What to do if the Amazon Fire TV only sees a small portion of a USB drive

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If the Amazon Fire TV is only seeing 197MB or other small amount of a larger connected USB drive, it’s likely because the USB drive has a hidden partition. You may think the USB drive has only one partition, but it likely has a second hidden partition if the Fire TV is only seeing it as a small drive with less than a gigabyte of space. The most common way to end up with a hidden partition, like an EFI system partition, is by using the drive to install an operating system like Windows. Since the Fire TV mounts the first partition it detects, it’s mounting the small hidden partition and ignoring the rest of the USB drive. To fix this, all you need to do is delete the hidden partition. To do so, simply follow this guide.

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4 comments
  1. Patt says:

    How about a tutorial if it does not detect any usb drives at all formatted in fat32? would helpful :D

  2. Hugo says:

    Thanks, that did the trick.

    I forgotten I had used the sticks to install Windows 8.

    How did you know this was the issue? I googled it in the morning but top searches didn’t show this.

    • AFTVnews says:

      It happened to me during my testing. When I analysed the drive more closely I realized it had a hidden partition. Then when I saw your comment in my other post I figured it would be a common enough issue that I should write a post about it.

  3. Jeff says:

    I sure hope you’re still following this thread.
    I’m at a loss. My FTV is totally full as of today and I can’t figure out why.I’ve removed literally everything that it will allow me to and I have less than 2gigs on my usb stick. No games, just kodi, Llahma and maybe a couple other channels. This began yesterday and we started moving stuff over to usb and the onboard memory still finished filling itself. I don’t have any file explorer installed to see what all is going on.
    I know I haven’t given you much info to work with. Any idea where I might begin to remedy this? I’m at a total loss, but that isn’t surprising.
    Thanks for all your prior posts, I’ve learned a lot from them.

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