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Reformatting a 2tb external hdd

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  • Hard Drives
  • Western Digital
  • Partition
  • External Hard Drive
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July 31, 2010 6:05:48 PM

i have a 2tb western digital external hdd. it has 2 ntfs partitions. i wanted to make one of them a fat 32 partition. i deleted the one which i wanted to reformat. now i can't find it. when the hdd is plugged it shows on one partition. the other 1tb has disappeared.

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July 31, 2010 6:49:12 PM

Maybe I'm missing something, but if you deleted the partition, then I don't understand why you're surprised that you can't find it. That's what deleting the partition is supposed to do - get rid of it.
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August 1, 2010 5:32:11 AM

sminlal said:
Maybe I'm missing something, but if you deleted the partition, then I don't understand why you're surprised that you can't find it. That's what deleting the partition is supposed to do - get rid of it.


Sure, but the 1tb space it used to hold should be somewhere. i can't find that.
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a c 415 G Storage
August 1, 2010 5:46:42 AM

OK, so what program are you using to look at the space on the disk?

Explorer will only show you partitioned space - any unpartitioned space is simply ignored.

Disk Management should show you the entire drive, including partitioned and unpartitioned space. You run disk management using:

Start -> right-click "Computer" and select "Manage" -> click "Disk Management" in the left pane.

Be sure to look in the LOWER portion of Disk Manager's right pane.
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