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500GB Mini Station - How long to format to NTFS
« on: April 13, 2009, 05:28:41 am »
   

HI,

 

I hope someone can help.  Just got a new Mini station 500GB and accordingly need to reformat to NTFS.  Using Win Vista format, only showed 465GB but it has been taking more than 12 hours now and the formating still on-going.

 

Is there something wrong with my mini station?  How long should this process typically takes on my 500 GB station?

 

Thank you in anticipation

 

Garry


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Re: 500GB Mini Station - How long to format to NTFS
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2009, 03:55:54 pm »
A 500 GB format should take approximately 5 hours to complete. I know you probably did, but could you try rebooting your computer and see if the device is being found as an NTFS volume? If not try a full format again.

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Re: 500GB Mini Station - How long to format to NTFS
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009, 10:49:38 pm »
   Thanks mate. However, the format to NTFS took about 20 hours!! I did a full format. Is this normal to take this long since you mentioned 5 hours?? Do i need to send back the mini station to your service center for check? Last question, the capacity after NTFS format showed a 465GB capacity. Is this also normal on the 500GB mini station?? Many thanks Garry

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Re: 500GB Mini Station - How long to format to NTFS
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2009, 10:01:33 pm »

That is quite a while, but understandable especially if your computer is older. Try formatting on another computer to be sure.

 

Hard drive manufacturers typically define one gigabyte in powers of ten, that is 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Computers recognize a gigabyte as 2^30, or 1,073,741,824 bytes. So 500,000,000,000 bytes divided by 2^30 equals about 465 gigabytes as seen by your computer.


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Re: 500GB Mini Station - How long to format to NTFS
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2009, 02:16:08 am »
   

Thanks for the info. The full format was done using my Vaio TZ.  Anyway I have already started using the mini station and not likely wanting to reformat on another machine. 

 

Thanks again Collins

 

 

Regards

Garry