200 Gb Firewire Hard Drive only showing 127 Gb

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Rico, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. Rico

    Rico Guest

    So here is the issue. I have a Seagate HD and Windows Vista Premium. I
    wanted to reformat it is a 200Gb drive. When I formatted it I lost some of
    it's size. It is formatted and it is only showing 127 Gb and seems to work
    but I lost over a quarter of the drive space. Anybody have any indes? I
    even tried a USB enclosure same problem.
    Rico, Sep 10, 2007
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  2. You formatted the drive in fat32 format using Windows XP. This is limited to
    roughly 130 gig maximum size. You can format fat32 to larger sizes by using
    3rd party tools. What you should really do is format the drive with to the
    NTFS standard, which all current Windows operating systems understand.



    Richard Urban
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    Richard Urban, Sep 10, 2007
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  3. Rico

    Juarez Guest

    Or format two FAT32 partitions instead of just one.
    Juarez, Sep 10, 2007
  4. Rico

    amarillo Guest

    so what if it was formatted in NTFS and still only shows 127 gb? NTSF
    shows up as the default. I have a 300gb Seagate and didnt want to
    partition it. When i got it, it only showed up as 127gb. i formatted and
    got nothing. I went to computer management and was able to partition, i
    have full use, but dont want the partitions. any suggestions? im running
    vista home premium 32bit.
    amarillo, Nov 25, 2007
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