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October 14, 2011 1:14:03 PM

Hi, i recently bought a 1 tb external HD and i was told had to be reformated to FAT 32 instead of NTFS like it was. I have windows xp software on my computer so to be able to change the external HD to FAT32 i had to delete the old partition. When i did that i lost half the storage space on my external HD. I thought by reformating it back to NTFS it would fix it but it didn't. So i want to know if i can restote the lost space on my external HD. Please help.

Thanks in advance,
Mhrh
October 14, 2011 1:45:56 PM

When you go into Admin tools, Computer Management; what do you see listed for the drive in disk management? Does it say 1TB or something else?
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October 14, 2011 1:52:46 PM

when reformatting did you change the cluster size to a smaller value?
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October 14, 2011 2:06:54 PM

Longliverock1974 it says something else. Do you have a solution to this problem?
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October 14, 2011 2:08:50 PM

Electrontau i don't think so but i'm not sure.
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October 14, 2011 2:23:32 PM

I don't. I hoped maybe it would say you have XX formatted space and XX unformatted space.
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October 14, 2011 2:34:50 PM

Ok thanks anyways.
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October 14, 2011 3:57:54 PM

As you have found out, you can't create a fat32 partition bigger than 32GB with windows. Delete the partition and recreate it and format it using fat32formatter. It worked perfect for me.

http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/
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October 14, 2011 4:11:37 PM

Will i get back my 1 tb by doing that?
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October 14, 2011 4:49:21 PM

Fat32 can create partitions up to 2Tb, so it will work. Since formatting is destructive, be sure to back up any data on that drive first.

Using fat32formatter, delete all partitions and create a new one that is the full size of the drive, then format.
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