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Old 10-24-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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Formatting an 8GB usb stick

Hi all,

I've got an 8GB which I'm trying to format to an ext3.

I've used fdisk to wipe the disk, and then I add a new primary partition, but fdisk only allows 1020 "blocks", which is about 9MB.
So I end-up with one primary partiton of about 9MB out of 8GB.

How do I create a partition which uses the entire 8GB of the drive?.

Old 10-24-2011, 09:26 PM   #2
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So when you used fdisk, it didn't give you the default option of using the entire usb stick? Normally you can just hit enter twice when it's asking for partitioning.

Have you tried cfdisk? A bit simpler but is meant to do the same thing.
Old 10-24-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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I'm actually trying to create usb stick to install debian. fdisk formats it fine, but after I copy the boot image it only shows 239MB space on the usb drive. I'm opening another thread on the latter issue.



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