Removing partition on USB device

February 16, 2005 at 12:12:50
Specs: Win XP home SP2, P4/512mb

I have recently purchased a USB pen drive from Amazon - Bytestor 256MB. It is partitioned into a main space for saving and such and has a small partitioned about the size of a floppy disc. I need the drive for college, but the college computers run on Win2000 (dunno the service pack or anything) and the instructions say a partitioned USB device won't work on 2000 as it only accepts one drive per USB port. I have XP at home and it works fine. I have not had a chance to use it at college yet.

I have tried to remove the partition in Computer Management, but it shows up as one whole drive.

How can I remove the smaller partition - preferably leaving the saved data in tact, but if not a backup can be easily made at home.

Any further questions just ask. Thanks a lot.

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February 16, 2005 at 14:02:32

Do you have any idea why the small partition exists? If the drive shows as one partition in WinXP then chances are that is how it will show in Win2000. There is a small program called Delpart that will delete any type of partition. Delpart can be run right off a floppy disk, so no reason to install to HD. If you elect to use this utility BE VERY CAREFUL that you don't delete the wrong thing. The results are irreversable. Find Delpart here:

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February 16, 2005 at 22:17:43

The limitation on the college box is not a w2k vs XP issue.

It is likely something they set up for consistency of drive letter assignment.

Save the data.

Remove both partitions.

Creat one new one and format it.

Put the data back on.


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February 18, 2005 at 07:37:06

I've tried delpart, and it said it only works with NTFS and both my hard disc and the usb drive are fat32 I ran delpart and it said that no hard discs were found.

The smaller partition seems to be for storing the user manual which is supplied on a mini-cd with the drive anyway so I don't really need it. If the smaller partition doesn't show up how can I delete it?

It shows up in my computer as an extra floppy drive and an external hard drive, though shows up as one partition in computer management.

Thanks a lot

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