Reclaim hidden space on a thumb drive?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by NPH, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. NPH

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    I was messing around with Lexar JumpDrive Secure software.. I made a secured drive that is hidden when not in use. I ended up deleting and setting down the public area to the max allowed by the drive.. well, now it's only displaying 1.86GB when before it would display 1.96GB (unless my mind is playing games with me).

    What should a 2GB drive be recognized in Windows? 1.86GB or 1.96GB? If it is 1.96GB, then how do I go about reclaiming it when all I see is 1.86GB when I connect the drive?

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  2. CyberBullets

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    1.86GB

    1GB to Lexar = 1,000,000,000 bytes
    1GB to Windows = 2^30 bytes
     
  3. deusexaethera

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    "Real" megabytes are multiples of 1,000,000.
    "Computer" megabytes are multiples of 1,048,576 (or 1024 x 1024).

    Why? First of all, you're not getting ripped off, because the number of bytes is the same and a byte is the smallest universally-usable amount of space in a computer. Second, computers use multiples of 2 and powers of 2 for damn near everything, so it just makes sense to computer programmers that they should use 2^10 (1024) as a unit of measurement because it's a power of 2 and it's close enough to 1000 that it didn't used to make any difference. Of course, that was before they made disks so big that the extra 24's started to add up big-time.

    How to fix your memory card? You don't need to. 2 billion bytes, divided into multiples of 1024 instead of 1000, equals 1.86 gigabytes. You're all good.
     
  4. NPH

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    Thanks for the explanation.
     
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