I rarely ask for help in forums because I'm the type of the guy who must solve problems immediately. Unfortunately, I'm slightly ignorant with computers. So I would like some help and along the way I'd like to be more educated about the stuff I use in my daily life. I'll try to be as specific as possible.
I just bought a 750GB WD My Passport Essential SE external Hard drive. It is my first time using an external hard drive and i mainly just stick with flash drives. They're simple and small and do the job.
Anyway, the main reasons I bought a new hard drive is because I would like to be able to watch movies/shows on my Xbox 360 using my external hard drive.
So when I put the hard drive in, it gives me all this trouble about downloading this software (apparently it comes with a software called WDSmartware) and makes me set up a password and started automatically backing up my entire computer. I started to regret the purchase because I'm just a simple guy who just wants to store files and watch movies. These extra features are completely unnecessary.
After going through the hassle of setting that up, I find out that my Xbox 360 can't even read the *censored* thing and I scour through the interwebs looking for an answer.. What i came upon (i don't know how much is true) is that i guess i need to reformat the external hard drive from NTSF to FAT32. I scour the interwebs once more and come across two options. MSDOS and this free software SwissKnife.
After a painful 2-3 hours of waiting for MSDOS to finish converting.. That's when the %$*$ tells me that my hard drive is too big to be converted so i go to option 2..
I don't know what happens (it's late and i'm tired) so i'll just make it simple
1. i deleted the primary partition
2. I created another partition with File System (Fat32)
and not even a minute passes by and it's finished converting.
Considering my bad luck with technology, I know it seems too good to be true so i check the hard drive and guess what?
Now i only have 200gb of space.
I tried converting it back to NTSF and it still gives me 200gb of space
So here are my questions:
1. What have i done?
2. What are partitions?
3. Did i permanently reduce my hard drive into 200GB worth of space?
4. What SHOULD i do?
thank you for your help in advance.. I'll go to sleep now..
oh and because i formatted it or deleted the primary partitions.. the programs and driver software that came with the external hard drive are deleted.. =(