I ran gparted, selected the device (/dev/sdb)
deleted the single partition I previously created with fdisk
Here's what gparted reports
Partition File System Size Used Unused Flags
unallocated unallocated 8.00 MiB --- ---
I didn't write the changes.
I ran fdisk to delete the partition:
Selected partition 1
Disk /dev/sdb: 8 MB, 8388608 bytes
1 heads, 16 sectors/track, 1024 cylinders, total 16384 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc4530a7f
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
The first time I created a single partition of type c (vfat 32)
and formatted it with 'mkfsdos -F 32'
The second time I recreated a single partition of linux type
and formatted it (ext3). df reported
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb1 6.8M 1.1M 5.4M 17% /mnt/usb
-What is the brand name of usb flash drive and is it genuine? Because there are counterfeit usb flash
drive that will say 8Gb when in fact the actual capacity is very little. The counterfeiters change some
config on the flash drive, so when plugged in the OS will report the advertised amount, but when you are saving data it will take
unusually long time to save and you will not be able to save close to advertised amount or you will get a read/write errors.
It's pretty worn out but it looks like something like
PNY is written on it.
As for the capacity, even if the manufacturer boasts 8G it should
be at least 1GB. As far as now the smallest capactiy is 128MB
-Lastly is the usb flash drive over the hill? Flash drive memory cells have a certain read/write cycle lifespan after which the cell become
unusable, so if this flash drive have gone through lot of read/write cycles then then it is on it's way out.
Possibly, but then why does it display 8MB instead of nothing at all?