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I set up my external hard drive that had 1.5TB of space as a recovery drive, and afterwards it showed that I have 32GB of space. Is there any way I can get my space back?

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Which OS are you using, and how exactly did you set it up as a recovery drive? Also, I take it you no longer want to use it for recovery purposes?

If you're using Windows 7 or older, go to Start / Run / diskmgmt.msc, right-click and delete all existing partitions on the drive. Then you can create a new simple volume and format as NTFS.

In Windows 8 since there's no Start button any more, just press Windows Key+X to bring up the Power User Menu and select Disk Management:


If you're using Linux, fire up GParted and do the same.

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Using Windows. I used the create a recovery drive setting on windows 8(was trying to get id of it.). Yes, that is correct. – jatmdm Feb 7 '13 at 22:17
Just use a small >= 256MB flash drive for it and keep it safe somewhere. – Karan Feb 7 '13 at 22:23
Thanks, I fixed it! – jatmdm Feb 7 '13 at 22:39

Right click on the drive and click Format

For File System, choose NTFS

Click Format

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