Ken went to EclipseCon and all he brought me back was this lousy USB drive..
Actually, I had seen Ian’s post EclipseCon Guide to Free Stuff and asked Ken to grab me one.
As expected, there were a bunch of AMD promotional .pdf files on the device. I’m interested in reading through it at one point, but I also think a ‘free’ 1Gig USB drive is pretty handy. The drive shows up with 2 partitions, one is 20MB with the promotional material on it – read-only, and the other is a read/write partition with the remainder of the Gig.
Now maybe there is something I just don’t know about flash drives, but I’m not able to convince Windows or Linux to reformat this thing to remove the 20MB read only partition. If anyone out there knows the magic, please add a comment with the solution.
I got to thinking maybe it was a hardware hack. So of course, I busted it open.
I’m actually starting to get the feeling that this is a clever firmware hack. If I had access to the right software, I could reach in and tweak the system to ‘fix’ the read only flag and reformat to my liking. So far, no luck.