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Hard Drive question

Last response: in Components
September 26, 2011 1:46:32 PM

I used a brand new 500gb hard drive with a new computer and installed windows xp on it. I wasn't paying attention and it formatted the 500gb hard drive only to 127gb. I am now running it under windows 7 as a secondary hard drive for backup but I want the full capacity, what do I have to do to reformat the drive so that it recognizes the whole 500gb?

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September 26, 2011 1:57:38 PM

Delete the partition and repartition it and format it using disk manager.

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September 27, 2011 12:49:11 AM

use drive manage to extend the partition if the rest of the drive was never formatted.
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September 27, 2011 3:09:46 AM

Best answer selected by olympias72.
September 27, 2011 3:11:05 AM

This completely answered my question! thank you so much, and I learned something new. I always thought you had to wipe it out and reformat, that was far less painful than I imagined!
September 28, 2011 1:51:18 AM

thank you. I'm glad I could help.