Reformatting a USB stick that shows up as two devices?

Mark Haney mhaney at
Thu Nov 20 14:12:34 UTC 2008

Adam Funk wrote:
> I have a USB memory stick that shows up as two drive devices (/dev/sdc
> and /dev/sdd, along with partitions /dev/sdc1 and /dev/sdc2).  Is it
> possible to reformat the whole thing into one?

It's certainly possible.  I would just use fdisk to delete both existing 
partitions and create a single partition that covers the entire drive. 
Depending on the size of the flash drive, fat16 might be a better bet 
than fat32 since you'll lose some free space using FAT32 on a drive 
that's less than 2GB.

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