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Re: 160 gig external storage
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
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I'm guessing the HDD needs to be reformatted. To reformat... ALERT THIS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING ON YOUR HARD DRIVE. if there is import information that is not backed up, back it up on a computer that recognizes the drive. Go to control panel in the start menu, then to system and security, then Administrative tools, then computer management, then storage, Disk management,
This will list all storage devices that are connected to the computer. Based on the names you should be able to tell which one is the western digital. Right click, format and follow the formatting wizard. Format the drive as NTFS. Allocate all available space to 1 NTFS partition unless you would like multiple partitions.
If you have XP installed on this drive and it is functioning correctly it would be best to use a third party software to resize the C drive or create an additional partition with the free space that you are not seeing. Installing an application like Acronis Disk Director or Partition Magic will give you much more flexability on your storage space.
This is a freeware software link below for EASEUS Partition Manager.
for usb drive with capacity above 4 GB , the most common problem is lost partition, for geeting the patition again you should create it manually with partition tools software like, acronis , magic partition or etc, that support to read usb partition. you could find it all within hiren's boot cd if you had one.
It sounds as if you have a system partition and a data partition on one hard drive. The one that you can not access is your restore partition and is needed to restore the system should it become corrupted.
You can format the restore drive and us it, but it will leave you without a restore option. It would be best to buy an inexpensive external hard drive. 1TB external drives are dropping in price and will increase your storage capacity 1,024GB.
It sounds like your OS (windows XP+, I presume, as it's NTFS) is reading the wrong partition information from the hard disk.
Use this (free) partition software to delete all partitions on the external drive (and make VERY sure that it's pointing at the external, and not your main hard disk!). http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm ...so delete all partitions; make a new one and see if that is 250 GB. If yes, format. Sorted. If no, you could try editing the partition table directly with this: ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/tools/pq/utilities/PTEDIT32.zip ...you'll again have to be careful you're working on the right hard disk. To use this, you'll need to know the number of heads, cylinders etc. This data might be on a label on the disk (inside the external drive case), or you might be able to get it from the disk's manufacturer; either on their website or by emailing their tech support.
If editing the partition table doesn't work, or if the numbers keep reverting/changing, then it's highly likely that the hard disk is stuffed. Only thing to do then is replace the hard disk in the external case (make sure you swap for the same type: IDE for IDE and SATA for SATA); or explore your warranty options.