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HDD 320gb to 100mb? HELP!


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#1 GanjaSmugglr

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 12:30 AM

I have a 320gb Western Digital IDE HDD. Just installed windows 7 64bit. I installed Partition Magic 8 after i installed all updates for windows. When I tried to run the program for the first time it got some errors that it said it could "automatically fix" I clicked yes to it fixing them. I don't know what exactly they said. Just a bunch of numbers. Program wouldn't start because of compatibility issues. I went to uninstall the program as soon as i hit "uninstall" the computer got a BSOD. Tried start up repair and everything. After about 2 hours I got tired of trying so I decided to just reinstall windows. When it asked me to select the drive to install windows on, to my surprise my 320gb HDD now only has 100MB of TOTAL space?! WHAT HAPPENED and HOW DO I FIX THIS! Please!! :huh:

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:28 AM

Sounds to me you used partition magic and it created an extra partition.

So what happened is because your drive probably has a partial partition, your no longer accessing the whole drive size.

You have to delete that partition and reallocate the whole drive size back to your windows installation.

I am not familiar with partition magic.

I know if your lucky to have an old Windows 95/98/ME startup disk laying around, you can use Fdisk from those disks to delete that partition.

There might be a way to do that from with-in Partition magic, but those instructions I do not have.

Perhaps someone else can explain that program to you, but I replied only to tell you what happened.
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 06:07 AM

thanks a bunch :] gonna see if i can get my hands on one of those disks! most help i have had since this problem. thanks if anyone else can off help please do

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:15 AM

I have found something that may also be useful. This information is from the Western Digital web site support pages on how to do what you are asking in Windows 7.

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/ph...ated=1258601352
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