Repair Corrupt USB Drive, Merge Or Create Multiple Partitions

10 January, 2013

Trying out new operating system? I was trying Google Chromium OS. So created a live USB drive from Chromium OS ISO file and booted from it. Tested the Chromium but the main part of this post is, after the test, I tried to format my USB flash drive but surprisingly the USB drive was completely destroyed and had only 1GB usable space and other 3GB space was not there.

I formatted the drive as usual but still there was no recovery. When I tried to find out what happened to device manager / Disk management in Windows OS, there were around 8 partitions and only one partition was detectable by Windows which was 1GB and all other portions were of no any use.

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I tried to delete portions so that they will merge and I can recover the single partition of  the total size of flash drive, but all attempts to recover it failed. I tried using may specialize applications but no use and the one that was perfect was a very tiny but a powerful tool 'BOOTICE'.

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  • If you ever try the Chromium operating system on your PC, this tool will help you to recover your USB drive. Not only USB drive but the same applies to hard drives. It is a complete partition management utility plus a MBR and PBR processor plus image writer and many other useful features.
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Here is a quick list of features about what you can do with Bootice
  • Bootice is a free and very small tool / utility to manage, repair all types of memory devices like USB drive and hard disk.
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  • You can easily repair MBR / Master boot record or a memory drive like internal hard disk or a USB flash drive. Easily backup and restore the MBR into external file.
  • Bootice has also repaired PBR / Partition boot record. If you have multiple partitions on your hard disk, you can set the boot partition, same is the case with USB drive.
  • In my case,  Parts manage feature of Bootice came to help. You can easily merge all the partitions of the USB drive or internal drive into one partition.
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  • You can format and create single or multiple partitions in a USB drive and use it as a multi partitioned hard drive.
  • Bootice also allows you to backup and restore partition table in a file.
  • You can easily activate, hide, delete, assign a drive letter or remove a drive letter to any partition or drive.
  • You can convert dynamic drive into simple or basic partition
  • It can also format any specific part / partition of the drive.
  • If you have an ISO or IMG image of a CD, and have any problem with it Bootice can repair it.
  • If you have multiple operating systems installed on your hard drive and have problem in boot sequence or have problem dew to Grub, you can also repair GRUB.
It is really a must have utility that will surely help you one day.
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