1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

Solved: 500GB Hard Drive Formats to 43GB

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MajorOak, Sep 22, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. MajorOak

    MajorOak Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Messages:
    2
    I have a Maxtor 500gb External hard drive (2 weeks old). Tried quick reformat after an error and it only formats to 43gb (NTFS ). Ran chkdsk and that reports 500gb (approx) with no bad sectors, etc. Am I missing something simple or is the drive useles. (I can copy stuff onto the 43gb space).
     
  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2001
    Messages:
    37,432
    With externals, I always recommend deleting ALL partitions on the drive and create one using disk management.

    If DM shows the full size of the drive, you should then be able to delete/create partition and format with ntfs.
     
  3. bigbear

    bigbear

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2004
    Messages:
    4,719
    Go to diskmanagement and see if you have a partition, it may just need formatting before you can use it.
    Go to start>run type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter
     
  4. MajorOak

    MajorOak Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Messages:
    2
    Thx to both of you for your response. It was a partition problem (380gb) which didn't show initially. Changed USB lead with another drive and it then appeared!!!! Formatted and everything working OK now. Thx for the advice
     
  5. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2001
    Messages:
    37,432
    Good work
     
  6. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Similar Threads - Solved 500GB Hard
  1. aqg6
    Replies:
    27
    Views:
    563
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/752339

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice