250GB hard drive turned into a 120GB HD.

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August 21, 2011 at 14:07:13
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5500 @ 1.66GHz with 2.0GB of RAM
I have a Dell Inspiron e1505(laptop). I have two 2.5" hard drives. One of them has Linux and the has Windows XP. My linux hard drive is a 250GB HD and my Windows HD is only 120GB. I wanted to move my Windows install complete with recovery partitions everything over to the 250GB HD.

So I wiped the 250GB HD and then booted into a Linux environment that I setup on a USB stick. I then used the following command:

"dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdc"

That then cloned my windows HD onto the bigger one. After it finished, I booted into my new windows environment in my 250GB HD and noticed that the hard drive now was only 120GB and no longer 250GB. I checked using windows' partition manager, fdisk, and Gparted. They all said that the hard drive was 120GB.

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August 21, 2011 at 14:10:17
By the way i didn't mean to hit "Wd Western digital 250 gb sata scorpio blue internal hard drive - 50-pack (wd2500bevt/50pk)" I don't have the 50 pack only one, lol.

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August 21, 2011 at 19:45:39
In cloning the 120GB hard drive that is what you got. You also should have the remainder of the hard drive as a raw or unallocated space. Due to the position of the recovery partition you would be best off just creating a new partition out of this space with disk manager (it should show up there as raw or unallocated or possibly unidentified (Linux) space) and using this for storage and the original Windows partition for OS and programs. Some partitioning programs can 'slide' a partition from it's position to the end of the drive, therefore allowing you to expand the Windows C drive to use all available space, but I cannot be absolutely sure it will not cause a problem with the recovery partition. If you decide to do this then I would recommend creating a recovery disk set first so you would be covered. Of course if you have not yet, make a back up of all important files before you begin any creating, moving, or sizing of partitions.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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