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Backlog8685

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I recently ran a ValiDrive on a "1TB" drive I got for $20. Needless to say it wasn't really 1TB. I'd hate to dispose of this seemingly working ~54GB storage device. Is there a way that I can "reformat" the drive to make it appear as the actual size?
 

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Do you really want to trust this with your data???

First of all, 54.7 GB is a VERY odd size. It suggests a cheap 64 GB NAND that is now only partially functional. How long before another portion of this NAND fails?

And then there is the hacked firmware. Do you really want to trust that, not knowing how the firmware now works, or what the firmware may or may not do? Or when? I never would, but YMMV I suppose.

This issue was well discussed over in the NG. The almost 100% consensus was "NO! Do not trust/use such a device!"

This device is fit for either the trash or as a test specimen for future ValiDrive and/or SpinRite testing. Note: This device may stand up to SR level 1 or 2 scans. But I suspect a SR scan at L3 (or higher) is likely to kill what is left of this device.
 
I agree with Dan, it's a bad idea. The modified size aside, who knows what other parameters they configured in the firmware, what 3rd grade NAND they used? I'd never trust this device with any of my data. If you need the 64 GB, get a decent 64 or 128 GB USB flash drive.

Anyway, theoretically you could probably just partition/format the good portion, so leave most of the drive unallocated.

You could even re-configure the firmware to actual amount of NAND but then be warned that getting the right MPtool is a minefield, many of the ones you'll find will trigger your AV scanner and then it becomes the question, do I take the risk? Is it a false positive or could the file really drop malware? I made clumsy video on using a MPtool (different problem but that does not really make a difference) so you can get an idea,

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Again, I would not bother.
 
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The way to avoid e-waste in this situation is to be very careful about what you buy (trust only a few well known brands and still verify) and if you order something that was supposed to be good but turns out to be junk, don't put up with being ripped off... SEND IT BACK.
 
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@Backlog8685 I agree about not trusting the drive. It's unfortunate that you got scammed. The fraud in this industry is disgusting.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
 
running potential malware I find a VM useful, you clone the VM, run the suspect software on it, and most malware will look to see if it is running on a VM, and not drop the malware, so you can do what it says it will do, close the VM, and delete it. Yes I do have 16G of a vanilla XP install, with multiple copies, each doing exactly one program, and the base copy never actually opened.