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40GB Hard Drive Shows 2GB


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Hello, I have a seagate 40GB hard drive. I had my computer partioned recently, and all my work/files cannot be acessed. Also, The hardrive only lists the total size as 1.99 GB. The file system is FAT. I've tried to search for the files on all my computers but, they still register 1.99GB.

Is there any possible way to acess the files?

Thanks in advance.
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Fat 16 only creates 2gig partitions

You might be able to retrieve the partition by using 3rd party software

Can be expensive or you could try something like hiren's boot cd 9.1
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FAT/FAT16 is limited to a partition size of no more than 2GB - hence that's why your 40GB disk is reporting only 2GB total size. Whoever partitoned it for you has not done it right -- FAT/FAT 16 is never used nowadays, and certainly not for Windows XP. A 40GB disk is quite small by todays standards and should really be set up with just one partition occupying the total capacity of the disk using either FAT32 or, preferably, NTFS which is what most XP installations run on since it provides for a more stable system than FAT32.

As for accessing your files currently on the disk, I confess I've no idea.

Edited by pip22, 12 August 2007 - 01:35 PM.

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Thanks for the replies, I Understand that in the world of tetrabyte hard drives that the 40 gb is a little small, but it did what i needed it to do.
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