Question about LaCie (300770) 250 GB Hard Drive

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Thinks it's full

There seems to be nothing in my external drive and yet when I open the icon it only has space for 232 gbs. Where are the other 18????
Then when I try to backup my only 80gb hard drive, it tells me to delete something from the external drive?? 
What is going on here?

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  • kristine augustyn Jul 27, 2008

    What about the problem of not being able to back anything up on to  my completely empty external drive?

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Try restarting computer with Vista cd. Then delete partition of external drive with vista. Creat new partion and format partition. Then exit and restart without cd! See if that does the trick!

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

  • Igor Ceke Jul 31, 2008

    Try also reformating harddrive in my computer. Make sure to select right FAT format as well. FAT32 for windows xp and windows 98. For Vista it is NTFS FAT format. Sometimes they play up in Vista. If none of this helps, try plugging in to another usb port for computer to reinstall item. Let me know if that works. Just, thought of something else! Try plugging harddrive into another computer and startup that computer. When it starts it should clean any errors. Then see if opens and try again on your computer.

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The problem is actually that hard drive manufacturers report their hard drive sizes in terms of Giga and mega, thus 1000x and 1000000x. The problem is that a computer reads every thing in bits and bytes, which is a binary number system. One giga byte on a computer is 1024 megabytes, but Hard drive manufacturers report it as 1000 megabytes. Thus you can see the hard drive manufacturers aren't really giving you 250GB on the computers terms.

As far as your back up problem, I would reccommend breaking up the backup into smaller chunks. Try 40gb and 40gb, and if that doesn't work, then 20gb 20gb 20g and 20gb.

Hope this helps.

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232 gbs is normal, a 250 GB hard drive has generally less space than 250 GBs, the actual size of the disk depends on the way used to format it.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008

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    Ginko Jul 28, 2008

    If your system disk is full it will give you error even when copying into an empty disk.
    Start copying files in small groups and deletend them from original disk.
    And correct the bad rating given thanks.


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