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    WD External Hard Drive

    A friend bought a WD external hard drive that supposedly is an 80 GB hard drive. When formatted, however, it shows only 56 GB. I thought that the allocation unit size might make a difference (I reset it to 512 bytes from 4096 bytes) but it still came up 56 GB. What could have caused this to happen? It is formatted to NTFS using Windows XP.

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    Re: WD External Hard Drive

    this may be a silly question, but did you check it for existing partitions? a drive will generally have less space than advertised - but not that big of a difference.
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    Re: WD External Hard Drive

    SInce you have formatted it as NTFS please reformat again with the cluster size/allocation unit size set to/defaulting to 4 kB. You will regret having it at 512 bytes...

    Have a look in Disk Management for the properties of the partition(s) on the hard disk(s)...

    Click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
    In the console tree in the window "Computer Management (Local)", click Storage then Disk Management.

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