Tips to restore an unallocated external hard drive

What is unallocated space on a hard drive? What is the technique to restore an unallocated external hard drive?


External hard drives are storage devices used to store digital informations such as music, movies, files and even software. External hard disks are available in different capacities such as 250 GB, 500 GB etc. External hard drive can act as the backup for the internal hard drive of the system. External hard drives are connected outside to the system using data cables. These external hard drives allow the user to store large amount of information, sensitive documents, etc. Most of the hard drives also provide strong security mechanisms to prevent the device against all kind of attacks. Unallocated spaces are the free space or available disk space which is not allocated to any volume. We can create new volumes to these spaces but depend on the disk type. External hard drive connected to the system work with the operating system only after the proper partition of the hard drive and by formatting to file system. File system allow the operating system to store all files in a proper hierarchy.


Description about unallocated space on external hard drive and the technique to restore unallocated external hard drive are explained below:




  • Unallocated space on hard drive

  • Need to restore external hard drive

  • Restore unallocated external hard drive



Unallocated space on hard drive



Unallocated hard drive space of external hard drive refers as ‘Free space’. Unallocated space of the hard disk can be used by the operating system to write the new data. A formatted external hard drive connected to the system, virtually all the spaces are assigned as unallocated. However, we can restore the unallocated hard drive space easily. On a new external hard disk the unallocated space is zero. Attack of viruses and spyware lead the allocated space of the hard disk to unallocated.



Need to restore external hard drive



Without restoring the unallocated space of external hard drive, operating system fails to work with the external hard drive. There are several reasons for the unallocated space of the hard disk and can be converted to allocated system with the help of Windows operating system. We can partition the external hard disk with the help of Windows Disk Management Console which allow the operating system to allocate space on the hard disk.



Restore unallocated external hard drive


We need to restore the unallocated external hard drive in order to work the hard drive with the operating system. We can allocate these spaces into partitions and can format it into file system. To restore the unallocated hard drive, select ‘Control Panel’ from the ‘Start’ menu. Choose ‘Administrative Tools’ icon and select ‘Computer Management’. Then click on ‘Disk Management’ under the ‘Storage section’. Then right click on the unallocated space of the hard drive and click on ‘Create Partition’. Then follow onscreen instruction to restore an unallocated hard disk space.




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