2GB Flash Drive Now Shows 128GB????

elisha cuthbert

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Ok heres the story, my mum went to hong kong and bought 2 usb flash drives (branded sony but not sure about authenticity), so i plugged them into my mac and renamed them came back about an hour later with them to transfer some files to them, transfered about 125mb of stuff over and ejected them. when i plugged them in again and tryed to open some files and then preview said that they were corrupted, tried to open portable firefox and that wouldn't work either, went to the dreaded pc and plugged them in and it didnt work either, then i formatted them on the pc did the same again still to no avail, tried using disk utility to format same thing again, now when i plug one of them into my mac it shows up as 128GB free
please help me as i need all the space on these flash drives for school files.
 

Eniregnat

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In your head.
I think you got hosed.

For giggles you could try reformatting the sticks.

They may actually be Sony rejects that somehow did not get recycled, but more likely are poor Sony knockoffs.

I read somewhere in the past couple of weeks that a knockoff company was actually developing it's own hardware lines, and badgeing them. They weren't just copying the company.

I got hosed at a computer fair. I bought what looked like a giant spindle of CD-Rs (back when they were expensive). The were all reject burns from some company.
 

elisha cuthbert

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One of them works now. i gave it to the techie at school and he formatted one of them and now that one works fine but the other one couldnt be formatted
so i get one working usb for $40AUD and one bogus one for free
 

Eniregnat

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In your head.
[Do a security delete useing the DiskUtility, 35 pass. Then try formating it in FAT32 doing the same thing.

It couldn't hurt. Perhaps something will "unstick", perhaps it is just a transistor that is stuck. Not likely, but possible.
 

elisha cuthbert

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dualcore said:
wait, is it acctually 128gb?
well at school i managed to put like 5.8GB on it with no problems but i dont know where i am going to get 128GB to test it with

the blue one is the working one and the silver one is the 128GB

would you call it sony cause ive never seen a sony memory stick looking like that anywhere
Eniregnat said:
[Do a security delete useing the DiskUtility, 35 pass. Then try formating it in FAT32 doing the same thing.

It couldn't hurt. Perhaps something will "unstick", perhaps it is just a transistor that is stuck. Not likely, but possible.
ive tried that and now it isnt mounting or showing up in disk utility
 

elisha cuthbert

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ok first a question, is there such a thing as a 128GB flash memory chip?
ans secondly and update, i plugged the working one in to my ibook and just for kicks opened Disk Utility, the flash drive showed that it was a 128GB one but it had been partitioned in a way where it had 2GB windows dos file format and the other ??gb of space was "Free Space", so naturally i experimented making 4 partions and with that working i thought i would try for 6 tried that and just when it was about to finish i got the grey screen (the restart or die one) so i rebooted and partitioned it back into 1 partition of 2GB with the remainder free space. hope this works for as long as my other one....