To remove unnecessary partitions of your USB flash drive

To remove unnecessary partitions of your USB flash drive

By installing software on USB sticks occur there often hidden partitions. COMPUTER IMAGE shows you how to recover the lost memory in a few steps.

You have already installed programs on USB sticks, with which the computer starts? Then you know this problem probably: Windows displays the drive with a much lower capacity than it actually has. Cause are usually hidden drive areas (partitions) that can accommodate claim but not in Windows Explorer can be seen. Windows displays these partitions namely only in the Disk Management tool on, has there but no clear function. To make the entire disk space available again, you still do not need any special software. This works in a few steps with Windows-board resources. COMPUTER IMAGE shows how to do it:

Open Disk Management:
Make sure that no other USB drives or memory cards stuck as the affected drive in the PC. If there are files on it, copy it first to the hard disk, because the contents of the drives will be completely erased. Next, click on Windows 7 and Vista, click Start, with the right mouse button on the computer or workstation to manage and Disk Management. In Windows 8, press the key combination Windows key + X and click on Disk Management. In the new window your stick is called "removable media" and has at least two partitions. In the example (figure) is "Disk 4".

Remove "ghost" partitions:
Press the key combination Windows key + R and tap diskpart a. Click OK and Yes. In this example, enter in a new window select disk 4 a. Generally tap instead of "4", the disk number from the previous step a. important: Choose here but by no means the "Disk 0", because this is your Windows hard drive. After pressing the Enter key tap clean, and then press Enter again. Now the drive is empty, see fig. You can connect the black command prompt window.

Creating a new partition:

In the Disk Management of the stick will appear only with a field named "Unassigned". He therefore has no partition and is not visible in Windows Explorer, create a new partition. To do this click with the right mouse button assigned to none and New Simple Volume. After three clicks on Next, select at "file system" FAT32, with sticks from a size of 8 gigabytes, however better NTFS. Put in "volume label" any name firmly, and put a check in the "Perform a quick format". After clicks on Next and Finish the drive will be formatted and partitioned. He then appears directly as an empty disk in your Windows Explorer - but this time with the entire capacity.

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