Lacie Hard Drive problem

I deleted everything from the external hard drive and it is still showing that I only have 7.27 GB left on it.
Is the hard drive dead? Is there any way to save it?

This is a Lacie 156 GB by the way.

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MacFirstConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Use Disk Utility and erase the drive. You should get your 156GB or so - it was probably a 160GB drive that yields 156GB formatted.

If you don't get something close to 156GB after that, it probably has a problem.

snafumasterDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Try looking for hidden files on the volume through the terminal.

Open up terminal (Applications > Utilities) and type the following:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

This will show you all of the hidden files and folders on your operating system. If you want to reverse the command replace TRUE with FALSE.

Or you could go nuclear and wipe the drive via the Disk Utility.
You could also type:

ls -la

in terminal to see invisible files -- but do you even care what's on there?
reign80Author Commented:
Very nice...that work perfectly.

Thank You.
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