partition, when I tried to access it one day it said drive is not formatted and
I can’t access my files in the drive. After I formatted the drive, from 31GB
the free space is only 10GB. I tried to reformat it again and it’s still the
same. The filesystem is fat32. Is there any way I can fix this? I bought the
harddisk like a year ago.
The part that concerns me most is why did the behavior change? I assume that
you were able to access the partition we’re talking about without problem
Unfortunately in reformatting, you’ve probably lost any data that may have
been out there. That’s partly what reformatting commonly does: erase the
contents of the drive being formatted.
But I sense a little more confusion as well.
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You mention that the drive has three partitions. Partitions are simply a way
to divide up the space on a single hard drive into different logical drives. So
if, for example, your hard drive is 31gig in size, and has three equal sized
partitions, then I’d expect each partition to be about 10gig in size.
When you reformat a drive, you’re really only reformatting one partition. So
when you do that, it erases all the files on that partition, and the result is
free space equal to the size of the partition.
In other words, if you have a 31gig drive, and three 10gig partitions, I’d
expect pretty much what you’re seeing after you reformatted the drive.
Now, if what you mean is that the hard drive is larger than 31gig,
and that the single partition on that hard drive should be 31gig, but
formats out to only 10gig, then that’s a different problem entirely. In fact,
I’m not even sure what kind of problem that might be.
If this is Windows XP, I’d start with the disk manager and see what it
thinks you really have. Get to the disk manager by:
- right click on My Computer
- click on Manage
- click on disk management
That will show you all the physical hard drives on your system and within
each, the logical drives that each contains.
Once those expectations are cleared up, I would check with the manufacturer
of that drive to see if they have any diagnostic software that you might run
against it to help understand why the failure happened in the first place.