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500gb extern hard drive claims to have a capacity of 233gb

Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:55 AM

I am/have probably done something very stupid, but please bear with me.
I have bought (a while ago) an external hard drive of 500gb.
it worked perfectly, but now all of a sudden it claims to have only 233gb capacity. I formatted it twice and all, but it still claims to have only 233gb space...
the hard drive I am using is a
Seagate Expansion portable drive 500gb
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I was hoping someone could solve that, or at least tell me what the problem is...

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Re: 500gb extern hard drive claims to have a capacity of 233gb

Posted 17 July 2012 - 04:31 AM

What was its size when it was 'working perfectly'? Also what OS are you using? I have heard of a shrinking anomaly in Vista.

Also check your BIOS hard disk settings and check the mentioned size. If it shows 233gb too, try TestDisk. It's used for Data Recovery.

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Re: 500gb extern hard drive claims to have a capacity of 233gb

Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:36 AM

ah I managed to solve it on my own :) the problem was that he had somehow allocated half my hard drive. therefore it was solved by creating a second partition from the allocated memory and merge the partitions into one partition which now has it's normal size :)
I am using windows 7 by the way.
for those who are intrested in the partition manager, it's easeUS partition manager, and should anyone have questions about this, ask me.
I am happy to help as I experienced this as frustrating :|
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Re: 500gb extern hard drive claims to have a capacity of 233gb

Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:28 PM

Why didn't formatting it dellete the partitions though? Thats what I don't get. I though formatting a hard drive removes partitions too.
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Re: 500gb extern hard drive claims to have a capacity of 233gb

Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:57 PM

Formatting doesn't affect the partition table, it only formats an existing partition.

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