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Opened a 500GB External found a 1TB

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  • Western Digital
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Last response: in Storage
December 27, 2012 6:56:17 PM

I opened a Western Digital 500gb HDD and I found a 1TB WD Caviar Green inside. Why have I only been able to use less than 500GB of this thing an dif hteres a way to utilize the full 1tb, doesn't it make it cheaper to buy externals, then open them to use them as internals?

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a c 159 G Storage
December 27, 2012 7:03:58 PM

maybe the other 500 is bad.
a b G Storage
December 27, 2012 7:08:50 PM

Does it show in Disk Management as a 1-tb drive?

Green drives are usually slower (measured as rpm(s)). In general, external drives cost more when you are comparing apples vs. apples, Ie, 1-TB internal 7200 RPM(s) vs an 1-TB external 7200 RPM(S).
a c 459 G Storage
December 28, 2012 4:53:50 AM

If the drive reports a capacity of 500GB, then perhaps WD has cut the size of the drive with a HPA.

Try to restore the full native capacity with a tool such as HDAT2 or HDD Capacity Restore Tool.

HDD Capacity Restore Tool:

HDAT2/CBL Hard Disk Repair Utility:

For example, to "change the native size" of your HDD, see page 5 of the HDAT2 user guide: