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I have an Iomega MiniMax Hard Drive that was previously formatted for a Mac. It is supposed to be 500gb but when I format it for my PC it only shows about 234gb in the primary partition. How can I regain the other half of the space it should have?

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Connect your harddisk to computer.
Then right click on my computer icon then click on "Manage"
then click on "Disk Management"

then find your removable device then you find unpartitioned space create new partition .then check.

Also check jumper settings of your harddisk.
It should not be on 16 bit or 32 bit in hardisk.

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