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Windows 7: How long does it take to format a 16GB thumb drive?


13 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
How long does it take to format a 16GB thumb drive?

I purchased a 16GB SanDisk Cruzer thumb drive yesterday.

I decided to format this morning to get rid of the bloat on it, but I've been sitting here for a least 30 mins and it's still going.

How long does this process usually take for 16GB thumb drive?



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13 Jun 2011   #2

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not a half hour.
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13 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Are you doing a quick format or a full format?
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13 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Are you doing a quick format or a full format?
Full.
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13 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Are you doing a quick format or a full format?

Full.
That'll take a while, let it run.
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13 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0080900 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Are you doing a quick format or a full format?

Full.
That'll take a while, let it run.
Finished formatting, but I'm still missing at least 2GB of space, and it only shows 14GB free space available even though I'm not using any space on the thumb drive, yet.

I think I should at least 15GB available, why is this 16GB reserving over 1GB for itself?

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13 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

If you can boot from this Thumbdrive then there is a Boot sector for the BIOS to pickup that maybe one cause
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13 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0080900 View Post


Full.
That'll take a while, let it run.
Finished formatting, but I'm still missing at least 2GB of space, and it only shows 14GB free space available even though I'm not using any space on the thumb drive, yet.

I think I should at least 15GB available, why is this 16GB reserving over 1GB for itself?


16 GB as advertised is the decimal or marketing 16 GB, used by manufacturers. Your computer reports in binary or true GB. So the true capacity is only 14.9 GB.

Some space would be taken by the files needed to make the drive usable.
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13 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Also the Bigger the Drive the more Space is "Missing" in some respect E.g a 1TB Drive may be only 950GB in True Capacity form

Josh
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13 Jun 2011   #10

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Available space on the drive varies from different formats (i.e. FAT32, NTFS, etc).
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