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[/Thread] Thumb drive with a personality disorder

Postby qyron » 2017-07-25 21:48

I've recently bought a 128GB thumb drive. Because it was formatted to a strange format (xfats, if I remember correctly) I used GParted to format it to a friendlier fat32, using GParted.

The program formatted the frive and the total available space is about 125GB, which is not unexpected. However, when using Caja, the drive reads as having 134,2Gb available.

What can originate this kind of behavior? Its fully functional, so I'm not about to go complain with the vendor but I find this strange, nonetheless. A memory medium having a bit less of the full capacity available is normal but more? And different readings in different programs? How? And why?

Also, is fat32 still the best choice for formatting this kind of drives, with the ever growing size?
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Re: Thumb drive with a personality disorder

Postby bester69 » 2017-07-25 21:58

qyron wrote:I've recently bought a 128GB thumb drive. Because it was formatted to a strange format (xfats, if I remember correctly) I used GParted to format it to a friendlier fat32, using GParted.

The program formatted the frive and the total available space is about 125GB, which is not unexpected. However, when using Caja, the drive reads as having 134,2Gb available.

What can originate this kind of behavior? Its fully functional, so I'm not about to go complain with the vendor but I find this strange, nonetheless. A memory medium having a bit less of the full capacity available is normal but more? And different readings in different programs? How? And why?

Also, is fat32 still the best choice for formatting this kind of drives, with the ever growing size?


Open Sources is like that, I prefer not say it with bad words to not rise offenses, you'd get used to that kind of things...

For example, Today i tried to export to pdf a scanned image, I got serious headaches as i hadnt documented previouslly the way to follow to get it right.
I spare 14 minits of my life trying to figure it out how could i export properly that image to pdf format.. :shock:

In linux thing never works as expected at first try, unless its well documented.



by the way, id you want a win partition, I'd use NTFS format for that big Disc
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Re: Thumb drive with a personality disorder

Postby Thorny » 2017-07-26 12:31

qyron wrote:I've recently bought a 128GB thumb drive. Because it was formatted to a strange format (xfats, if I remember correctly) ...

Perhaps it was exFAT.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT

Often the difference between marked capacity and what is reported by a system is due to the difference between GB and GiB. That can also be looked up with a search engine.
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Re: Thumb drive with a personality disorder

Postby qyron » 2017-07-26 14:03

I was really on my best English when I wrote my initial post. Not that I am that very good with but...

This is getting tedious... The pen was marked as a 128 Gigabytes drive, not as a 128Gibibytes. Thank you very much for that reminder. Converted to GB, it adds up.

Well, now I know of a vendor that has actually lost money on a deal.
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