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Recovery problem on ext HDD

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    Recovery problem on ext HDD


    Hi all, put w8 recovery on a 1TB ext HDD; Decided after to put on smaller HDD & copied to it.
    Now my 1TB ext HDD reads empty but only 31.9GO! Tried format & Seatools, which says everything ok.
    Can anyone tell me (gently) how to get my HDD to full capacity again?

    I would also like to delete the recovery from the main HDD & save space. I was given this option at the time but can't find it now?



    Thanks in advance
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by deebee View Post
    Hi all, put w8 recovery on a 1TB ext HDD; Decided after to put on smaller HDD & copied to it.
    Now my 1TB ext HDD reads empty but only 31.9GO! Tried format & Seatools, which says everything ok.
    Can anyone tell me (gently) how to get my HDD to full capacity again?

    Thanks in advance
    Dave

    Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using
    Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command - Windows 7 Help Forums

    I would also like to delete the recovery from the main HDD & save space. I was given this option at the time but can't find it now?
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED
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    Thanks theog, I'll give this a go tomorrow & let you know how got on
    atb
    db
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    Just put the HDD into an ext box & the pc wont even recognise it now.
    Box works with other HHD's

    db
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    Choose fat32 or ntfs for recovery


    Hi all, as above, just bought a 16GB USB stick to put my W8 recovery on.
    Should I leave this as Fat32 or format to NTFS for this purpose (& why might be useful in later life!!)
    cheers
    db
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    NTFS! FAT32 has a file size wirte limit of 4GBs. So, if you wanted to backup a system image, it would not work. NTFS! You can always reformat back to FAT32 if needed.
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    Thanks for the prompt reply.
    I don't understand the differences, but what you are saying is my stick on Fat 32 will only hold a quarter of the information that it will hold if I format to NTFS?
    In that case, when I buy a 16GB stick, why sell me one that will only hold 4GB unless I alter it?
    What is the advantage of Fat32?

    So, I need to reformat to NTFS to have enough memory to put on my W8 recovery?

    Also, as I have already stated, I don't understand this, so I am NOT trying to be a 'know it all' but I read somewhere else that you can format Fat 32 to NTFS but not the other way around?
    cheers Dave
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    I understand that you are not trying to be a know it all because you are asking questions; yes?

    You can format back and forth. See images below:

    Attachment 24283

    Attachment 24284

    Attachment 24285

    All are images of the SAME 16GB USB Flash Drive. When formatted as FAT32, I would not be able to save a 6GB .ISO file even though I (technically) had the room to store it.

    Attachment 24286
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    So, did my last post clear up any confusion? Do you have any more questions? Did I help you today?
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    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the ACER version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    When using the Acer or Windows Recovery USB app, the drive will be formatted to FAT32.
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