Solved why does cloning lose most of the capacity my hard drive

July 16, 2014 at 01:49:18
Specs: Windows Vista
how do I reclaim the 2 TB capacity of my hard drive after cloning the C drive ? I now only have 250GB after a 70GB clone.
My Book western Digital is the newly purchased hard drive.

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July 16, 2014 at 04:31:55
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I seem to recall that you (often) have the option to use all the disk space when restoring a clone copy; or just the actual space required; and that the target drive is often best formatted first?

Have you examined/checked the drive (partitioning etc.) using disk manager (part of the the admin/system tools in Vista?

These links may help...

and a youtube video...

Suggest you view them all and see what you can manage...

Either "expand" the current primary into the rest of the free space; or - and better I suggest - create an extended partition with two logical drives. Makes defrags easier (faster) keep your data (personal files etc.) in one of the logical drives (safely away form the main (C: partition) in event of problems with that area and any future need to re-install the OS etc.

Whatever you decide in this respect - first safeguard (copy) all your personal files to external storage - typically DVD. Then if anything" goes a miss/wrong when recovering the space your data is safe elsewhere. Check the copies are truly accessible too on your current computer; and (ideally) on at least one other working system too.

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July 16, 2014 at 10:58:14
Thank you for the rapid response in helping me with my problem.
This is the first time I have used this site.
I will take your advice and look at the links you provided.
The 2TB external hard drive was just purchased to back up every file on my computer and all the partitions
But I wanted to clone the "c" drive with the operating system first about 65GB
The total files summed to over 700GB with all the other partitions.
The size of the 2TB hard drive after the clone dropped down to a listed 250 GB messing up all my plans. I will need to find a way through this problem.
Thanks and I will keep you updated.
Thanks for the help and guidance.
The problem is now fixed.
It was all down to the new drive not being formatted and partitioned.
The formatting took 15 hours with the remaining 1.75 TB hard drive ,
I did the standard formatting (not the quick formatting) as advised it checks the system as it formats only in standard.The drive was not visible in properties mode but was visible via computer management then selecting disk management the disk was then seen as unallocated disk. To the right of the C Drive clone I had taken.
Hope this helps someone else.
Thanks again for the help from this site.

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July 16, 2014 at 15:00:14
It does sound at this stage that the balance of the drive is not partitioned and thus unformatted... New drives invariably arrive with "no partitions established, and thus unformatted" (i.e. un-configured).

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July 16, 2014 at 17:48:20
The purpose of cloning a drive is to move the main drive to a new or new/larger hard drive. Since this is an external drive, you really are making an image of the drive which can later be reimaged back to the hard drive or a new drive if anything ever happens to it that cannot be fixed. If you use the Windows back up section to make the disk image (first completely reformat the external drive to NTFS to start with a clean drive and because it will be required for the image by Windows Back Up if I remember correctly), you can also make a Windows Repair Disk (Windows 7 has it and Vista probably does also) which can reimage the drive without first reinstalling or purchasing anything extra.

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

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July 17, 2014 at 13:56:03
Hello Fingers and thank you for your valued reply.
I will take your advice and look at using Windows to make a repair disk.

Thanks again

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