MaelstromX

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I just got a cheap 4gb thumbdrive for $40. I have no illusions that this thing is a cheap knockoff.

Under computer management/drive management it shows as a 4gb partition and 252gb unpartitioned space.

I was attempting to make the partition bootable with a tool released by HP so i can put a BartPE on it.

Unfortunately the tool tried to make a 265gb partition to fill up the whole drive. Obviously this won’t work because it only has 4gb of actual storage. Does anyone know a tool that I can use to completely erase the partition table or completely zero the drive so I can remake the partition as it should be? I have tried the debug method I normally use for hard drives but it hasn’t worked.
 

MaelstromX

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Yes.

The problem is that the partition table is corrupt on it now. So almost any piece of software I have tried crashes out if you try to access the drive at all. The second problem with it is that the controller on the drive itself is a piece of crap. It is always going to show a 256gb drive regardless of the actual space on the chip it is using so I will have to "short stroke" the partition to make sure I fall safely below the 4gb i know is on the drive.

So to recap.

I cannot access the drive with any piece of software I have tried. Therefore I cannot just remake the partitions without first totally clearing the drive (including the partition table).