thanks for your speedy response photonboy!

And it does not give me the option to delete either. Thanks as well unksol!
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June 16, 2014 4:41:55 PM

Thanks for the two people who helped out. After trying to reformat my USB in different formats I finally fixed it. I tried formatting my USB for the umpteenth time as NTFS and unchecked the quick format box. My first and second attempt at doing this failed. My system simply said the format could not be finished. On the third time, however, it finally completed and I had my full drive capacity available once again.
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June 16, 2014 4:42:15 PM

Thanks for the two people who helped out. After trying to reformat my USB in different formats I finally fixed it. I tried formatting my USB for the umpteenth time as NTFS and unchecked the quick format box. My first and second attempt at doing this failed. My system simply said the format could not be finished. On the third time, however, it finally completed and I had my full drive capacity available once again.
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