DiscCopy result: drive space missing

Dell Dimension e520 desktop
November 20, 2009 at 11:45:41
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Edition
I wanted to increase my drive space so got a 500G drive. I used DiscCopy so I wouldn't have to reinstall everything. However, the source drive (250G) was partitioned (C & D). Now the new 500G drive has all the software & files, but I can only see 250G of it - in 2 partitions (F & G). What happened to the rest of the drive space on the new 500G drive? When I look at Computer Management, there are only the 2 partitions adding to 250G for that drive. I'm not as technically savvy as most of the responders, but I can follow directions once I understand what is going on. Thanks in advance.

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#1
November 20, 2009 at 14:14:44
Did you format the drive before you did the file transfer? I imagine you did or the transfer wouldn't have worked. Do you have at least Service Pack 2 installed? When you look at the disk in Computer Mangement, does it show unallocated space on the drive?

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#2
November 20, 2009 at 14:47:43
You have copied/cloned the disk, and ended up with the same size as you copied.
You will need to restore the drive to it's full capacity using a restore tool, download the free HDD Capacity Restore Tool:
http://hddguru.com/content/en/softw...
If you still have the data on the original drive you can make an image of the drive to restore it back to the new drive, if not copy the 500 GB contents back to the 250 GB before using the restore tools, as I don't know if it retains the data, but best to make sure in any case.
I don't know what you used to copy the disk, Most drive makers supply utilities to transfer the contents of the old drive to the new (larger) one.
I use Acronis True Image which allows you transfer an image of the drive to larger or smaller drives, so long as the amount of space available is greater then the amount of data on the original.

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#3
November 20, 2009 at 15:08:27
Yes, I formatted the drive. I have service pack 3. Yes, Computer Mgmt show almost 233G unallocated. I used EASEUS DiscCopy. I found on their site the following info:
Disk Copy only copies your disk/partition without any change. It offers sector to sector copy, which means you can get a same-size duplicate of partition as the original one. When copy a little size disk to a new larger one, the larger one is same as the little and the remainder space will be recognized as unknown space with Disk Copy.
Compared with the integrality of data through sector by sector copy, file by file copy feature in EASEUS Partition Master is faster because it is only based on the files. After copy files, you may manage your partition with more advanced features, such as extend system partition without reboot to maximize computer performance and better manage the hard disk usage without destroying data.
I have now download their free Partition Software Manager & hope that may help. If you are familiar with it, please give me tips. I'm about to install it. Sounds like I may have to re-copy using the file by file resource on Partition Master Home Edition, then deal with the partitions after that.

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#4
November 20, 2009 at 15:33:30
If it's unallocated space it needs to be formatted to show up. You can create another partition using the space and then format it so you can use it.

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#5
November 20, 2009 at 17:37:25
It's been several years since I've used Disk Copy but it should have an option to 'automatically resize partitions'. And you'd use the option to copy the entire drive and not just a partition.

Also is your disk copy version capable of working with 500 gig drives?

Help me Jebus!


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#6
November 20, 2009 at 18:45:26
grasshopper...thanks for your ideas, but I don't want another partition. I actually don't want any partitions. I have a whole nuther drive to back up to. I know a lot of ppl favor partitions, but that's just not how I'm wired. I appreciate your time and your ideas.

DAVEINCAPS...the DiscCopy can work with any drive same size or bigger. It did a sector to sector copy, not a partition to partition copy, but the result was the same. It basically copied the entire drive, as the old drive was 250G & new one is 500G, but only 250 shows up with the rest unallocated. My son actually did the setup so I don't know what he selected. He did not realize it would strand the extra space. He's never done it before. He has ppl at work that do that stuff for him. Must be nice. I have you guys!!
What I really want is all my stuff copied but not partitioned. Is that possible since it is partitioned now?


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#7
November 20, 2009 at 19:08:08
Boot to a live cd that has gparted and make the 250 larger.

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#8
November 20, 2009 at 19:57:15
Boot to a live cd that has gparted and make the 250 larger.

jefro...
I am a novice, so I worry that I would really screw up doing that. I had to google it just to find out what you were talking about. Thanks for the suggestion. I will look into it.


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#9
November 20, 2009 at 21:46:27
If the data on the 250 gig is still intact--you haven't formatted it--just do the copying process again. A second copy should overwrite the current contents on the 500.

I know I had some problems initially with drive copy as it gave too many copying options. I think the 'automatically resize partitions' is the one that worked.

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#10
November 21, 2009 at 12:40:10
DAVEINCAPS...
I still have the 250G intact. Problem with your idea is the EASEUS DiscCopy has no selections. Which is puzzling. From the readme: "After boot from the bootable Disk Copy 2.3 CD, a pre-start menu will appear. You have three options: Start Disk Copy 2.3, boot from the hard disk and reboot."
That really is one selection - copy! Did you buy disk copy software? The EASEUS is freeware. I know, you get what you pay for. I may try the EASEUS Partition Manager to re-copy, as it is designed to deal with the partition issue, but I won't know the pitfalls until I actually start.
Thanks so much everyone for all your ideas. I'm still hopeful for success.

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#11
November 21, 2009 at 13:51:16
We might be talking about two different pieces of software. The DiskCopy I'm talking about is from PowerQuest and I did buy it. It's possble that 'disk copy' is such a generic concept that there's more than one software by that name.

I remember you'd install it from their cd and run it from the desktop. Running it would create a bootdisk. You'd then use that disk to boot up and do the drive copy.

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