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Old 07-19-2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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USB drive capacity much less then actual

I have two WD Passports, a 500GB and a 750GB with NTFS file systems. However, when I plug them into Slackware they are both reported to be 160GB.

Is there a limit.

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Where do you see the size shown as 160GB, file manager or command line? I had this issue long back with my 8GB NTFS partitioned USB drive which was being reported as 5GB, turned out somehow I had created two partitions on it, one 5GB NTFS and 1 un-formatted.
Can you install partition editor from /extra and then see what does it see?

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Manufacturers use powers of 1000 to describe disk space. But the OS uses powers of 1024, and that difference soon adds up.

However, for a situation like yours this can't be the problem. Maybe you partitioned it wrong? Could you post the output of
sudo fdisk -l

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Old 07-20-2014, 11:02 AM   #4
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The size being reported is the size of the formatted partition. You should take a look at the entire drive with a partitioning utility such as partitionmanager.

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