Hi. I just got an 8 GB SanDisk Cruzer 2.0 USB Pen Drive. I plug it on my PC and I get a "not formatted" error. I also check the usable space and it only has 64 MB. Why is my 8GB pen drive showing 64MB only? I'm on Windows OS 8.
That is normal for a newly purchased USB flash drive. Just like normal hard drives which come unformatted when purchased, a USB flash drive is also unformatted when you purchase it. This is the manufacturer’s way of shipping their products to users or customers and also a sign that the storage device is brand new and has not been used.
When a drive is formatted, it is also an indication of usage though nothing has been stored on the device. If you only see 64 MB of usable space on your newly purchased 8 GB SanDisk Cruzer USB flash drive, just format it in Microsoft Windows to make the 8 GB space available for use.
To format the drive, connect your USB flash drive on the USB port then click “Start,” “All Programs,” “Accessories” then “Windows Explorer.” Right-click your USB flash drive then select “Format.” Type a new name for the drive under “Volume label” then click “Start” to begin formatting the drive.