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I reformated the hard drive befor i put Ubuntu on it. I put windows and Ubuntu on it they both work great but in Ubuntu it will not show the 500 gb hard drive it shows a 50 gb hard drive that doesnt appear in windows. i just need to know how to get the 500 gb to appear and info would help thanks.

Ps i tried a bunch of other web sites and they didnt work so please do not direct me to a complicated website, thanks.

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! We need more hardware information to help you, can you look at this question and then edit your question adding the information. Regards, –  Ringtail Mar 23 '12 at 20:57
    
It is a 500 gb hard drive it is a sea gate hard drive in a AMD computer tower, motherboard is almostbrand new everything is almost brand new. –  Matt Mar 23 '12 at 21:05
    
Are you sure it's not detected? Is there anything in the /media folder? What does sudo fdisk -l show? You can edit the question to add this info. –  Lev Levitsky Mar 23 '12 at 22:03
    
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It sounds like you are having a partition problem, if you imagine a hard drive as a whole pie, partitions would be slices of that. In order to have two operating systems on your machine, when you installed Ubuntu; partitions we're created; these partitions represent their own "drive" so this may be the reason that you only see 50 GB of your 500 GB hard drive in Ubuntu. As for windows, you will have to use 3rd party software to view your Ubuntu partitions in it; they do not run off the same type of file system!

Windows pretty much runs on file systems know as NFTS and FAT32, while Ubuntu runs on a file system known as ext4; so mounting a ext4 drive in Windows is a daunting task; its better to let a program do it than to mingle on it in your own. Imagine NFTS and ext4 as french and tagalog; they just do not speak to each other.

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So do you have a sugestion of what i should do? –  Matt Mar 23 '12 at 21:17
    
@Matt I really need to know what you are attempting to accomplish, if you are running a fresh install of Ubuntu; you might want to consider gParted. If you use that, you can shrink your windows partition and grow your Linux partition to have more storage room. There is no way really to make a "mutual" storage space on one hard drive between windows and linux. Keep in mind that windows 7 has a large install size and might hose up 40 Gigabytes of you 500GB drive right there. –  RSX-1327 Mar 23 '12 at 21:22
    
@RSX-1327 The problem is that the Windows partition is not detected in Ubuntu, as far as I could understand. –  Lev Levitsky Mar 23 '12 at 21:59
    
@Matt If you go to your home folder in Ubuntu labeled Home and click the < arrow infront of it a new file path should appear File System < Home < [HOME] if you view all of the folders here; you should see on labeled Windows this is your Windows File Directory. –  RSX-1327 Mar 24 '12 at 1:13
    
Hey guys im sorry i just found out that it had NTFS on it so i should probobly reformat it using a different file system any ideas of what file system to use. –  Matt Mar 24 '12 at 20:54
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