USB Drive is stuck with two partitions

By aeSentinel ยท 5 replies
Aug 27, 2006
  1. Hey everyone.
    After trying Damn Small Linux and removing it, I found it had repartitioned my 256mb USB drive to a 49mb partition and an innaccessable second one.

    Partition Magic can't fix the problem. Neither can KillDisk or Disk Management.

    I'm running Windows XP Pro and have a copy of Damn Small Linux on LiveCD at my disposal.

    Can anyone help?
  2. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    Is there any information in the inaccessible partition?

    If not, simply copy the info onto pc and reformat drive.


  3. aeSentinel

    aeSentinel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I currently have nothing on the USB drive. Formatting the first partition does nothing. I can't access the second to format it.
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Try removing it with Linux. DSL should have at least fdisk to modify partitions, the USB stick device is usually something like /dev/sda.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    delete the partition table altogether. this will force a reparitioning where you
    will get the default as the entire device capacity. be sure to format as you need. fyi: for compatibility with the most systems, use FAT32 but this will
    limit the partition to 137gb. NTFS is the preferred for Win/* and EXT3 for Linux.
  6. sellmesanity

    sellmesanity TS Rookie Posts: 162

    If that doesn't work, get an RMA from the manufacturer! I think they would replace it, just say it doesn't load anymore or something.
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