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2Gb PCMCIA card HD shrunk by half after format

Hi All

I got my hands on a 2GB PCMCIA HD card (Toshiba) earlier - I have it connected to my PC via SCSI (External card reader drive). Checked it quickly and yes, it was 2GB capacity.... It had some crap still on it so I thought Id give it a quick format. I did this as FAT (The reason being, the 2nd device I will use the card in only takes kindly to FAT.

However, when I re-checked the properties the disk size was now 1GB (99MB)

I thought perhaps i formatted it wrong and should have been as FAT32 (Even tho its under 2GB)....So I try this....Still the disk is 99MB - So...I go into admin toosl>Disk Management etc. I can see the full capacity of the drive, however 890MB of it is unallocated. So I try to detele the allocated part so the whole disk becomes unallocated then giving me the option to reformat (In theory, i thought that would work)

Nope! No Love. When I try to right click on the drive allocated and unallocated areas I dont get the highlighted option to create or delete partitions...Anyone know why? I even clicked on my existing drives and still nothing. All I can do is format the in use sector.

I tried Partition magic but it wont recognise the external/removable device - Only immediate HD's came up

I tried to log as adminsistrator and still im locked out of doing the format. I tried everything I could think of and now Im stuck.... Im determind to get it back the way it was though (With help of course)

I refuse to let a GB go to waste like that. Any suggestions...Perhaps even reasons why I cant delete the partition etc

PS, running xp pro s/p2

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Re: 2Gb PCMCIA card HD shrunk by half after format

When you perform such procedures, you should use an account with administrator privilege.

You can take the PCMCIA HD and insert it into another card reader (preferable different) on another windows XP PC. The purpose it?s to delete the wrong partition, create a new one and format it.

On your PC, find out the drivers for the hardware devices involved in card reader chain.

Good Luck,


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,

T. S. Eliot

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You are welcome [NT]


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