We often face the problem where our flash drives / USB drives do not show their full capacity. There can be different reasons for this problem to occur and we need to bring back the drive to its full capacity. If you are facing this problem then we are here to help you to resolve this problem.
The problem of USB flash drive not showing the full capacity
Storage drives come with a certain amount of storage space and many times we notice that it is not showing its full capacity. For example, you have an 8 GB pen drive and, on your Windows, you will be seeing only 3GB total space.
This problem can occur on other storage devices like SSD drive, memory card, hard drive and SD cards as well. Restoring the drives to their full capacity takes some steps and this simple article will help you to restore your USB drive to its full capacity.
This problem will stop you from using your USB drive as it does not have its full capacity. So, in order to use the USB drive to its full capacity you have to restore the USB drive to its full capacity.
Below we will learn how to restore USB drive back to full capacity:
Reason for the USB drive showing wrong/less capacity
We all have wondered why our USB drives and other storage drives are not showing correct capacity. There are different reasons for the USB drive not showing its full capacity. We only notice the lower capacity of our USB drive when we are using it.
So before resolving this issue we need to check the reason for the problem. Once we know the reason, we can follow the correct steps for resolving the issue.
- We have installed a portable Window operating system on our USB drive and made it a bootable USB drive.
- There are different partitions on the USB drive and our computer is only recognising only one.
- There is a system reserved partition on the USB drive that remains hidden.
- There is unallocated space on the drive that is not visible in Windows.
- The USB drive is improperly formatted. Different USB drives with different capacity need to be formatted with different file formats.
- Viruses or Malware deleted the files and space allocated remains allocated. Also, Viruses or Malware can damage the drive and it is now showing the wrong capacity.
How to restore the USB drive back to full capacity
There are different ways using which we can restore the USB drive back to full capacity. Also, the process of restoring the USB drive to its full capacity depends upon the Operating System on which you are using it.
Below we have provided you with different steps using which you can restore the USB drive to its full capacity.
How to restore USB drive on Windows 10/8/7:
There are different ways of restoring the USB drive to its full capacity. You can manually restore the USB drive or we can use third party software. There are different third-party software that will help you to restore the USB drive easily.
Here we are using a manual method for recovering the lost space. So, you do not have to install any program for resolving the issue.
Format the USB drive:
Note: Formatting the storage drive will remove any data store in the drive. So make sure that you save any data you can from the storage drive.
Follow the steps below to format the USB drive and restore USB drive back to its full capacity:
Step 1. Connect the USB drive you want to format.
Connect your USB drive to your computer and you will see your USB drive in the Window explorer.
Now right click on the drive and then click on Format.
Step 2. Now set the file system and other settings for the USB drive.
From the Format window you can select the File System according to the USB drive.
Also, you can set Allocation unit size and set the Volume Label
Step 3. Check “OK” to confirm formatting USB.
Now click on the Start button to start formatting the USB drive.
That is your USB drive is formatted and will be restored to its full capacity.
How to restore USB drive on Mac OS:
If you are using Mac OS then you can use the steps below for restoring the USB Drive.
Step 1. First connect the faulty USB drive to your Mac.
Step 2. Now open Applications and the Utilities and then Double click and open Disk Utility.
Step 3. Now select the USB drive from the left hand side panel and click on Erase.
Step 4. You can rename the USB drive and can also select Format and Scheme. Now click on the Erase.
How to restore USB drive on Linux:
If you are using Linux Operating System then you can use the steps below for restoring the USB drive.
In Linux you have to delete all the partitions and the create a new partition:
Step 1. First you have to delete the partitions, to do so follow the steps below:
- First open the terminal and then type command sudo su.
- Now type the command fdisk -l and check USB drive letter.
- Now type the command fdisk /dev/sdx (here x will replace your USB drive letter).
- For deletion type d this will delete the partition.
- Now type 1 for selecting the first partition and then press enter.
- Now for other partition type d to continue to delete another partition (fdisk will automatically select the second partition).
Step 2. Now after deleting the partitions, you have to create a new partition
- For making partition first type n.
- Now for making this partition primary type p, then press enter.
- To make this partition first type 1, then press enter.
- Now you have to accept the default first cylinder and then press enter.
- Now press enter again for the default last cylinder.
- For writing the new partition information on to the USB disk type w.
- Now type command mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sdx1 (here x will be the USB drive letter).
That’s it, your USB drive will be restored to its full capacity.
Restoring the USB drive to its full capacity is an easy task and you just have to follow simple steps. You can also use a third party to restore the USB drive back to full capacity.