portable hard drive

  chinaplate 14 Aug 12
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i have a iomega select portable hard drive usb 2.0 with what should be 500 gb...properties state 66.3 gb available !somethings gone amiss,any advice as to what ? thanks

  wee eddie 14 Aug 12

What machine are you trying to read it on?

Is it USB Powered or does it need an External Power Source?

  chinaplate 14 Aug 12

windows 7 laptop i'v put video on portable hard drive which plays ok via vlc.just can't understand why its not showing the 500 gb it should be.done a google and only answer seems to be reformat the drive

  wee eddie 14 Aug 12

Don't even think about that. Many many too many possibilities to investigate yet.

Highest on the list is Murphies Law!

Have you tried turning off your Lappy > disconnecting the External Drive > turning the Lappy back on > re-connecting the External Drive > then looking at its contents?

  wee eddie 14 Aug 12

"66.3gb available" means about 400+gbs already in use.

What other files might you have on it?

  Terry Brown 16 Aug 12

I do not know a great deal about windows7, however if you can acess HELP and Computer Management, you should be able to see the disk and any unformatted partitions.

With XP you also have the option to OPEN the drive to see contents.

There is possibly a better way to do this in W7 perhaps someone can advise.

You should also from Windows Explorer be able to go to the option to show all files and select show all hidden and system files, which will tell you where the space (if it exists) is.

Terry

  frybluff 16 Aug 12

You've not got anything, on there, that's created its own discrete/reserved partition?

In "computer", something like Acronis Secure Zone (for example), will show up only as a seperate "system file", with nothing to show its size, or where it's located. You can then be left wondering why your actual drive, there, is only showing a small amount of a small drive "free".

  manoj9585 18 Aug 12

If you are using for permanent documents, life time pictures/videos or anything that you have no backup in your desktop computer, I would prefer to use a hard drive over flash drive. flash drives don't have any specific life expectancy, so it can break/stop working any time without any reason. So there is more chance to lose your files by using flash drive.coffee mug

  chinaplate 20 Aug 12

hi thanks for replies (i'v been away from home for a couple of days) problem fixed by downloading Easus Partion Magic and resize/move partition. i'm no techy but a few clicks and there you go.Thanks again.

  chinaplate 20 Aug 12

hi thanks for replies (i'v been away from home for a couple of days) problem fixed by downloading Easus Partion Magic and resize/move partition. i'm no techy but a few clicks and there you go.Thanks again.

  wee eddie 20 Aug 12

There's very little point in Partitioning an External Hard Drive

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