My 16GB thumb drive recently wouldn't accept any files even though it had been formatted. Digging a bit deeper, I discovered that the drive had somehow become partitioned into many smaller sections. Fortunately, this is an easy fix.
- Place the thumb drive into a USB port on your computer
- In the Run or Search box, type diskmgmt.msc to open disk management
- Select your thumb drive's partition
- Right click on it and select the Delete Volume option
- This deletes the partitions and frees up the total space. NOTE: Any data on the drive is lost at this step.
- Right click in the newly emptied space and select Create Volume to recreate the full drive space
- Select the new Volume and Format.
- Your thumb drive will be at full capacity again.
iHelpForum - Providers of Quality Advice
iHelpForum is a friendly, professional, FREE help community. We help with any kind of problem, be it a misbehaving computer or automotive issues.
Repair USB Thumb Drive to Regain Space
Recover space from a Thumb Drive that shows less space than it should