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Restore/Reclaim Full Capacity of USB/SD/External Hard Drive without Losing Data

Updated on Dec 28, 2018 by Tracy King to Storage Media Recovery

Summary

USB, SD card or external hard drive etc devices are showing wrong size on your PC? Relax! Here this page will show you how to effectively restore and reclaim full capacity of USB/SD or external hard drive without losing data within 2 steps. Follow to restore USB/SD/external hard drive to its full capacity now.

USB/SD/External hard drive not showing full capacity, how to restore

Have you ever met this issue that your 34GB USB drive shows as 0 bytes on PC or laptop? And do you know what to do when SD card or external hard drive is not showing full capacity, instead, showing wrong size or RAW format on the computer? 

If you are looking for a free and easy way to restore full capacity of USB/SD/external hard drive without losing any files and data, you'll find exactly what you want right here in the below passages. This tutorial article will show you how to effectively restore full capacity of USB/SD/external hard drive from 0 bytes, not accessible, wrong size or even RAW error. Just follow to restore your files and reclaim full capacity on SD/USB/external hard drive right now.

Tip
If you don't have data saved on USB, SD or external hard drive, just jump to Step 2 and restore full capacity on USB/SD etc devices. If you have important data and files saved in USB/SD/external hard drive which shows the wrong size, follow Step 1 to get all saved data out of USB/SD or external hard drive first.

1. Restore data from USB/SD/external hard drive

If you can open USB, SD or external hard drive on Windows PC, you may directly copy and save files and data to other secure storage device or hard drive partition on your PC.

If you can't access saved data on USB, SD card or external hard drive, you'll need professional hard drive data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for help. It allows you to effortlessly find and restore all saved data from inaccessible, 0 bytes or even RAW drive, USB, SD card etc devices on Windows 10/8/7 PCs. 
If your data is no more than 2GB, EaseUS free data recovery software will help you free restore all data.

Step 1. Choose the external hard drive

Since you're going to recover data from the external hard drive, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and under the External Devices tab, choose the exact drive where you lost data. Click Scan.

select external hard drive

Step 2. Scan for lost data

The software will start immediately to scan all over the selected drive for all lost data. During the scan, you could see more and more data showing up in the results.

scan external hard drive

Step 3. Preview and recover data

After the scan is over, check the scan results for the desired data. You can preview the file by double-clicking on it. Click Recover and choose another location to save the recovered data.

preview and recover data

After getting all files and data back, you may now follow the second solution to format and restore the full capacity on USB/SD or external hard drive now.

2. Format to restore and reclaim full capacity of USB/SD/external hard drive

Here below, you'll find 3 free methods to effectively format and restore your USB, SD or external hard drive to full storage capacity:

Method 1. Format USB/SD/External hard drive to reclaim full capacity with free format tool

EaseUS free format tool - EaseUS Partition Master Free can be downloaded for free and help you simply format USB, SD card or external hard drive with simply clicks now:

1. Connect SD memory card with PC and launch EaseUS Partition Master Free.
2. Right-click the partition of SD memory card and select Format partition.

Format to restore full capacity of USB/SD or external hard  drive.

Here you may set wanted file system - NTFS, label name and size etc on your SD memory card.

Fix and restore external hard drive not showing full capacity error.

Then select OK and click Apply to keep all changes.

Method 2. Run DiskPart cmd command to restore USB/SD/external hard drive to full capacity

Note: DiskPart CMD command indeed will clean the whole USB, SD card or external hard drive and you do need to recreate a new partition so to make the device available for saving files again.

Let's see how to run DiskPart command to clear and restore capacity on USB/SD/external hard drive now:

1. Connect USB/SD or external hard drive to PC.
2. Right-click Start and select Command Prompt (Admin).
3. Sign in as administrator and type: diskpart to bring up DiskPart;
4. Type: list disk and hit Enter;
5. Type: select disk 1 (replace 1 with the disk number of your USB/SD card/external hard drive) and hit Enter;
6. Type: attribute disk clear readonly and hit Enter;
7. Type: exit and hit Enter.
After this, you can use Disk Management tool in Windows 10 or other Windows PC to create a new partition on SD/USB or external hard drive so to make it available for storing data with full capacity again. 

Run CMD command to restore full capacity on USB/SD/external hard drive.

Method 3. Use the Disk Management tool to format USB/SD/external hard drive to full capacity

Windows Disk Management tool allows you to fully format and restores USB/SD card/external hard drive to full capacity with below tips:

1. Connect USB/SD or external hard drive to PC.
2. Right-click This PC/My Computer > Manage.
3. Select Disk Management under Device Manager, find and right-click on SD card and select Format Volume.
4. Rename and reset the file system of SD/USB or external hard drive to NTFS or FAT32 as your need, follow the onscreen guidelines to complete the format process.
After this, you'll regain full capacity of your SD/USB/external hard drive and you can use it for saving files and data again then.