Solved 500GB HGST Mobile Touro external HDD now 32GB

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April 2, 2014 at 07:33:13
Specs: Windows XP, Intel pentium D 2gig
I purchased a Mobile Touro drive about six months ago and all was fine - i had all my phone pictures backed up on it's 500gig - i guess it was half full.

Next stop my sons windows 8 laptop started playing up and stated that it needed to store a boot drive back up on an external drive.

So i plugged in my Touro not for one moment realizing that i was about to delete all my photo's as for windows to create the boot drive it formatted all 500gig so it could create a 32gig's gone!

As you can imagine i was gutted but decided to move on..........fortunately some photo's remained elsewhere..........a few!

Anyhow now i want to use the Touro to make a backup of my windows system and files that in my case is about 120gigs and guess what? i can ony get to 32 gigs on the Touro........even if i format i still cant find the 450 plus missing gigs.

Sorry so long - your help would be appreciated.

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April 2, 2014 at 07:59:28
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Delete all the partitions for external drive in disk management then create new single partition.
How To Access Disk Management in Windows XP

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April 2, 2014 at 08:44:52
Cheers for the follow up Kuwese - forgive me for my caution but i'm in there as your link details and i have a view of the unallocated partion.

1. I note that the PC's main harddrive is only using 128 gigs of it's possible 500 - is it possible to make any of the 370 unallocated gigs available to windows or is it that the PC is only capable of using the 128.............or could i somehow just create a back up virtual drive with the 370 just for say dumping photo's?

2. As for my original plug in mobile Touro drive question - I can now see the missing unallocated portion......all 432gigs but not sure how to remove the partion between it and the 32 that windows 8 so kindly created when it got rid of all my photo's.

Gee, i sure hope you can make sense of this!

Regards BongoFury.

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April 2, 2014 at 08:55:32
I just deleted the partion and it is now undergoing format for NTFC and it shows as one whole drive 465.76 gigs so presume just a matter of time.

Still interested as to if i can somehow grab hold of the unallocated gigs on my main hard drive without killing windows? Hmmm!

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April 2, 2014 at 11:11:21
Just create new partition out of 370 GB of an allocated space and windows will see it right away.

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April 2, 2014 at 15:42:32
The original version of xp was only able to see up to 128 gig per partition. That's probably why it's set up that way. Once the SP updates were added that was no longer a problem but the original partition remained unchanged.

There is software to resize a partition but as kuwese recommends, it's usually safer to just use the additional space as a separate drive.

The 32 gig drive windows 8 created that started the problem was probably FAT32 and not NTFS as windows doesn't like FAT32 partitions to be larger than 32 gig. Changing the partition type would have made recovering the photos next to impossible.

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April 2, 2014 at 17:04:20
Thanks Dave, i'm getting wiser all the way along - that was interesting about the 128gig limit.......I knew it was limited somehow but thought it was maybe down to PC's lack of grunt or similar, as i remember when i put in the 500gig HD i was somewhat miffed only to see it run the 128 - C'est La Vie!

The photo's was a real slap - i always double back such stuff up but had only taken them off the desk-top a couple of days earlier having looked at the folders for months!.....all ironically so as to do a defrag that refused to run as i was so short on space.........definitely no photo return!!!.

Quick point - do you reckon if i formatted some of that 337gig of space.....say 250gig i could put Linux on that secondary space is that what they call a virtual drive??

Sorry so long.

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April 2, 2014 at 18:24:26
Yeah you should be able to. You'd set up the xp boot loader to give a menu on which OS to boot from. You'd need to be careful not to overwrite the xp install with linux. I've never had reason to use a dual boot setup so you may want to wait for someone to post in with specifics on that.

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April 2, 2014 at 23:59:19
Cheers Dave, I thought it could be a bit on the dangerous side - i'll hold fire on an exact procedure - presumably it could be done but i could do without trashing windows.


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