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External Hard Drive Help

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by AlfieWest42, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. AlfieWest42

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    Joined: Nov 21, 2018

    Posts: 3

    I formatted my 500gb external hard drive to a fat32 so I could put the windows installer on it as I wanted a clean install of windows. Now I'm struggling to find a way to revert my external hard drive back to it's 500gb, as it is stuck at 32gb. Can anyone help me with how to restore it to the original format?

    Thanks
     
  2. marc2003

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 6, 2004

    Posts: 19,652

    Location: England

    Make sure you've copied anything you want to keep on to another drive. Now open disk management (should be on the menu if you right click the start button) and you should find your drive. From there you can right click the 32GB partition and delete it. Now right click in the "unallocated space" and you can create a new NTFS partition that takes up all the space.

    edit: if you don't have "disk management" when right clicking your start button, press the WINKEY + R at the same time to open the "run" dialog and enter

    Code:
    diskmgmt.msc
     
  3. AlfieWest42

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    Joined: Nov 21, 2018

    Posts: 3

    Thank you very much for the help