1TB drive only showing 595GB?

Mexbearpig

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Well I have a Western Digital hard drive. It is a 1TB drive that I used for Time machine a few times. Today I went to wipe the drive and deleted a few movies and my backups. The only file left is less than a GB. But it still only shows 595.16GB. In time machine it says 595.2GB available out of 9xxGB. Where did all the space go? :confused:
 

aethelbert

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Well if there's still a file remaining, I'll assume that you didn't format it. If you simply deleted files from it, then you may need to remount the disk. I often see on various platforms when the OS doesn't immediately recognize a large change in the amount of available space on a drive. If that doesn't work, formatting should.

Since the OS recognizes the full capacity of the partition/drive, it can't be unallocated space.
 

Ttownbeast

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Well I have a Western Digital hard drive. It is a 1TB drive that I used for Time machine a few times. Today I went to wipe the drive and deleted a few movies and my backups. The only file left is less than a GB. But it still only shows 595.16GB. In time machine it says 595.2GB available out of 9xxGB. Where did all the space go? :confused:
did you accidentally partition it and make half of the drive unused? this sounds like a formatting issue maybe you clicked the wrong ....um thingy.
 

Mexbearpig

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I don't think I did much to it. I just plugged it in and went to town with it. Put movies on it and 3 or 4 backups. Really didn't do anything complicated with it....
 

SDub90

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Did you remember to empty your trash? If you just move them to trash and never empty it - then the files are still on the drive.
 

Mexbearpig

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SDub90 You might be on to something. I started to empty the trash about 7 minutes ago. Items to delete so far: Almost 400,000. And counting
 

yg17

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SDub90 You might be on to something. I started to empty the trash about 7 minutes ago. Items to delete so far: Almost 400,000. And counting
If you have a lot to delete, and your intent is to have a clean drive, you might save some time by formatting it rather than deleting everything via Finder.
 

Mexbearpig

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Well not even half way through an it's back up to 848gb. Thank you all.
If you have a lot to delete, and your intent is to have a clean drive, you might save some time by formatting it rather than deleting everything via Finder.
There is one file left. It's a pretty useless file but it was included on the drive (WD_mac_tools). And I would rather not get into formatting and such. I really don't know much about it and don't need to. Thanks anyway.
 

Schtumple

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Well not even half way through an it's back up to 848gb. Thank you all.

There is one file left. It's a pretty useless file but it was included on the drive (WD_mac_tools). And I would rather not get into formatting and such. I really don't know much about it and don't need to. Thanks anyway.
That's fair enough, glad your issue was solved. Always is the simplest thing eh?
 

Xavier

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I had a 500gb harddrive fail and would only read 250gb. And then the whole thing failed soon there after.
 

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Well not even half way through an it's back up to 848gb. Thank you all.

There is one file left. It's a pretty useless file but it was included on the drive (WD_mac_tools). And I would rather not get into formatting and such. I really don't know much about it and don't need to. Thanks anyway.

That file is useless. Those files cause more problems than anything.
Honestly, it'd be best to just format it with an Erase in Disk Utility.
It just seems like a waste of time trying to figure out what file is taking up X amount of space. Also gets rid of any WD installed software on the drive.

Formatting is pretty easy and straight forward. Besides after formatting if it doesnt read the entire size of the drive then for sure you know something is wrong with the drive and time for a new one.
 
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