I would like to find my remaining 470 gigabytes. Please help

May 11, 2013 at 15:27:36
Specs: Windows 7
where I find my second partition disk?I installed window 7 home edition on my computer. First I formatted my new disk, After that, the screen ask where I installed my window7 software Primary or secondary partiton ? I have 500 gigabyte. I used only 30 gigabye for installation in my primary partition but when I check my computer content I find only the 30 gigabyte, where"s the remaining gigabyte go? How can I find it, Please HELP ME.

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May 11, 2013 at 15:41:07
This doesn't make sense - the only way you would have a 30GB partition on a clean installation is if you had specified that configuration during installation.
Did you do a clean install by booting from the CD?

I personally would reinstall, deleting all partitions during the partitioning phase of the installation process and installing to the (unpartitioned) HDD - then the installer should automatically partition the drive.

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May 11, 2013 at 15:51:26
A 500GB HDD isn't really 500GB, it's approx 465GB. Did you partition & format the HDD before installing Windows or during the install? You should have done it in advance. And 30GB is too small for Windows 7 unless planned on installing all your programs & files to another partition. My guess is you only created a 30GB partition & didn't do anything with the rest, which means the remaining 430GB+ is unallocated space. You will have to create a partition (or partitions) out of that space & format it. It can be done thru disk management or thru software such as EASEUS Partition Master:


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May 11, 2013 at 17:45:49
If you partitioned your hard drive as one large partition (default), then it will show up in 'Computer' as unused space (like: 435GB free of 465GB).
If you manually created a partition of 30GB and the rest is unallocated space, I would recommend expanding that partition to 60GB (in disk manager) if you plan on using it for only Windows 7 or 100GB to 120GB if you plan on using it for Windows 7 and your programs. Then you should create a new partition for the remaining space (all of it) for your personal files. Or, if you prefer, just expand the one partition to all of the available space and you are done.
A GB is a lot of storage space and unless you have massive amounts of music, pictures, and text files, or a collection of movies (or other large files), you will take quite a bit of time filling up a 500GB hard drive. If that ever happens and this is a desktop, just add another hard drive (1TB or larger) for all the room you will ever need (for most laptops, you would have to clone the drive to a larger one and swap them and expand the partition, due to the single drive bay most of them have).

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

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