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new hard drive identified in My Computer in blue font

I had 2 160GB drives as D and E on my old XP Pro PC and have just replaced one of them with a brand new 1TB drive, the idea being to use this as a third archive back-up (the second is on an external hard drive). I've successfully initialized it and formatted it. It shows up in My Computer as New Volume E, as expected. But the font is blue for some reason. I've read that this is because it contains compressed files but to my knowledge it contains none at all, it went in straight from the box. It does show 176 MB as used , however, in 'Properties'. I've moved a few files into it as a test and these also appear in a blue font.

Have I stuffed up somewhere? Can I re-do some sort of initialization/partition/format to rectify this? A small point I know, if the drive is otherwise 100% OK - but niggling!

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answer found

Answer found whilst poking aound. In properties "compress drive to save disk space was checked. Unchecking changed blue to black.

But whatis the , now 190MB taken up with?

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Blue is good.

I like NTFS compression on external drives. It helps to speed up reads and writes so I like BLUE!

As to the 190MB we have discussions about how 1GB is one billion bytes and not more. That is, binary bytes can confuse some.

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NTFS format

Is your 1TB new drive from Western Digital? If so, you can go to their website to download Data Lifeguard Diagnostics tool. This tool will be able to help you diagnose your hdd.

Alternative, just re-format your hdd using NTFS. Do note that there will be some space used on every hdd, be it new or old because it needs to contain the file system data. This is the case even if you have yet to put any files into the hdd.

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