320GB drive format to 232GB!???

By dave9296
Jan 13, 2008
  1. I have a 320GB Seagate external harddrive that shows 298GB in the Windows XP Explorer window (as it should) but when I right-click the drive and select "Format..." it only offers the "Capacity" option of 232GB! (as if it thinks I have a 250GB drive).

    Is this a Windows problem?

    Is there a way for me to format to the full 298GB?

    Many thanks in advance for your help!
  2. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

    you could try to boot your computer with the gparted live cd. it is a linux based boot cd with a very good disk utility which will handle, format and partition your drive.
    not sure if this is a windows error. I don't have drives larger than 160gig but I didn't hear about a behavior of hdd's like this before.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

  4. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

    its neither 32gig nor 137gig barrier in this case
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