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External Hard drive incorrect capacity


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#1 ruthere89

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:35 PM

I recently had to run a reformat of my external hardrive to become compatible with a FAT32 system. I tried doing this twice. Half way through each session it told me that it could not format the entire drive.
After removing the USB External hard drive from the computer and re connecting it, I learned that instead of 250gig it was now only registering 31.5gig worth of space.
This is completely incorrect.

Is there anyway I can restore it to a cull capacity setting or is it ruined forever?

it is a WD2500BEVS type scorpio

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#2 Nanobyte

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:51 PM

Have you looked at the drive in Disk Management? It gives a graphic representation of the drive so you can see what else is there/missing. Always a good starting point. Hidden or unallocated areas will not normally show in Windows.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

Ahhh, I do see that the drive has been partitioned. Is there a way to undo this?

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:36 PM

You can merge/delete partitions. I think you can do it in Disk Management but it's easier using partitioning software. I've recently been using EaseUS Partition Master. There are others, see this freeware list.

There is a size limit for FAT32 (depending on how the formatting is done). You may want to read this MS article.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:42 PM

I see why it is now.
Tell me if you will: would it be easier to format the disk as an FAT drive in order to create a bootable device as well as keep the memory sectors open?

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:03 PM

I don't know. Someone else will have to answer that one.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:08 AM

FAT drive in order to create a bootable device as well as keep the memory sectors open?

What do you mean bootable device and FAT system?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:18 PM

What operating system are you using?
When you refer to a 32 system are you talking about a operating system?

If these are FAT32 applications which you wish to use on this computer you could have a small partition with FAT32 file system and a larger partition in NTFS.

Edited by dc3, 25 November 2012 - 01:19 PM.

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