Format an external hard drive using windows 7?? Im having issues.

How can i Wipe/Reformat an external hard drive using windows 7 that was previously formatted by Windows 8. i know the size of the drive, 1TB, but Windows 7 will only let me see a small partition 1/4 of it ?? I got this drive 2nd hand and it runs fine. But it came out of a Windows 8 comp and now as my external drive i can only see 1/4 of it.  When i tried to format it i could only format 1/4 of it. I then tried to change some settings in <Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Devices and Printer/The Device In Question/> but there was nothing i could do there. I could however see the other 3/4TB but i could do nothing to it. Not properties, nothing.

Normally it should show the whole size. Does it also show only 1/4 size in the Format Dialog Box?
Go here:
Start->Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management
From here you can See your drive while its connected and find if a part of the drive is left out or not. If it is then you can merge it with the current partition and format it out. Remember to Backup your data before doing anything.

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Last updated February 28, 2018 Views 136 Applies to: