I was struggle with this before with OpenELEC, but this is the same thing.
What are possible solutions when USB stick refuses to return to its previous working state?
I mean formatting USB stick back to its full size after installing LE.
Shortly, my previous Pretec REX100 usb3.0 stick was passed out, after I write install image of OpenELEC to it. And nothing can restore it back into its full size again. I tried various ways, apps, even SDFormatter mentioned here on forums.
Now, after install of LE, I was afraid of my second USB stick (sandisk ultra fit 16GB, usb3.0) will behave the same, as the process of making usb install stick is nearly identical. LE just use its own image write utility.
On usb stick, there was three partitions:
- 512MB with installer
- 32MB system
- 13.8GB unallocated free space
...only that 32MB system partition was manageable in windows disk management and I can delete it.
Other ones have all option greyed out. Why?
As I found here on forum, there is possibility with SDFormatter to restore one big partition back on usb stick.
With my Sandisk stick, it works, and I have it back. That is good.
But what with other usb sticks? How to tell if they are compatible, or they will work? I read also that some can and some can't work....I dont wanna to stupidly buy usb sticks in the future because of this. Or, can be the install image somehow modified to create partitions on usb sticks, that are manageable and I can delete them freely even through windows disk management? Idk why they are not manageable there. It will be much better without the use of any special tools like SDFormatter = even more risk, because nobody knows what that utility is doing in background, how exactly it works. Why to use them, if it can be done from windows disk management if possible?