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Old January 7, 2009, 03:43 AM
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So I picked up a 16gb Patriot xporter on sale from NCIX a few weeks back and it's great, no more clunky portable hard drive!

But I lent it to my friend as he needed one to try something with Norton Ghost.
After I got it back, my nice 16gb got reduced to 1.90gb

I figured a quick format would fix it... nope! After that didn't work I decided to investigate the problem further using disk management.

I tried re-formatting it there. Still nothing.
Then I noticed there was 13gb of unallocated space. Great, I'll just re-partition this and... it's all greyed out!

At this point I am stuck. I've tried just about everything I could think of.
Any suggestions guys??

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Old January 7, 2009, 07:40 AM
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I don't know much about partitions, but can't you extend the volume?
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Old January 7, 2009, 01:02 PM
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Unfortunately Windows doesn't give you too many options when it comes to partitions. You will need a separate partitioning program if you want some of the advanced options. I'm not sure what there is in the way of free ones but Acronis makes a good one, just not free.
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Old January 7, 2009, 01:05 PM
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GParted -- Live CD/USB/PXE/HD

Should be able to recognize your USB flash drive.
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Unfortunately Windows doesn't give you too many options when it comes to partitions. You will need a separate partitioning program if you want some of the advanced options. I'm not sure what there is in the way of free ones but Acronis makes a good one, just not free.

ah alright that may work...
I'll look into it.
I heard partition magic is quite good.
I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old January 7, 2009, 10:55 PM
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I've been able to grow and shrink partitions using Vista's built in partition manager.

If you're using XP, you'll have to use one of the programs mentioned above.

How to resize a partition in Windows Vista | Vista Rewired
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