Where's the metadata?
quartz at sneakertech.com
Fri Mar 29 02:04:47 UTC 2013
> The problem is that now, the Windows system seems to think that the
> size of the thing is only something like 24.2 Megabytes... *not* the
> actual size, which is vastly larger (16GB).
>but then at the last second I hesitate and decide to
> actually try to _understand_ what's going on here, really, for a change.
By default, when looking with disks in explorer, windows will only mess
with partitions (slices). In this case, your usb drive has a single
partition just big enough to hold the installer, with the remainder of
the drive being dead space. You need to delete this partition and create
a new one that spans the entire size of the drive. Unfortunately,
windows doesn't make this as easy as it should be. You'll need to open
your control panel -> administrative tools -> computer management ->
> So now I'm reading the man page for glabel(8)
glabel is totally not related to your problem at all. glabel is for when
you want to refer to disks via a user created identifier string when you
can't rely on the device id.
> P.P.S. So what _is_ the best tool for just simply taking some sort of
> drive... like a USB flash drive, or any other kind of drive for that
> matter... and returning it to it's actual size?
Use a real partitioning program as opposed to the crap built into the
windows right-click menu. On freebsd, this would be 'gpart'.
it has a certain smooth-brained appeal
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