I lost close to 150GB of Disk space

June 11, 2011 at 09:25:19
Specs: Windows XP Professional, 2,75GB Ram
So, I formated my computer because my C: drive didn't have any space. I insert my Windows XP Professional XP CD, and it only shows 1 partition with 127GB( appeared as 131000MB, but showed 127GB in "My Computer" ). Sure, I didn't think it was gonna be too much of a problem, so I formatted the partition. IT said it was corrupted or wasn't formatted, so I erased it ( not really erase, it was still there ) and it worked. Afterwards, I installed Windows XP and everything worked fine. So I go to "My Computer" and find out that, out of 250GB of hard disk space, I only have 127GB. I went to "Disk Management" and found nothing. I had 3 partitions. What happened to them? Where's the rest of my disk space? The computer is a Compaq Presario CQ60-100 laptop.

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#1
June 11, 2011 at 09:33:11
You evidently have the ORIGINAL version of WinXP with NO service packs.

DO NOT do anything to the rig until you update Windows. Install SP3 and your other partitions MIGHT show up.

Post back with results.

What was the original size of the OS partition? I assume it must have been larger than 127GB?


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#2
June 11, 2011 at 09:34:18
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...

Do you at least have service pack 1 installed. Read this.


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#3
June 11, 2011 at 09:35:28
The original size was 7GB, after a fantastic mistake of instaling the OS in the backup partition. Oh and grasshopper, aparently no, I don't have it. I'll take of it later since I'm going out now. I'm going to try and install Service Pack 2 and see if it works.

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#4
June 11, 2011 at 09:58:09
Installing SP3 will allow the remainder of the hard drive to show. If you had only 7GB partition size originally then you have corrupted the other partitions. You can, however, recover most of the files that were there by using recuva.

Recuva should be able to recovery all files that were not over written by the new installation. Because you installed fresh, the size of the installation should be smaller than the one it replaced.

Once you install SP3 go to Disk Management to view the remaining space. Partitioning and formatting that space will not allow you any place to place the recovered files.

I suggest you get a USB external drive to use for storing all the recovered files. You will eventually need to re-install your programs. You may want to redo the entire drive because 127GB is probably larger than you want for your boot partition. You could try a partitioning software but it would be just as easy to start over.

To solve the problem next time, you can slipstream SP3 into the files on your original CD and then burn a new CDR. Use nliteos to perform that operation and you can download a distributable version of SP3 from the link below. Second link is to nlitos. Third is to recuva.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com...

http://www.nliteos.com/

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#5
June 11, 2011 at 12:43:37
Also, I had a third partition which had ALL my files. I never messed with this partition in any of the times I formatted the computer. Have I lost it all? That partition had my life :S.

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#6
June 11, 2011 at 14:52:30
Don't go getting all upset just yet.

I told you that you can probably recover your files if they don't show.

Do you recall the sizes of the other partitions besides the 7GB C: partition? List in order if you can remember.

Install SP3 and then look in Disk Management. Most likely all the partitions have been deleted. That doesn't mean the files are gone. Recuva can and will recover files.

There may be another option but I need you to tell me the partition sizes, if you can recall.

Do you recall if you did a quick or full format when installing WinXP the last time?


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#7
June 12, 2011 at 05:05:01
There was the 7GB partition for backups, a 49GB ( close to 50GB ) partition, originally for the OS and the last partition I don't really remember, it was the biggest though.
Also, I THINK that it was a quick format, I really don't like wasting time, so there is like a 70% chence I went for the quick format. Also, I can't install SP3, it says I need atleast SP1 to install, and I can't find SP1 in Portuguese on the interwebz.

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#8
June 12, 2011 at 07:31:06
Go to the link below. In the upper right corner you can change the location/language.

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#9
June 13, 2011 at 12:11:10
Long story short, I'm installing SP3 right now and I found the missing disk space. I have Internet on my PC and everything is going fine. I'm praying that I get my files back :S I even got the other partition with the same letter name, so I don't have to install everything again if I do get it back. Thanks you so much OtheHill, you saved me!

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#10
June 13, 2011 at 14:25:17
I hope that is the case. Get back to us and let us know either way.

When you get a chance to do it, you should slipstream SP1 & SP3 using nlitos as posted above. Eventually, MS will remove the updates and then you will be SOL.


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#11
June 20, 2011 at 03:51:27
Back, the files were useless after using Recuva, so I just downloaded what I needed the most: GAMES!
Also, what is "slipstream" and "SOL"? I'm a HUGE noob when it comes to this part of software.

One last thing, my computer decided to unconnect the PSP exactly in the moment when I used "cut" to take out a file from a folder. Given file is about 1.4 GB. I lost the file, but somehow, it manages to occupy about 1.4 GB of space. Can I get a little help?


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#12
June 20, 2011 at 06:42:06
Slip streaming is the process of integrating additional files/service packs, into Win2000/XP files.

Download nliteos and SP1 & SP3. Read the instructions on how to use nliteos. It is relatively simple to use. After SP3 has been slip streamed into the original files, you then burn a new CDR, which will be more or less up to date.

SOL = Sh*t Outta Luck.

Your last paragraph above is why I don't recommend using cut/paste. Use copy/paste and then if you want to, delete the file from the original location.

If the space is still being used then the file may still be recoverable. You may just need to take ownership of the file.

Look at the link below to learn how to take ownership in WinXP.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421


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#13
June 27, 2011 at 08:45:41
Aparently, that would only work if I could SEE the file. Any other sugestions?

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#14
June 27, 2011 at 13:20:37
Can you see any folders or partitions that you can't open?

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#15
June 27, 2011 at 15:10:23
Nope. Everything's accessable.

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#16
June 27, 2011 at 15:26:37
So how about updating us on what the situation is with lost space. Post the information for that hard drive from Disk Management.

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#17
July 2, 2011 at 04:44:21

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#18
July 2, 2011 at 05:53:02
andre98

The screenshots DO NOT appear to be from Windows Disk Management. Also, I don't read what I think is Spanish.

Right click on My Computer and choose Manage> Storage> Disk Management. Highlight the DISK in question and then post all the information listed for that DISK.


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#19
July 2, 2011 at 07:51:31
Thats exactly what I did, it's a screenshot of disk management.
Here you can sse the incoerence I was trying to show on the first ss.
http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums...

I think up there where it says "OGPlanet Forums: Portuguese" would be enough clue that it isn't Spanish...

Also, please be more especific on what you want of the disk management, I'll try to translate to the best of my knowledge.


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#20
July 2, 2011 at 09:33:40
Well, I don't read portuguese either. The screen shots you posted are not what I requested.

"Highlight the DISK in question and then post all the information listed for that DISK". That statement did not say to expand everything you could.

What I am looking for is like the link below.

http://s299.photobucket.com/albums/...


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#21
July 2, 2011 at 09:41:43
My bad, I didn't see that sentence.

I just don't like people mixing up Spanish and Portuguese. They are VERY distinct languages.

http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums...

I hope I got it right this time.


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#22
July 2, 2011 at 10:15:06
OK, It appears you have 2 partitions on the primary 250GB hard drive labeled Disk 0. With drive letters C & E.

H: appears to be a 4GB removable storage device

CD rom labeled Gearsofwar G: is a DLDVD disk that appears to have a game on it.

Disk #1 either does not exist or it is not recognizable by Windows.

When you boot into the BIOS (setup) screens haw many fixed hard drives are showing there?

Going back to Disk 0, there are 2 ways to determine the capacity. The manufacturers round off the capacity by using 1000 as a GB. The correct method is 1024. This results in a shortfall. Multiply the advertised capacity by .931 to arrive at the actual unformatted capacity. Unless Disk 0 is NOT 250GB, I see no problem there.

Were any missing files on the E partition of Disk 0?

Explain what files are missing and where you think they should be.


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#23
July 2, 2011 at 12:32:05
The only problem here is H:, which is my PSP. THATS what I wanted your help with.
And no, there were no missing filles on E:
The file is still somewhere in my PSP, since it's still occupying space as I showed you in earlier screenshots. Everything else is fine.

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#24
July 2, 2011 at 12:45:40
PSP = Play Station Portable? If so, you may need a plug in to access those files. Below is a link that appears to be able to access that file extension.

http://www.thepluginsite.com/produc...


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#25
July 3, 2011 at 03:53:17
When did we stop talking about my PSP? Yes it is the Playstation Portable.
"...my computer decided to unconnect the PSP exactly in the moment when I used "cut" to take out a file from a folder."
That file dissapeared and It's still occupying space in my PSP. I can't SEE the file, so I doubt a plugin would help...

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#26
July 3, 2011 at 05:51:56
When you try to explore that drive do you see anything at all?

Refer back to #12 above. This time read the entire KB article. Apply the technique to the drive letter, which is the root directory for the drive. Use the same steps with Home or Pro.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

Are you always so caustic?

I am not a gamer and don't own a PSP so I needed to verify. Don't treat me like a dummy again or I am out of here. You aren't paying me enough.


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#27
July 3, 2011 at 07:27:49
I wasn't being caustic. Sorry if I offended you. Whatever I said, I didn't mean it like that.
I lol'd at that last sentence.

Reading the article, I stop at the second step, which is finding the security tab.
Right Click > Properties, and than there should be a security tab right? I really don't see it :/


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#28
July 3, 2011 at 08:29:25
You are not logged in as an administrator then. Did you try booting into Safe Mode (F8 at start up)? I am going to reboot into WinXP to see if things are any different there.

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#29
July 3, 2011 at 08:50:30
Yup, I tried the Safe mode thing but I still don't see a security tab.

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#30
July 3, 2011 at 09:05:14
Well, I just booted into WinXP home safe mode using my normal login and there was not a security tab. Rebooted into WinXP home as Administrator and there is then a security tab.

Once you do get there, in addition to the instructions in the link you may also need to tick the bullet to show hidden files/folders in view. Look at the link below for more on this topic.

http://computerhelpforum.org/forum/...


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#31
July 3, 2011 at 09:15:14
I stand corrected, the security tab STILL doesn't appear on my PSP drive.
I need to format my PSP drive to NTFS for the security tab to appear. <.<

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#32
July 3, 2011 at 09:24:00
I suggest you start a new thread in the PC gaming forum. Maybe someone over there has some experience with your problem. I still think it is an ownership issue but I don't know how to solve it.

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#33
July 3, 2011 at 09:42:12
It could be, I just have to find a way to format the H: drive to NTFS without erasing the files on my PSP. Which is impossible. Anyway, thanks a lot for the help :)

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#34
July 3, 2011 at 15:25:20
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Google the phrase "PSP files are not showing" There are many hits. Maybe some will help.


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#35
July 4, 2011 at 07:41:11
Been there, done that. They all talk about other types of things, what happened to me is really a rare thing. Only happens to stupid people who dare use Cut/Copy on a poorly unconnected PSP >.>

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#36
July 4, 2011 at 15:48:31
Going full circle here, testdisk should and can recover files from FAT32 partitions. You need to read all the tutorials carefully to figure out how to use it but according to their site it should work.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...


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