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Maxtor hard drive format error

I plugged my hard disk and the computer (windows vista) asked me '' Format hard drive before you can use it''. I formatted it and after that to my surprise the storage capacity reduced from 500gb to 2gb...can I retrieve my storage capacity back???

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Yes, in vista you need to expand the volume. To do this you will need some guidance. A good site with pictorials so you can see the screen shots of what to do is http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial133.html

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