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Hard drive only registering 10 gb out of 80 gb!?!?!

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#1 ShortHairyMan


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Posted 08 December 2008 - 12:21 AM

So here's the situation:

My aunt was running Windows XP installed on a 10gb hard drive. She needed more space so I helped her buy a 80gb hard drive.

Since everything was already setup the way she liked and it would be a hassle to re-install everything, I decided to do the following:

- Used Drive XML to backup the 10gb hard drive to my laptop in RAW mode (via external enclosure)
- Then using Drive XML, restored the image file to new 80gb hard drive (via external enclosure)
- Plugged the newly restored 80gb hard drive back into the desktop computer.
- Now when checking the properties of the 80gb hard drive, it is showing that 2gb are free out of 9.5gb.
- When I check in Disk Management, it shows the same info but in the bottom grid of Disk Management, it shows that it is a 80gb hard drive.

How do I then fix this so it registers all 80 gigs?
I have a feeling this happened since I backed up the drive in RAW mode, where it copied the full 10gb hard drive including the empty 2 gigs.

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Thanks in advance!

Edited by ShortHairyMan, 08 December 2008 - 12:22 AM.

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#2 scissorhands7


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Posted 08 December 2008 - 01:07 AM

It sounds as though you have unpartitioned space. As I am not extremely knowledgable about how to add unpartitioned space to current partitioned space I'll let someone who does advise you.

There is a rather expensive piece of software (70 bucks) called partition magic that has good reviews of effectively resizing your partition without having to reformat.

There are also free software that do the same thing.

I've heard its rather risky business and you can lose data by doing so. So I'd wait for a couple other users on this site to put in some input before doing anything.


Through fdisk you can view your partitions and determine if it is indeed unpartitioned space

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