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Solved: Will setting a drive as a backup drive reduce what's shown as available space

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by adanedhel728, Jul 29, 2010.

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  1. adanedhel728

    adanedhel728 Thread Starter

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    Ok, this is a weird question, I know, but I don't know exactly how to Google this to find the answer.

    I have a 1.5 tb external drive (which shows up as something like 1.3 tb in Windows). I use it for storage, but now I have it set up to automatically back up my internal drive. Now it shows up as 1.04 tb in "My Computer." I looked in "Disk Management" and it seems to have three partitions, two of which have no drive letters assigned. So, I just have one quick question, is that normal?

    The reason I ask is because today I was messing around with dual-booting Ubuntu. I just wanted to make sure I didn't mess something up.

    To anyone who answers, thanks for putting up with a stupid question, lol.
     
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    What is the make and model of the external drive?
     
  3. adanedhel728

    adanedhel728 Thread Starter

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    It's a Seagate Freeagent. But I discovered the answer. It turns out, there was a complete Linux installation on a partition of the drive. I do not remember partitioning it or installing that, it was an accident, but naturally Windows could not see the ext4 partition.

    So, the answer is no, setting the drive as a backup drive will not shrink the apparent size of the drive. In fact, I found that the backup was a file in the root directory that was the same name as my computer.
     
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