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Harddrive space problem.

Hi. trekstor 160gb harddrive.only used 18gb space.
unit says only 20gb free space left.confused as to
what happened to the other 120gb.
only purchased 2 weeks ago
hope you can help
thanks

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When the HDD was fornatted, was it formatted appropriately? It's quite possible to format a 160GB HDD to present a smaller amount of space.

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