lost 10gbs on hard drive

February 16, 2011 at 08:56:57
Specs: Windows xp
needed recovery discs to fix my computer when i reinstalled the os i had lost my D drive FAT32 now all i have is C drive NTFS. went from 160gb to 149gb

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February 16, 2011 at 09:10:38
What type of machine?

I think what you possibly did was wiped out the D:\ Recovery partition from the hard drive. The recovery partition is formatted in FAT or Fat32 and restores the OS to C:\ from D:\ in the recovery process w/o using a CD or DVD.

Your D:\ hard drive space is still there, it's just not being used. If you want to use all the HDD space, you'll have to EXPAND the C:\ partition to gather up that 10 Gb with a partion utility: http://lists.thedatalist.com/pages/...

Just another stupid saying...

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February 16, 2011 at 09:12:36
try re partitioning it but if after that it says there is no active partition go on a spare pc download a windows me boot disk and run fdisk to re activate the partition (you will have to re install windows and all your drivers and losse all your data so back ur inportent things up)

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February 16, 2011 at 10:37:43
Without any specs on your system I can only speculate. That said, I would guess that you haven't lost any storage space. Due to the way hard dries are marketed a 160GB hard drive only really has 149GB capacity. I find your number s more than coincidental.

Look in Windows Disk Management to see exactly what you do have.

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February 16, 2011 at 10:40:57
"went from 160gb to 149gb"

You didn't lose any storage capacity. 160GB is the advertised size, 149GB is the actual size. It has nothing to do with you reinstalling Windows. All you ever had was 149GB. See the following:


As for what happened to your D: partition, you apparently didn't pay attention to what you were doing when you reinstalled & you wiped it out.

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