[SOLVED] Why doesn't fdisk show full capacity of my flash drive?
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Why doesn't fdisk show full capacity of my flash drive?
I have a 4GB Imation clip flash drive that has a physical write protect switch and also came with Imation Lock software. I had set up a private partition of appr. 3.5GB leaving a 500MB public partition through Windows 7. I then plugged into my linux Distro (Backtrack 5R3 x64 w/ Gnome) and attempted to format the public partition to ext4. It appeared to have worked.
I plugged back in to Windows 7 and was unable to gain access to my private partition via Imation Lock software. Disk management also showed the full capacity of the drive to be 500MB. I then plugged back into Backtrack and typed fdisk -l into the terminal and it too shows the full capacity of the drive to be 500MB.
Why can I not see the entire capacity? Why will formatting not, in either Windows or linux, erase or restore the whole drive?
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 13 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sdb2 13 30401 244089856 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb3 30402 60802 244188422+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
The capacity is/was 4gb when I first got it. The 3.5gb private partition which I created through Imation Lock software seems to have rendered that partition unrecognizable after formatting the remaining 500mb public partition to ext4 via gparted.
I am confused as to how it is possible that a partition <i>seems</i> to have been physically removed from the disk.
I've found Linux OS's infinitely more capable than Windows at w/r disks that Windows just can't but I have never seen or heard of this issue.
I finally got Imation support to help me with the issue. They sent me old versions of the Imation Lock software that were not available for download online and after trying a few I was able to gain access to the private partition. For anyone else that has this flash drive or this issue I highly recommend deleting Imation Lock software and using Truecrypt.