View Full Version : 1 gig flash drive is only 800mb

24-10-2005, 04:09 PM
Why are 1 gig flash drives only 800MB? I understand that marketers say 1 gig is 1000 meg, but that would only account for 24 meg, not 224 meg.

24-10-2005, 04:12 PM
certainly should't be ..........my 512mb says 'capacity 523' !!! ah.....maybe you should format it or chek it with a partitioning tool ?

24-10-2005, 04:47 PM
There are a couple of possiblities

1.Some of the space is always taken up by the firmware (the Flashdrices OS) - although 200mb seems a little high for this...
2.Some may also be taken up by a secure area for saving sensitive files - this is the case with my Kingston drive.

Hopefully you will have received a manual for the drive - this may indicate how to format the drive and recover the "secure" space.

24-10-2005, 05:58 PM
Did you fomat the stick?