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Less hard drive space after Reformat?


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#1 DedicatedGamer

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 12:22 AM

I recently had some mean stuff on my computer that wouldnt leave me alone, so instead of waiting out the really long line for a fix, I reformatted. Before the format, I had a grand total of: ~73gb of memory on my hard drive. Post-Format, I now have ~37gb of memory. does anyone have any idea what might have happened? my PC is still running pretty good, but I really could use the space.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 12:44 AM

I*t sounds like you reinstalled >Windows without actually deleting the C partition.
That would mean you actually have XP installed twice on the same partition.
Open My Computer
Double click the C drive & make it show the folders/files if neccessary.
If you have 2 Windows folders you have installed XP twice.
You could delete the old Windows folder.
Don't worry about deleting the wrong Windows folder.
You can not delete the Windows folder that is being used while Windows is running.

The best way to fix it would be to start over & delete the C partition & actually reformat it.

Turn the unit on and put the XP disk in the drive.
Leave the disk in the drive and restart the unit,
Watch the screen for a message that says "Press any key to boot from CD,
Press a key on the keyboard,
Wait while it goes through starting from the disk,
[You may have to press F8 during startup to accept the EULA]
When you get to the screen with the box that shows the current version of XP installed press "D" on the keyboard,
Press "Enter"
Press "L"
You now should have a screen asking what file system you want to format to, NTFS should be selected by default,
Press enter,
The disk will be formatted and the installation will automatically begin when the format is finished,
During the installation the computer will restart DO NOT press a key to boot from the CD again !
At that point the unit will boot from the hard drive and continue the installation.
After awhile you will be asked to "name" your computer,
I suggest naming it the same as the main user ID.
[Example, I have an XP unit named "testbox" the user name is also "testbox"
You will be asked if you want to turn on automatic updates, select NO or Not now,
You will be asked if you want to setup a network connection, click on skip,
You will be asked to enter a user name and password,
Enter the same name you used for the unit ,
Only enter a password if you want to have to log on every time XP starts,
[If you have more then one user you can enter passwords later]
Follow the prompts to finish.
When you get to the desktop the only icon showing will be the recycle bin
Click on the "Tour XP balloon [or icon in the taskbar by the clock] and click "Cancel"
Go to Start>Control Panel,
Double click "Taskbar and Start Menu"
Click on the "Start Menu" tab
Put a dot in the circle by "Classic Start Menu"
[That will put the icons on the desktop]
Click OK
Double click on "Folder Options"
Click on the "View" tab
Go down the list until you find "Show hidden files and folders"
[for future use]
put a dot in the circle by it
Click OK
Close the Control Panel
Double click on "My Computer"
Right click on the "C:" drive
Left click on "Properties"
Click on the "Tools" tab
Click on "Defragment Now"
Defrag the drive
When you are done start installing your other programs and applications
[Defrag again when finished]
When they are installed if you have the "activate XP" notice do the activation,
When you have gotten this far either go to Windows Update and do the updates or go to "My Computer" and right click on it
Left click on "Properties"
When the box opens click on the "Automatic Updates" tab
Put a dot in the circle next to "Automaic [Recommended]
Click OK.
In order for the Automatic Updates to begin right away turn the unit completely off then restart it.
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Posted 30 May 2009 - 11:18 AM

Depends on how you "formatted."

If you used a recovery/restore partition/CD...there is a chance that the mechanism included a backup of your existing install, which would take away space available on the new.

System manufacturer and model?

Exactly what steps did you take...to accomplish this "reformat"?

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