1.    23 Apr 2016 #1
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    external hard drive


    Hello everyone I am new to Tenforums. I am trying to get an external hard drive to show up so I can use it. It shows up in the disc management it is a 2TB of storage but it shows up as 127mb I don't understand it. It is a g drive I have attached an image of what shows up I hope you can understand what I mean?????????? Kind regards Jim
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    Last edited by jimmer123; 23 Apr 2016 at 13:16.
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  2.    23 Apr 2016 #2
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    Hello Jimmer, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    It looks like you may have had an OS installed on the external drive at one time?

    Did you want to format the external drive, or just wanted to access what's already on it?

    If access, then you will need to add a drive letter to the middle "primary partition" on Disk 2 in your screenshot using OPTION ONE in the tutorial below.

    Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows - Windows 7 Help Forums

    If you wanted to format it to start fresh, then you can run the "clean" command on Disk 2 to wipe it, then format it.

    Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3.    23 Apr 2016 #3
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    Hello I could only change the drive letter on the 127mb fat the middle one which is the one I want to access is greyed out? I don't know what to do ?
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  4.    23 Apr 2016 #4
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    Do you mean that the Change Drive Letter and Paths option is grayed out in step 6 of OPTION ONE below?

    If so, then see if you may be able to use step 6 in OPTION THREE to do so in the command prompt for it. Be sure that you do so on the correct volume on disk 2.

    Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5.    23 Apr 2016 #5
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    No it is just greyed out in my computer management screen.? why have I got a new volume f with only 127mb on in the right hand side of computer management. Sorry if I don't understand I don't know to much about computers. I have to go for a while now but I will be back tomorrow ok but please help.
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  6.    23 Apr 2016 #6
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    That's ok. I'll be here when you're ready to continue.

    Did you need any of the data on the drive that you can't access right now? If not, then it'll be easier to temporarily copy what you want from the partition you can access to another disk, and run the "clean" command on the disk to get all the space back.
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  7.    24 Apr 2016 #7
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    Hello thank you for the reply, no I do not need any of the data so what do I do now (please make it easy lol) regards
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  8.    24 Apr 2016 #8
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    Ok, good.

    Once you open an elevated command prompt in Windows 10, ....

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

    .... you would just need to follow the tutorial below to run a "clean" (step 8) command for "disk 2" on your PC. Be sure click on the link in step 12 to create a new partition on the unallocated disk 2. This will allow you to use the drive with all its available space afterwards.

    Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command - Windows 7 Help Forums
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