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Question About Drives And Formatting

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#1 loque


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Posted 13 September 2008 - 09:26 AM

hi, I have an external drive which i formatted completely, it is 30gb, and when i plug it into the pc and click properties in my computer, there is still a very small amount of space (16kb) which is listed as blue (used space).

Similarly, this happens when you try and format iPods and other storage devices. Is this due to a limitation in XP or is my formatting not working correctly?

Many thanks

Edited by loque, 13 September 2008 - 09:27 AM.

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 09:31 AM

I suspect that is used for system information and files that allow it to work with the system.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 09:25 AM

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 09:47 AM

Since the space is shown on the partition as used, and seems too small to be useful for a dynamic drive reserve, the most likely explanation I can think of is the space taken up by the autorun.inf file. If the drive is formatted FAT32, a 30GB drive will have 16K clusters, and even a small file will occupy one cluster, as it's the least amount that can be allocated.

Edited by Platypus, 14 September 2008 - 09:57 AM.

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