External 6Tb Hard drive is now 1.5Tb!

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  1. Posts : 396
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit, Version 22H2 (OS Build 22621.1
       #1

    External 6Tb Hard drive is now 1.5Tb!


    My 6Tb external backup hard drive was having problems. I decided to reformat it. When I tried it failed & Windows identified it as a RAW drive, not NTFS.

    I tried Seagate Tools but that said the drive was okay. I deleted the volume & created a Simple Volume, then formatted to NTFS but it now only reads 1.5Tb. The only thing I can think of the portions of the drive had gone bad but 1.5Tb is still working.

    What happened? Can it be restored to the full 6Tb?
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  2. Posts : 35,400
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    This may help you work out what's going on:
    How to Break Hard Drive Limit in Windows 10 Easily?

    - needs to be GPT to see the whole as one disk.
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  3. Posts : 396
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit, Version 22H2 (OS Build 22621.1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    This may help you work out what's going on:
    How to Break Hard Drive Limit in Windows 10 Easily?

    - needs to be GPT to see the whole as one disk.
    Thanks, It is GPT but reads 1.46TB
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  4. Posts : 6,960
    windows 10
       #4

    Post a screen shot from disk management showing all details so we can see
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  5. Posts : 396
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit, Version 22H2 (OS Build 22621.1
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    Samuria said:
    Post a screen shot from disk management showing all details so we can see
    The drive is GPT.

    I use the drive in a miniStack v2.5 as a USB backup. It has run great for years until yesterday when it seemed to be lost finding it's last saved data point. I thought I'd just clean the drive by reformatting, then save my data new. The formatting failed & said the drive was RAW, not NTFS. I deleted the volume & created a Simple Volume, then formatted to NTFS but it now only reads 1.5Tb. The only thing I can think of the portions of the drive had gone bad but 1.5Tb is still working.
    The drive now says Unallocated but it can be NTFS but at only 1.5Tb.


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  6. Posts : 1,192
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H2
       #6

    You are not the first one with that problem.

    6tb external hard drive reads 1.5tb unallocated in Windows 10?
    6tb external hard drive reads 1.5tb unallocated in Windows 10?

    Check your BIOS to see if if you are booting using UEFI BIOS.

    If nothing else works have you tried Seagate's DiscWizard?

    Beyond 2TB
    Beyond 2TB |
    Seagate
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  7. Posts : 524
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    MisterEd said:
    You are not the first one with that problem.
    6tb external hard drive reads 1.5tb unallocated in Windows 10?
    6tb external hard drive reads 1.5tb unallocated in Windows 10?
    That's the same person.
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  8. Posts : 9,880
    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 21H2
       #8

    Hi @GARoss ,

    From your post #3 dated 31 Aug 2017 here in
    6tb external hard drive reads 1.5tb unallocated in Windows 10? ( Thanks to MisterEd )

    "Thanks. It appears the issue was because I had the new, unformatted drive setup as an external USB drive. I have since connected the drive in my case via SATA & now able to format to NTFS all 6Tb. I'll move it back to USB but I'm guessing it will be okay now that it's formatted."

    Have you tried formatting it directly (connected to the motherboard SATA ) as before? May be your vintage
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    Last edited by jumanji; 15 Jul 2020 at 04:33.
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  9. Posts : 2,227
    Windows 11 Pro 64bit
       #9

    I take it the drive showed the full 6Tb before the problem?
    Have you tried cleaning it via diskpart?
    Open powershell with admin & enter:
    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk X (where x is the number of the problem hard drive)
    clean
    exit

    Now go to disc management & it should ask you to initialise the drive, allow this, then format it.
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  10. Posts : 396
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit, Version 22H2 (OS Build 22621.1
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Stigg said:
    That's the same person.
    Good one, but I have already tried that. Still 1.5TB
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