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1 TB ext drive and it only reads 31 G on properties?

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  1. Joe

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    I have a Toshiba ext drive that I haven't used in a few years. It is marked 1 TB capacity, but when I read properties it says capacity is 31 Gb. Could this be something to do with the last time I used this drive was on Win7 and now I'm on Win 10? I tried formatting it, but the capacity still comes up the same.
     
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    It could be the OS that you are running or the OS that you formatted it with. the partition size for earlier versions of windows was 32GB

    Partition Size. The size of the partition is restricted by the file system used. The older FAT 32 file system can support up to 2 TB with a minimum volume size of 512 MB, however, Windows XP can only format a FAT 32 volume of up to 32 GB.

    Solution:

    Copy off any data you need.
    Re-partition the drive using ex-FAT or NTFS
    You should see the entire 1TB.

    For more information on partition size and the 32GB limit, read this:

    https://www.partitionwizard.com/convertpartition/fat32-partition-size-limit.html
     
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    Tried exfat and NTFS and came up with the same result. 32 GB on a 1TB drive. Any other suggestions?
     
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    Did you delete the old partition first? If not, do so first. What OS are you partitioning with?

    This article should help:

    http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/220151en
     
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    Thank you. Some how it got a partition in it to prevent the use of the rest of the drive. All good now. Thanks!!:nworthy:
     
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