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Cant re-partition Maxell Venture USB flash drive

I have a 4GB Maxell Venture USB flash drive that comes with two partitions:
- 1MB containing some encryption software
- 3999MB for data

I want to make it into a single partition device of 4GB.

Sounds simple? I cant find anything that works.

I have tried:

- XP disk management.
  This shows it as two separate devices, not a single device with two partitions.
  Deleting partitions has no effect.

- Ubuntu Gparted is the same.

- HP USB disk storage format tool v2.1.8

- The only time any computer sees it as a single device is under XP, safely remove hardware,
  where it shows as "Safely remove USB mass storage device - drives (E:, F:)

This ought to be easy, but I cant figure it!
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johniathomeAuthor Commented:


Tried your tip, but no luck. Windows disk management still shows it as two separate devices.

Windows won't format the 1MB drive, and neither will Gparted (Ubuntu).

I am beginning to think this is a lost cause - I suspect the USB hardware in the stick includes 2 separate drives, and the safely remove hardware detail shows:

  USB Mass Storage Device
   - USB DISK Pro USB Device
       Generic volume - (E:)
   - USB DISK Pro USB Device
       Generic volume - (F:)
Problem is not partitioning .. the firmware in the USB device is set up so that it presents 2 separate devices.   Formatting and partitioning is waste of time.  I've got APIs on several USB sticks and set these up myself sometimes.  Nothing you can do, other than to contact the OEM that loaded the canned software and see if they have a utility to reconfigure the device so that it only uses one ID.


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