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I recently purchased a 64 GB USB on eBay; I wasn't too suspicious as it was only a few pounds cheaper than the major retailers and the drive was supposedly made by a very well known company. The drive worked well for the first few days but then I noticed that some of the files I had saved on the drive were disappearing.

I started to think the drive might be oversized, so I used H2testw to check how much data was actually being stored on the drive. I found that the drive is really 8 GB. I opened a PayPal dispute and managed to get a refund for the device and for the postage.

But now I'm left with an oversized USB drive that I can't really use as any data over 8 GB won't be stored.

I was wondering how a USB drive is oversized and how to get it back to its original size so it can be used?

asked Dec 10 '12 at 19:16

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edited Dec 11 '12 at 17:55

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as par paypals policy on other things, typically you must destroy or dispose of the device you are refunded.

but if i am mistaken on that point here are some things to try: Search google...

http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/915291-fix-fake-usb-flash-memory.html

there are other links you can look at as well.

answered Dec 10 '12 at 19:54

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I've already had a look at that thread, the file recommended is infected.

(Dec 10 '12 at 19:56) markd12 markd12's gravatar image

whoops....

(Dec 10 '12 at 20:49) trueb trueb's gravatar image

have you tried to reformat the drive... do not quick format, but to a full reformat with fat32.

(Dec 10 '12 at 20:54) trueb trueb's gravatar image

and re-partition it.

(Dec 10 '12 at 21:04) trueb trueb's gravatar image
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