hard drive lost GB of storage

March 2, 2009 at 19:07:52
Specs: Windows XP
I recently bought a larger hard drive for my Laptop. I bought some cloning software and attempted to clone the drive. My old drive was 120GB and the new one 320GB. After cloning the drive my new drive only recognizes 120GB and not the total 320GB. How can I recover the lost 200GB or reset the drive to the original specs?
<a href="<s><i><b></b></i></s>"></a>


See More: hard drive lost GB of storage

Report •


#1
March 2, 2009 at 19:43:27
You may need a recovery program to get it all back, Test Disk Recovery is a free dowload use Goole to find it.
You need to create disk image instead of cloning it, then restore the image to the new drive. Some drive makers provide software for transferring from the old drive to the new one.
As you havn't specified the make we don't know if yours is one of them, but you can check the makers website.
Acronis True Image is very good for that.
Version 8 will work on XP and if you Google for a free version you should be able to download it and register with Acronis for free key, in the hope that you will upgrade to the latest version.
I did this for someone a few weeks ago so with luck you may still find it for free.
The free version is a bit cut down and doesn't do all that the full version does, I think they wanted about $25 to upgrade. I already have a later one that works with Vista, but not the latest.

Report •

#2
March 2, 2009 at 21:20:13
If you go to the Disk Manager, you will probably find out that the lost 200gb will be unpartitioned space. Just use the manager to partition it, assign a drive letter and format it.

Report •

#3
March 2, 2009 at 21:33:08
Thanx I will try to download test Disk now. As for disk manager I thought that I did look into that and I couldn't even find the missing 200GB. Maybe I was looking in the wrong place. It had partitioned my disk down to 89GB for the main drive and 27.sss for the a back up of drive.

Report •

Related Solutions


Ask Question