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I burned Ubuntu 14.04 image on 16GB pen drive on laptop having ubuntu.

Now when I inserted this pen drive it showed 2MB free space without recognising any other space.

I formatted pen drive on windows 7 PC.

Now after I rebooted my computer and tried to boot from pen drive, i was able to install ubuntu on my dekstop.

now my problem is that now also it is showing 2MB free space.

After using the disks utility I get the following displayed :


How can I recover my 16 GB free space ??

Please Help !!

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  • If you don't care about the data on it, I would just use gParted, delete all partitions (be sure to operate on the Stick, not your HDD!) and create one big partition that covers the whole 16GB available and format it in FAT32. – Byte Commander Feb 16 '15 at 13:24

You have to remove partition 1 and system Partition 2 ;

Then you can create a new 16GB partition and format it as you like

Don't you see that there is a 16GB free space unformatted at the end

  • Thank you ! :) .. finally I was able to format in FAT32 format ... – Rohit Sharma Feb 16 '15 at 13:28
  • @RohitSharma welcome. don't forget to mark it as answer – kamil Feb 16 '15 at 13:30

If you want, you can even fix that in windows, run cmd as administrator then type

list disk
select disk 1 (make sure its the right one)
clean (if it complains about permission, just type clean again)

then just make new volume in disk management, right click on computer -> manage ->disk management

  • Yes, it worked! – sv_jan5 Jul 18 '16 at 9:28
  • Should be accepted as an answer! – shadyyx Jun 16 '17 at 18:52
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    This helped - thank you. You can create the partition and format it while still in diskpart: create partition primary, then format. – Joe Aug 25 '17 at 12:37

This is easy to fix. Merely open GParted, you may need to install it if it is not installed. Then right click on the 2 Mb FAT partition and select Resize/Move. You can expand that partition into the 15 Gb of Free Space.

  1. Go to gparted.

  2. Navigate to the pendrive. In my case it was /dev/sdb/

  3. Delete all the partitions.

  4. Create a new Partition which comprises of all the allocated space.

  5. Click apply.

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