40GB hard drive only shows 32GB

By matbennett13590
Aug 12, 2008
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  1. Hi

    Both of the hard drives in my computer are 40GB, but one of them only has about 32GB accessible. it used to be in a 95 computer.
    Does anyone know how to access the other 8GB?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,424   +281

    Are you using it as the OS drive in a computer now? If not the easiest way is to copy the data you need off of it and on to another drive. Then to format it as FAT32 or NTFS, perhaps deleting the partition and recreating if a simple format doesn't fix it.

    This table: http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm seems show that maybe the reason you only see 32 gigs is because the drive was probably set up and formatted in the 95 computer, which would have had it limited to 32 gigs even with FAT32.
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