Cloned hard drive, loss of storage size

Hitachi Deskstar 7k500 hds725050klat80 h...
May 22, 2010 at 20:57:46
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi, I'm using a Toshiba Satellite u305-s2804
with Windows Vista Home Premium, SP1, 4gb
RAM and (originally) a 160 Hitachi HD
(HTS542516K9SA00). I chose to upgrade to a
larger and faster 500gb Hitachi hard drive and
used HD Clone (http://www.miray.de/products/sat.hdclone.htm
l#free) to do so, along with the help of a USB
based HD dock. Everything worked as expected: I set up the new drive with partitions, copied my original HD bit-by-bit and installed the fresh 500gb one into my laptop. I booted up and everything worked, with my "system manager" showing that I indeed had 2 partitions; a ~5gb System Volume and a 460gb Primary Drive. The problem, however, is that it's showing that I only have 186gb free. I've tried various "File Tree" software to no avail; I have no clue where the other approximately 134gb is being allocated (460gb - 186gb - 140gb = 134gb). What could be going on?

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#1
May 22, 2010 at 22:28:41
Have you tried TreeSize, I found it very usefull.
http://www.programmersheaven.com/do...

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#2
May 23, 2010 at 09:08:55
Thanks anmor. I've tried both TreeSize and WinDirStat, but
neither have revealed where the missing space is. In addition,
when I use the Windows Disk Management tool, none of the
465.76gb is shown as being unallocated; it's all divided between
the 2 partitions I mentioned earlier. Not sure where to go from
here.

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#3
May 23, 2010 at 09:09:38
timkthomas what you write is a conflict in operations.

You do not create partitions when cloning.
You do not "copied my original HD bit-by-bit "

Cloning takes a picture of your drive and then placing that image on another disk. Good clone software allows you to expand the picture [image] to include all the space.

Restoring an image overwrites any partitions created. Which leads us to a few questions;

did you copy or did you clone?
why is there a 5gb partition? Did this exist on the previous drive?
Post the results of a chkdsk of the large partition for review.


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#4
May 24, 2010 at 20:27:28
Wanderer - good eye! Thank you for catching that. You're right, I
didn't create partitions on the drive first. The HDClone software I
used gave me the option of creating proportional partitions on the
new HD to match the 2 on my old one. My old HD had a 1gb
"system" partition and a 146gb primary; I selected the new HD to
have a 5gb "system partition" and a 460gb primary. But other
than those proportional differences, everything copied bit-by-bit.
I'm working on the chkdsk results. I'll post as soon as I can.

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#5
September 16, 2010 at 12:36:52
The same thing happened to me. I went from a 30GB hard drive to a 250GB using Acronis easy migrator. I had 2 partition on the old and went to 2 partitions on the new. When i was done I see the 2 partitions and now the system partition seem ok with plenty of free space, but the other partition is now showing full and I am getting out of disk space messages. I am not sure what to do.

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#6
September 16, 2010 at 13:35:34
weiserd1 normally you start your own thread and not add to another older one.

what do you show for the size of both partitions?


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