Windows 10: external HDD not showing true capacity

Discus and support external HDD not showing true capacity in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; when win ten first came out i used a 1TB external HDD to create a recovery drive now with a new laptop i decided to reformat the drive but widows says... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by dmesal, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. dmesal Win User

    external HDD not showing true capacity


    when win ten first came out i used a 1TB external HDD to create a recovery drive now with a new laptop i decided to reformat the drive but widows says it has only 32 GIG on it and dose not show any directories or anything? whats up*Sad

    :)
     
    dmesal, Apr 19, 2016
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  2. BossDweeb Win User

    List of external hard drives compatible with windows 10?

    New external HDD's would all be universally compatible with all modern Windows versions .

    - The external HDD enclosure needs to have connection options that suit your PC.

    If your case has an eSATA port you will want an external HDD that has an option for eSATA connection

    as this provides the same speed and an internal HDD.

    USB 3 is also preferable to USB 2, which is the slowest option, but an external HDD with USB 3 only will

    still run well from a USB 2 port.

    - Value per Gigabyte increases with larger capacity.

    .
     
    BossDweeb, Apr 19, 2016
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  3. Diplodose Win User
    Windows 10 recovery tool capacity

    Okay, not to sound rude Vanessa, but its pretty obvious what's happened here and the details you required are right in front of your face.

    Basically he has chosen an External HDD to create a media device (I assume to install windows 10). Now for some reason, Microsoft has found it necessary to reduce the capacity of the HDD.

    This means a 1TB HardDrive will become 32GB, this is because the process changes the capacity of the HDD. I know this because its happened to my 500GB HDD, which is now exactly 31.9GB.

    I have tried using HDDGuru to restore the capacity but sadly its not supported on Windows 10 (shamefully).
     
    Diplodose, Apr 19, 2016
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  4. philc43 Win User

    external HDD not showing true capacity

    Try formatting it again and use NTFS rather than FAT32.

    Alternatively if it is already in an NTFS format use Disk Management to examine the drive and right click on it to see if you can extend the volume to its full size.
     
    philc43, Apr 19, 2016
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  5. dmesal Win User
    will do, will try tonight many thanks (Under computer mngt) right
     
    dmesal, Apr 19, 2016
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  6. dmesal Win User
    i checked it out in disk mngt and found the space 800+ gig so i formated the drive and asigned a drive letter but i did not see a way to start from scratch and make it just one drive i used to be able to previously in DOS and such ?
     
    dmesal, Apr 20, 2016
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  7. Berton Win User
    Yeah, 32GB is a limit of Windows and FAT32 and Win10's procedure hits that limit, did it to me with a 64GB Thumb drive and Windows can't correct it except with NTFS. When I see the problem I boot to a GPARTED CD and can correct the partitioning issues, just did it today on a 1TB drive rescued from a computer to delete all the Win7 'extras', gives it a fresh [out-of-the-box] start when I will need it. GPARTED can format in several different types for use in other Operating Systems.
     
    Berton, Apr 20, 2016
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  8. dmesal Win User

    external HDD not showing true capacity

    Many thanks Gparted keeps popping on this forum I'll have to wait until i get in port to DL

    Many Thanks again
     
    dmesal, Apr 5, 2018
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