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#1 Tomie

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:49 PM

Hallo,

I got the BSOD a few months ago and had to completely reformat my laptop. I decided to set up a partition so I wouldn't lose all my files etc but now I seem to have lost 50gb of HDD space. Any ideas on how I can get it back?

I'm one of those people who hates having to pay someone else to do something that I could possibly do myself =] So any help/tuts would be HUGELY appreciated!!

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:56 PM

I'm guessing from what you wrote that you made two partitions, one for the operating system, and one for files and non-Windows applications?

What is the size of the hdd?

What are the sizes of the two partitions?

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 11:06 PM

The original size of the hard drive is 160gb, I've now got 110gb. When I reformatted it gave me the option to create a partition with for existing files etc, so I did - for 50gb. And now I can't get it back!!

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 11:19 PM

OK... so you didn't really lose the 50GB of hdd space, it is now a separate partition.

Is the operating system on the 50GB partition?

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 11:04 AM

The OS is on the 110gb, but I can't see the 50gb partition. Laptops only reads the HDD as 110gb. I managed to recover the files but the not the actual space.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 11:24 AM

You should be able to see the second partition in Disk Management.

Go to start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Disk Management.

You can delete the second partition in the Disk Management if the partition is empty.

You can find instruction for the here.

When you look in Disk Management make a note of the designation of the partition. Ex: C: should be the partition which your operating system is installed on. When you go to delete the partition using the instructions substitute the letter for the partition that you want to delete for "n".

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 11:58 AM

Hey, I've checked the disk management.
Virtual Drives, SD Card and Mini SD card are all there.
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Can't see the partition anywhere :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 12:54 PM

Where it lists the partitions on the lower half of the screen, grab the scroll bar and go down a page, your 50GB may be down at the end, without a drive letter assigned to it?

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 03:08 PM

Checked that, it's not there. Are there any programs that might be able to find it?

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 03:37 PM

There is a program called Gparted.

This program HAS to be burned to a disk such as a CD-R disk and the burning software HAS to be able to convert ISO images to a FULL disk.

If you are NOT familiar with how to burn an ISO image successfully to a disk, please let me know this, I can give you either instructions on how to use your present burning software, or offer you a FREE burning program that converts ISO images and burns them to a disk.

The Gparted download you will be downloading at the link below is an ISO image, which means unless you convert it, the program can not be ran as is.

Once you have Gparted burned to a CD-R disk, you boot from it, NOT the hard drive.

It will allow you to see all your hard drives and the partitions that are on them, you can delete the partition to which there is NO NTFS FILE SYSTEM, this would be the partition you are trying to gain access to and make it available to your current C: partition.

Gparted: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gparted/

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 04:05 PM

Thank you MrBruce. I'm not too familiar with converting ISO, and I don't have any burning software - never had the need lol

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 04:43 PM

Thank you MrBruce. I'm not too familiar with converting ISO, and I don't have any burning software - never had the need lol

Your welcome.

Do you have a drive that is capable of burning disks?

If not then you can have someone who has a drive capable of burning disks, burn the disk for you.

If you do have a disk drive that can burn disks, I can offer you programs that are FREE and virus/malware free that will do this for you.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 04:48 PM

I do have a drive capable of doing so, I think I had Sonic DLA with the laptop originally but I never used it. Any software would be much appreciated =]

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 06:48 PM

Here is two links both to FREE disk burning programs.

Both are good programs. However, during installation, one or the other program offers to install the ASK.com tool bar, I think of those as extra browser features that are NOT needed, so all you have to do is un-check the box next to install the ASK tool bar and it will not be installed.

Other than that, the programs are safe and virus/malware free.


CDburnerXP http://cdburnerxp.se/

ImgBurn http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download


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Posted 03 October 2010 - 07:07 PM

No empty discs at the mo, but thank you so much for your help! Fingers crossed this will work :thumbsup:

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