How to recover a USB after use it with this program?

Asked by Raul Fernandez Nevado

I install a Linux USB-Live in a 4Gb USB and now it looks like a 2.9 USB. Is it posible to recover it?


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Jeff B (skydiver38) said :

Jeff B suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #1927: “My Xgb pen drive was reduced to Ygb”.

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Tim Channon (tc-q) said :

No problem, the suggestions or statements of actual physical damage or irrecoverability are mistaken.

Any *data* on a device is lost, no different from erasing an hard disk. If you use a device *all* existing data is lost.

In Windows use Disk Management (control panel), you need administration rights to do this, find the device in the list. It will probably be shown with a small FAT32 partition and the rest unallocated.

Delete the partition [double check it is the correct device, eg. look at device properties and the name/brand should be there]. Format the device as FAT32, wait until it completes, allow the system to allocated a drive letter. Done.
The device is now back as a normal USB device.

All that happened is a device had been created which OS did not understand.

You can go around the loop again, write a new image and use it. Been there, done that.

I assume under 'nix gpart (BSD) or gparted can do the same, delete partition and format whole device as FAT32. If anyone succeeds please report this so others know.

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