Unallocated Disk Space?

November 9, 2009 at 10:13:36
Specs: Windows XP
Hey all,

Problem is that my hard drive physical label says 80gb, but in the windows program 'My Computer' it says that the total is 10gb.

I have re-installed OS, making sure that it is not partitioned, but the properties thing says that 69GB is Unallocated Disk Space.

Is there a way to fix this, getting the full hdd working, without losing my files, or do I have to buy a new HDD?

Thanks all


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#1
November 9, 2009 at 10:20:07
Every hard disk needs at a least one partition so to say that is is not partitioned is not true. You would not have been able to format and install the operating system if it were not partitioned.

What you have done is create a 10 Mb partition leaving the rest of the hard disk as unallocated space. To make use of this space you need to partition it, either as one single partition or split it into smaller partitions as needed.

You can do that from Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management.

Stuart


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#2
November 9, 2009 at 10:20:46
go to start >> run >> diskmgmt.msc

right click the unpartitioned ( unallocated ) space and follow on-screen instructions...to create a partition...


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#3
November 9, 2009 at 10:24:41
Ok, Stuart - There is one partition covering the whole drive, that's the option I chose on the setup of the OS.

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#4
November 9, 2009 at 10:29:16
Well, Probfixer, I'm trying that out now. Thanks guys :)

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#5
November 9, 2009 at 10:29:52
please press "c" while using the partitioner and enter desired value...then create another partition in that way and continue setup (make sure you don`t have unpartition space anymore)

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#6
November 9, 2009 at 10:30:26
Whatever you chose is not what you got. You have a 10Gb partition and the rest unallocated. The numbers you quote all add up to indicate that is what you have done. Unallocated space is very specific in meaning, it means it needs to be partitioned.

Stuart


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#7
November 9, 2009 at 10:32:44
Right, so if I partition the unallocated disk space, is there a way to add the new, formatted space on to the C:/ Drive?

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#8
November 9, 2009 at 10:38:46
yes, just please note that you`ll need to enter reasonable partititon size...

follow response number 3 for instructions...


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#9
November 9, 2009 at 10:42:33
When you say 'Reasonable', do you mean that I can or can't format/partition the whole 69GB unallocated disk space at once?

By the way, I don't mind how long this takes...


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#10
November 9, 2009 at 10:48:16
no...When I say 'Reasonable', I say you shouldn`t create something like this:

C:\ Size 70 GB
D:\ Size 10 Gb

it`s best to split it on half

just select "unlocated space" in the partitioner, press "C", and enter 40000 MB

then select "unlocated space" in the partitioner again, and enter 40000 MB again

then press to install windows in C:\ Partition and...you know what`s next :D


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#11
November 9, 2009 at 10:54:39
Right, so if I partition the unallocated disk space, is there a way to add the new, formatted space on to the C:/ Drive?

Not without using third party tools that will either extend the existing partition to cover the whole disk or to merge the existing partition with the new one.

There is nothing wring with having 10Gbs for just the operating system and put all your programmes and files on a separate partition, in fact its a good plan to go with. That way if you have to reinstall the Operating System you don't have to worry about losing files as they will all be on a different partition.

Having everything on one single partition is putting all your eggs in one basket.

Stuart


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#12
November 9, 2009 at 10:57:47
So you're saying I can't add that new partition, Local Disk F, to the C:/ drive, rather than the other way around?

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#13
November 9, 2009 at 11:11:02
you can...but I don`t recommend it...better create another partition and transwer your data inside...therefore, if you need to reinstall windows (C:\), your data will be safe...

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#14
November 9, 2009 at 11:16:10
This won't shut up the annoying 'Disk Cleanup Wizard' Notification though. I'd prefer it if I could delete this new partition and somehow have the space added on to the C:/ drive. Any suggestions?

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#15
November 9, 2009 at 11:23:29
1. From a command line or from Run, type regedit. This opens the Registry Editor.

2. Select the folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER and follow the folder path \ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer.

3. Create a DWORD value called NoLowDiskSpaceChecks.

4. Give it a value of 1.

5. Close Regedit and reboot. You should no longer get the low-disk space warning.


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#16
November 9, 2009 at 11:28:15
This doesn't explain how I add the space onto the C drive.

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#17
November 9, 2009 at 11:31:40
no, of course...this way you can disable low-disk space warning...

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#18
November 9, 2009 at 11:33:34
Will I still be able to install things and run them, like Steam games?

I don't mind whether I lose everything. If I had anything important, I'd back it all up.


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#19
November 9, 2009 at 11:37:38
yes...the windows xp will remain full finctional after this...you don`t have to lose ANYTHING...

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#20
November 9, 2009 at 11:40:44
Hi,

Without third party software, you won't be able to add space to Drive C:.

If you follow suggestions already given and create a new partition using some or all of the currently empty (unpartitioned) space, you will be able to move data into the new partition.

If you have lots of video, music, pictures etc., by moving them onto the new partition you will free-up lots of space on drive C: and you won't get the low space warning any more.

As others have said, having your data on a different partition is not a bad idea.

Regards


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#21
November 9, 2009 at 11:42:10
But, Can I put ALL of my files, including windows, onto the new partition and still make it run correctly?

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#22
November 9, 2009 at 11:46:59
Hi,

NO.

Don't try and move your windows files. If you do you won't be able to boot up or run anything.

Regards


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#23
November 9, 2009 at 11:49:09
if you`d like to do so...please backup your data to a cd, reinstall windows. and put your data back...

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#24
November 9, 2009 at 11:49:42
Ok, I won't then.


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#25
November 9, 2009 at 12:26:54
I need some names for some reputable partition third-party programs, any suggestions?

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#26
November 9, 2009 at 12:36:10
Hi,

I use Acronis Disk Director Suite.

Regards


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#27
November 9, 2009 at 12:44:05
partition manager 8, but it`s NOT free

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#28
November 9, 2009 at 13:16:33
gparted

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/live...

EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition

http://www.partition-tool.com/

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#29
November 9, 2009 at 13:36:16
Any that are free?

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#30
November 9, 2009 at 13:50:39
yes, the 2 I suggested

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#31
November 9, 2009 at 13:51:59
Clive, one is for Linux; The other I'm trying now. Thanks.

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#32
November 9, 2009 at 14:14:56
Unsure of how to use EASEUS manager.

This won't work unless I buy it...


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#33
November 9, 2009 at 14:22:27
gparted is not only for linux.

create the bootable live cd

Install Easeus on to windows

read the help.

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#34
November 9, 2009 at 14:26:53
"GParted Live is a small bootable GNU/Linux distribution for x86 machine."

Really?


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#35
November 10, 2009 at 10:55:53
Yes.

I would have just put yes, but apparently the message was to short to be of any use.

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#36
November 10, 2009 at 10:57:30
Anyone at all?

I need a free partition merger..


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#37
November 10, 2009 at 11:51:18
Try google if the one suggested do not work.

Hirens boot cd has PM 8

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#38
November 10, 2009 at 11:54:06
I've been trying on google for the past 3 days, but it'd be quicker and easier if I had some names.

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#39
November 10, 2009 at 12:22:19
For crying out load! It took about thirty seconds.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...

Stuart


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#40
November 10, 2009 at 13:22:06
I was getting a bit p****d off too

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#41
November 11, 2009 at 08:47:12
Dude, Calm down...

If it had been that simple, it would have been done.

I tried all of these and they can't merge it without me buying the real thing...


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#42
November 11, 2009 at 10:25:47
I ain`t sure if these are good, but try them:

http://www.thefreecountry.com/utili...


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#43
November 11, 2009 at 13:05:26
You are right, I shouldn't get so upset.

Hirens boot cd has several partition managers.

http://www.hirensbootcd.net/

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