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Windows 7: Hard Drive capacity question.


24 Aug 2012   #1

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Hard Drive capacity question.

With the intention of gaining extra storage capacity I have added a 1TB internal hard drive to my windows 7 PC. It shows up DATA (E) but is only showing a capacity of 449GB. This drive came from a friend who was disposing of components from a dead Windows 7 PC.
Why does the drive not show full capacity.?


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24 Aug 2012   #2

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Likely someone partitioned it.
Anything useful on there, or is it blank?
If there is, you can either: transfer everything on it to another harddrive, then reformat that drive to use the 1tb in a single partition; or, create a second 500gb partition.
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24 Aug 2012   #3

vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xarden View Post
Likely someone partitioned it.
Anything useful on there, or is it blank?
If there is, you can either: transfer everything on it to another harddrive, then reformat that drive to use the 1tb in a single partition; or, create a second 500gb partition.
The partition that I can see is blank. I would welcome advice on how to format the whole drive and get rid of the partition.
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24 Aug 2012   #4

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Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can see what is going on.

You could have mulitple partitions.

Or you could have a single partition and a large amount of unpartitioned space.
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24 Aug 2012   #5
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You can do it with these commands in an elevated Command Prompt:

Diskpart
List disk

Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your disk in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary
Format fs=ntfs quick
assign letter=X (where X is a letter of your choice)
Exit
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25 Aug 2012   #6

vista
 
 

Thank you all very much for your advice. I now have a clean hard drive with just one partition and a full 1TB of space.
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