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I am looking to fix one of my flash drives that I used for a Dell Diagnostic Utility. I had to format the 4GB Flash drive to become a 2GB Partition in order to install the tool. I thought I could use the Disk Management system to delete the partition and make a new one for the drive, but it won't let me do this. Is there a free program that will allow me to recover the hidden partition. Thanks,
-Matt
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how did you create this partition in the first place?

if you still have windows 7, try using the partion resize utility that comes with it.
available guide here
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When I ran the Dell Utility it just did this on it's own, I haven't tried in Windows 7 yet, but will try it when I get 7 up and running when I get home. I know Vista has a similar feature, but it was shaded out when I tried. Is the one in 7 different?

*UPDATE*
The setting in Windows 7 was the same as Vistas, and both appear to be shaded out. I couldn't modify the partition. Any other suggestions?

Edited by Immortalarena, 09 July 2009 - 08:36 PM.

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well, two thoughts. Try formating the partition and see if that allows you to delete the partition.

The next suggestion is not for the faint hearted, but I think that the partition is "locked" because its on a removable device. Ran across this and thought it might help. It's definitely a bit risky and requires a bit of technical ability.
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I tried to do a format and the disk would not let me use the original setting of 4 GB. So I was going to try and make the drive look like a Mounted drive rather than removable, but it also didn't seem to work. Believing I did something wrong I found A flash media tool, at http://www.lancelhof...ive-in-windows/, that I was going to use.

The instructions said to just flip the removable bit, but that also didn't work. I figured I was just going to have to buy a new one, but decided to try formatting it through this program. When I mark the partition as Non-Active and Format the drive, like magic, the whole drive was back to normal. Thanks for all the help!

-Matt :)

Edited by Immortalarena, 10 July 2009 - 04:30 AM.

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