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USB Stick showing wrong size...

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by Tidy_Sammy, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Tidy_Sammy

    Tidy_Sammy Member

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    Hello guys, I've been messing about with different NAS software on my 8GB Sony USB stick. it's now only showing as 4GB I think it's due to a small locked/hidden Linux partition on it from the NAS software, how can I recover this please? I'm on Lion, thanks!
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    Open Terminal and type:

    Followed by:
    Can you see the hidden files now?

    To disable just do the reverse:
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    Are you talking about recovering that partition for use under Lion? Then use DiskUtility>Partition and delete/resize the partition(s). You should back up files you want first, even though DiskUtility can (under suitable conditions) perform the re-partitioning non-destructively on those you want.
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    Sorry guys I just realised that what I wrote is a bit confusing, I'm looking to recover the missing 4GB of storage space (and completely format the stick), thanks :)
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    That's what Partition (in DiskUtility) do...

    edit: well, not strictly true, but the effect of re-formatting the USB stick as a single volume is re-partitioning it and then "sticking" in the chosen filesystem.
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    The problem is that the 4GB partition isn't showing in disk utility (It's showing as a 4GB stick), so I'm not sure how to free put he space...feeling a bit stupid right now :p
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    Downloading now, thanks, will probably get stuck again knowing my luck with this thing but I'll update.
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    Ok I've put the gparted file onto the USB stick, when I go into System preferences>startup disk, my SSD is there but the USB stick isn't as a bootable device, any idea? (First time trying to boot from a USB on OSX), thanks.

    Edit - Is that only for booting OSX installations?
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    When you reboot hold down the option key at the chime and it should appear?

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