I just purchase a 4TB LaCie external HD. I am running 2 different iMacs I plan to use with. One is an Early 2009, 20” iMac, running Mac OS X 10.11 and the other is a Late 2012 27” iMac, which has no system at the time because I believe the HD went bad. That is the main reason for the new HD.
When I tried to install an OS to the new drive it said there wasn’t enough available space. When I checked, it said there was only 259MB available, so I erased the disk and installed Mac OS extended, but it still say only 259MB of space available.
I purchased 2 other 2TB LaCie external HD about 5 years ago. They are dedicated for TimeMachine back up, and I never encountered any problem like this when I first initialized them. They actually had nearly 2TB of space from the start.
My question: is there actually a 4TB disk inside this housing and it is just initialized with wrong information or is it just a faulty disk with no way to fix it? Aa far as I can tell, LaCie doesn’t manufacture any disks smaller than 2TB of storage, so how could LaCie have accidentally installed a 259TB disk in the housing for a 4TB disk?
If there is a way to fix this disk, I would prefer that to having to repackage and send it back. I really need to get the 27” iMac up and running again ASAP. If it’s just a faulty disk, then I have no choice but to return it for another. I was going to repackage it, but decided I would consult some experts first, in case it is fixable.
I thank you in advance for your help.