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Windows Thread, 4GB USB Pens in Technical; Ok so i have a spout of Teachers with 4gb USB pens, They format them with FAT(16?) and yes you ...
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    4GB USB Pens

    Ok so i have a spout of Teachers with 4gb USB pens,

    They format them with FAT(16?) and yes you guessed it, they all apear as 1.8gb.

    You try to format with FAT32 still 1.8gb, Disk Manager (XP) nope can't add or delete partitions.

    So here is the question,

    How on earth do I get them to recognised and format as 4GB???

    any ideas?

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    use a partition program like partition magic or something.

    Had to do it to my 5GB one when I'd messed it up!

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    Alternatively you could format in NTFS if they're to be used on Windows 2000/XP/Vista workstations only, which in most situations today is the case.

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    Also watch out, there's some 'dodgy' no name Chinese made USB pen drives kicking about that use compression in the drivers to claim they are 4Gb, when they are not.

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    oh yeah I got an mp3 player like that off ebay... put loads of music on it and it crashed...

    paypal got me my money back though!

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    @Geoff - Thanks for the heads up, never knew about that!

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    Right thanks for the tips.

    I hate removable media lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Also watch out, there's some 'dodgy' no name Chinese made USB pen drives kicking about that use compression in the drivers to claim they are 4Gb, when they are not.
    Just a follow up on this,
    I purchased 3X 8GB mem sticks from Hong kong via eBay.............Idiot!

    Not only did they take nearly a month to arrive, they were about half of the so claimed 8gb, you have to actually put 5-6gb of data on it to find this out, as they appear to have 7-8gb worth of space when actually it was half that.
    And I am also certain they are the old 1.1usb standard as they take so looooooooooooong to transfer to and from!

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    yeah... buy british!

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    Well I've used Ebay for years and here's a few tips I can offer:

    • Always buy products which are located within the UK. Not delivered to the UK. Ebay has lots of filtering options. A good one is within 200 miles of your post code which I use a lot.
    • Take a good look at the seller. Look at their overall feedback, especially the feedback received in the last few months.
    • Read the product description not just once but twice. I remember seeing a classic seller trick on Ebay. There was a computer chair for sale, but with no visible dimensions. It was selling for £150 or so, but once delivered it arrived in a shoe box. Yes you guessed it, it was a doll house computer chair!!
    • Look at postage charges. Some sellers sell the product cheap, but put £20+ postage costs. Also check there's no VAT to be paid.
    • Don't be afraid to ask the seller questions. This is also a good test of their communication skills and their knowledge (if it's something specific).
    • Always pay using PayPal. You're insured for the transaction (I think it's upto £500 now), but also if there are any problems, you have evidence that the transaction actually took place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Well I've used Ebay for years and here's a few tips I can offer:

    • Always buy products which are located within the UK. Not delivered to the UK. Ebay has lots of filtering options. A good one is within 200 miles of your post code which I use a lot.
    • Take a good look at the seller. Look at their overall feedback, especially the feedback received in the last few months.
    • Read the product description not just once but twice. I remember seeing a classic seller trick on Ebay. There was a computer chair for sale, but with no visible dimensions. It was selling for £150 or so, but once delivered it arrived in a shoe box. Yes you guessed it, it was a doll house computer chair!!
    • Look at postage charges. Some sellers sell the product cheap, but put £20+ postage costs. Also check there's no VAT to be paid.
    • Don't be afraid to ask the seller questions. This is also a good test of their communication skills and their knowledge (if it's something specific).
    • Always pay using PayPal. You're insured for the transaction (I think it's upto £500 now), but also if there are any problems, you have evidence that the transaction actually took place.
    yeah all good advice.

    I've heard the computer chair story before as well.....lol!

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    I purchased 3X 8GB mem sticks from Hong kong via eBay.............Idiot!
    Were they the VAIO ones?

    I wouldnt trust any of the Ebay sticks these days they all have modified firmware which normally work great upto about 1GB

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    That chair scam was also shown on the real hustle.

    Ben

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    See Aria were selling 1GB sticks for under a quid this week and 4GB for under a tenner - sheesh!

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    Still got my first USB stick... 25 quid for 64MB those were the days



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