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Hi, I got a 1GB USB flash drive with one of my sticks of A-DATA RAM about 8 months ago when I was building my PC. About a week ago I was messing around with Linux and trying to install it in my 1GB Flash drive. I never got Linux installed so I just reformatted the drive in vista.

Then when it goes done formatting it only showed that I had 196MB (178MB after formatting) of space. I was like ***! Then I tried to reformat it again and it would not let me change the size of the drive back to the normal setting, which is like 9XXMB or something.

I took the 1GB flash drive apart and it looks to be made up of two 512MB chips.

So how in the hell did my 1GB drive to form 9XXMB after being formatted to 178MB? Even if one of the chips died it should have only gone down to 512MB.

Thanks for the help and comments.
    
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Did vista try and use it for a Ready Boost drive?

Plug it in, Go the My Computer->Manage->Disk Management and see what it tells you about the Flash drive.
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Can vista even touch a ex3 partition??? I know my XP was like, nope.... no gonna do it.

I'd advsie booting a live CD and using linux to delete all patitions on the flash drive, then format to NTFS. should fix it.
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