USB Flash Drive Problem

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  1. Posts : 94
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    USB Flash Drive Problem


    Hey guys,

    So, I have this 8 GB USB Flash Drive which is completely empty, no hidden files/folders, nothing. But it says that around 1 GB is used - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
    Why is that? Can I free up that memory? Not that it's very important, but I just wanna know what is taking up that space.
    As you can see here, it's empty - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
    Last edited by BicycleRow; 26 Aug 2016 at 10:23.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    When a drive is formatted there is some space taken so one really doesn't have a truly empty drive. 1GB out of 8GB does seem a bit much. I just opened a new Verbatim 8GB drive and got this:
    Attachment 98158
    You might right-click the Start button, go to Disk Management to see more. You can also delete the partition on the drive then create a new one.
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  3. Posts : 94
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    I think it's something else, because you can see in the first screenshot that it says "6.47 GB free of 7.48 GB", which means that the system already took some of it? And as you said, it seems a bit too much. But I can't think of what else it can be, there's no other reason?
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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    My screenshot came from right-clicking the drive in File Explorer and choosing Properties. It's possible there's hidden data on it. Not knowing what and being best to be leary of it, I'd use Disk Management to delete the partition then recreate it at full size followed by formatting. Some years ago there were rumors of some Thumb drives containing infections but its been awhile since having heard of it.
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  5. Kbird's Avatar
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    Berton said:
    When a drive is formatted there is some space taken so one really doesn't have a truly empty drive. 1GB out of 8GB does seem a bit much. I just opened a new Verbatim 8GB drive and got this:
    Attachment 98158
    You might right-click the Start button, go to Disk Management to see more. You can also delete the partition on the drive then create a new one.

    Hi @Berton , have you tried booting off those Verbatim Go drives ? I just returned a 3 pack of them as nothing I did would make them into Bootable USB disks , eg for a MR Bootdisk or KYHI PE Disk , Win10 recovery Drive etc.

    @ BR look at the USB Key with Minitool Partition Wizard (Free) (MTPW) , maybe something is hidden ? certainly a bit weird , unless it was formatted incorrectly or something ? as Berton said delete all partitions and reformat Fat32 with MTPW.

    KB
    Last edited by Kbird; 25 Aug 2016 at 22:24.
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Berton , have you tried boot of those Verbatim Go drives ? I just returned a 3 pack of them as nothing I did would make them into Bootable USB disks , eg for a MR Bootdisk or KYHI PE Disk , Win10 recovery Drive etc.
    No, I haven't yet.
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  7. Posts : 94
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    Kbird said:
    @ BR look at the USB Key with Minitool Partition Wizard (Free) (MTPW) , maybe something is hidden ? certainly a bit weird , unless it was formatted incorrectly or something ? as Berton said delete all partitions and reformat Fat32 with MTPW.
    I did it, but using the Disk Management not MTPW. And it's still the same.

    EDIT: After that, I used MTPW's Check File System with "Check and fix detected errors" checked and that solved the problem. - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

    ANOTHER EDIT: I don't know what's going on with this flash drive. After the problem was "fixed" I tried to install Windows PE on it using Macrium Reflect but it showed up an error and now it says I have to format it again. :X
    Last edited by BicycleRow; 26 Aug 2016 at 10:26.
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  8. Kbird's Avatar
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    HI , there is no need to use Imgur here , you can copy and paste the Snipping tool and other images right here in the reply window.

    MTPW can see things even Disk Management can't , eg the Win10 16mb MSR Partition on some GPT systems (128mb on win 8), and if it was something malicious it is likely not going to be that easily seen.

    USB Flash Drive Problem-2016_08_26_11_28_411.png

    the HP Free USB KEY Formatter has always worked well , you could try that but I have a suspicion that the Drive is Faulty or failing.

    HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool Download
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  9. Posts : 94
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    Guess I should just throw this flash drive in the trash. I tried to format it with the HP formatter, but again it showed an error saying "Failed to format the device".
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  10. Kbird's Avatar
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    try HDD Low Level Formatter 4.4 as a last resort , it's free for home use........ dont put anything valuable on it if you do use it

    But yes I think it is dying , thankfully they aren't that expensive.
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