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(Jerry's recovery) missing SDcard space

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by frostyon420, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. frostyon420

    frostyon420 Member
    Thread Starter

    I have a 16 gig sdcard. I've flashed many roms and patches and fixes and so on so I'm used to fluctuations in my storage but I've noticed my SDcards physical space is missing. I have it partitioned for ext use in cm7 (Jerry's Tom and recovery last builds) The problem is even if I format my SDcard on my computer (win7) I only come up with 12 gigs not the entire 16.... do I need to download a tool for windows to recognize the missing space or ?. Lol is this a Linux type thingy :banghead:
     



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  2. tli

    tli Android Enthusiast

    Not "a Linux type thingy." 12 GiB may indeed be possible, depending on how much was allocated for the EXT partition. Note that:

    2^34 = ~17.2 GB = 16.0 GiB

    16.0 GB [SD card] = ~14.9 GiB

    The MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended over Windows for formatting SD cards.

    Another note of caution is that a lot of cheap no-name mail-order/eBay SD cards are fraudulent--commonly with much less actual usable memory than sold-as and labelled.
     
  3. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid

    Yea, the other gigs of space are in the ext partition.
     
  4. Phatninja55

    Phatninja55 Android Expert

    Yeah. Windows won't mount, or recognize the partition.
     
  5. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid

    Exactly. Linux does -_- and that bugs me.
     
  6. Phatninja55

    Phatninja55 Android Expert

    Linux is the chiz. Don't hate on Ubuntu just because you didn't know how to set up adb. xD
     
  7. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid

    I fixed that myself....in the end.
     
  8. frostyon420

    frostyon420 Member
    Thread Starter

    I understand windows wont recognize the ext but I think what I would Like to know is how do I format the card to recover the full amount of space (the full 16 gigs).....do I have to use Linux? Or is there a better method for windows :) if I have to install Ubuntu I will but I would rather not lol
     
  9. Phatninja55

    Phatninja55 Android Expert

    You could do it with a live usb image of a linux distro. Then all you have to do is enable usb booting in your computers bios and it will boot off the flash drive.
     
  10. frostyon420

    frostyon420 Member
    Thread Starter

    Yea i also understand how to boot from USB (backtrack or nothing) I was just hoping to do it on my windows partition. Oh well lol
     

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