I HAVE TRASHED EVERYTHING I HAD ON MY EXTERNAL DRIVE YET IT STILL SAYS I HAVE 19 GIG AVAILABLE INSTEAD OF SAYING THAT I SHOULD HAVE 40 GIG,SINCE THERE IS NO DATA ON THE DRIVE.
I AM USING A MAC AND IM RUNNING TIGER.
Are you familiar with hidden files and/or using the Terminal application? Hidden files could be the cause of your disk usage and you could use Terminal to verify and remove the files.
The easiest way to erase the drive and restore the space, though, is to use Disk Utility and erase the partition.
Open Disk Utility
Select the Volume name
Click the Erase tab
Click the Erase button
BE SURE YOU HAVE NOTHING ON THE DRIVE THAT YOU WANT!
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I assume you want an external enclosure for this drive. Hard drives are built to standard dimensions and have the same power and data connectors, so any enclosure designed for a 3.5-inch IDE drive would work. Here's one I've bought several of for myself and others, and it's been reliable. There are many more available from many vendors. Just be sure you get one designed for IDE drives or that will take both IDE and SATA. If you get one meant for SATA only, the connectors inside won't fit your drive. Which enclosure you finally choose will depend on which you think is best (based on price, appearance, reviews, or whatever you look for), but any one will work.
Probably not the right answer for your problem. Mine is an external 1 TB Simple Drive. Mine wouldn't respond at all. I unplugged the power cable from the back of the hard drive and replugged it in and instantly it worked (with the computer and hard drive plugged in). I had tried rebooting the computer, plugging/unplugging over and over into the computer and that didn't work.
When your drive is in RAW format, the best thing you can do is try to
recover the files and then get the hard drive replaced. I would
recommend trying the trial version of this program:
If that doesn't work, let me know, and I'll see if I can come up with another way to solve the problem
It seems to me that when the drive was partitioned, the whole thing was not partitioned. If using Windows XP you can go under the Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management and then Disk Management. You should be able to see the drive and if any unpartitioned space is available.
Plug In your external drive!
if you have any data back it up!(you said it was new so i assume there little to none)
Go to start->run type diskmgmt.msc
In the bottom pane look for your external drive! If there is a partition, right click and delete!
Now the drive should appear full black on disk management! If not delets any other partitionin the drive.
(Make sure you are deleting the external drive partition(s))
Now you can create drives by right clicking on the drive and click create partition! It should bring up a wizard which gives you the option to format, set partition sizes and everything!!
If you don't wanna go through all that check out a third party software called Partition Magic: http://www.partitionmagic.com/home_homeoffice/products/overview.jsp?pcid=sp&pvid=pm80
hope this was helpful,