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Regarding the occupied space on a Flash Drive

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February 7, 2008 4:52:02 PM

Hy to all !
I have a question and I hope that some more experienced users can help me.
I recently purchased a Flash Drive (it's a Kingston DataTraveler @ 4 GB). The Flash works perfectly and there is no problem regarding the access or transfer time. The problem is that when I check it with Scandisk or Defrag it mentions a 4 KB (4 096 bytes) occupied space. And the free space is 99 %. This occupied space remains even after formatting.
Do you know if this are bad blocks or is it a problem with the product I purchased ? Should I replace the drive or this is a normal thing and I should not worry ?

Thank you for your time.
a b G Storage
February 7, 2008 5:16:38 PM

It's normal, so don't worry.
February 7, 2008 5:20:42 PM

^Yeah, it's nothing. My OCZ Rally dual channel 2GB drive has this very small bit that is always used, and it's never had any problems.
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a b G Storage
February 7, 2008 5:45:18 PM

Probably the folder System Volume Information and recycler.
Nothing to worry about.
February 7, 2008 5:53:18 PM

Yep, that's just the overhead of the disk, no worries. :)  Just like if you format a 300GB drive, you may only end up with 280GB or so of usable space.
February 7, 2008 6:04:19 PM

rgeist554 said:
Just like if you format a 300GB drive, you may only end up with 280GB or so of usable space.

That's something else.
If you format a 300 GB drive you will have 300GB. The difference you mention is just an error in the description. If you format a 300 GB drive you get 300*10^9 = 300.000.000.000 Bytes, which are roughly 280 GiB (Gibibyte). Microsoft just failed to update to the new wording.
February 8, 2008 1:29:05 PM

A friend said some of the original flash drives had a program on them to help recover your files. I don't know if the manufacturers do that now or then.
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