80GB HDD reduced to 32GB after reformat

May 28, 2011 at 08:07:37
Specs: Windows XP
hi,
few day ago i had problem with my hard disk (80gb). so i gave it to my friend for repairing ,he format the hard disk & after format capacity reduce to 32gb . i don't no why ? pl suggest proper way to solve problem.

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#1
May 28, 2011 at 08:28:07
Fat 32 originally with xp had a physical limit of 32g as its max. If you just did this install you may wish to redo the install and choose ntfs that is simple and will use the whole drive. Save data first.

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#2
May 28, 2011 at 08:31:35
It is also possible to convert the partition to ntfs, that would leave you the 32g partition but in disk management you could create a partition in the unused space that will be seen, format it ntfs, then you could use that as a data partition with your O/S on the original 32g. The other option would be to convert the file system to ntfs, then use a utility like partition magic or similar and have it maximize the size or the original partition. My first suggestion may be the easiest and other will have suggestions too.

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#3
May 28, 2011 at 08:34:15
Important....if you choose to do the re-install...when you get to the part in set up where you select a partition...make sure you delete the original partition and create a new one the full size of the drive.

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#4
May 28, 2011 at 08:38:14
Perhaps your friend had the jumper on the hard drive set to "cap limit"......who knows

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#5
May 28, 2011 at 08:46:40
We don't know what was wrong with your computer, but reformatting & re-installing Windows should be the last resort. If your "friend" immediately formated without attempting to fix the problem, that's a sign that he's not very computer savy. And the fact that he apparently formatted an 80GB using FAT32 seems to confirm that. Perhaps you shouldn't let your friend work on your computer anymore?

Open My Computer, right click on the C: drive, then click Properties. What is listed for "File System" - FAT32 or NTFS?


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#6
May 28, 2011 at 22:49:03
HopperRox

I am not sure if you are aware that you can edit your own responses.


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