hardrive lost gig

September 11, 2009 at 19:05:55
Specs: Windows XP
hi all,

my pc have a problem..i am using windos xp home edition..2partition c:70G d:70G
recently my laptop has problem which when i using it online or do other thing then my com.
suddenlly go to restart just like power failure..happen few times..
so, i put the recovery disc to recovery back to manufacture setting but the recovery disc got problem so the recovery can not done finish.Well, i go to put a win98 disc to format c: first time during format i choose "not to enable large space"
after finsh format and install the win98. i go check the c: it just show me 2G on c: why? anyway then i upgrade to win xp after that i can see the c: and d: the d: is normall 70G but the c: still only 2G. whats is the problem and how to slove it?
i go do second time format and this time i choose"yes. enable large disc space" and final result come out my c: become 5G.
where is the other 65G gone?
hope you can help me on this.thanks.

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September 11, 2009 at 19:21:14
What brand laptop do you have?

What failure were you getting when trying the recovery?

Why are you using a W98 disk to format the drive? That Windows version does not recognize hard drives that large. Depending on the version of W98 and the copy of FDISK included you have a 64MB or 128MB drive limit when formatting. Drive manufacturers created software to lie to Windows so larger drives could be used. They were not the best choice since they did not use a standard drive structure and data recovery was usually not possible.

Typically when the recovery fails on a drive there is a hardware problem causing the failure. The restarts you were getting most likely were BSOD failures. You have not provided enough information to determine what is going wrong.

You need to test the hardware, at least the hard drive. If it passes test the recovery needs run to erase and correctly format the drive.

Please provide more data.


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September 11, 2009 at 19:40:33
so sorry cos provide not clear infomation
ok...i am using asus laptop. previously i did it one time it work..but dun know why this time can not..
the situation is like that..
i have two recovery disc, disc A disc B
at first the disc A run normally which recovery till 50% then it ask put the disc B from there it occur error say un-open file..then i thought is my recovery disc cannot work so i put the disc B to another computer copy the file and burn to the new CD then put in my laptop but it still cannot work..
so i don't want recovery it, i start from begin which go format it and install again the windows then happen this proble hardrive lost gig

what i have only win98 can boot to format c: that's why i use it.how to test the hard drive?

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September 11, 2009 at 22:29:18
Your Restore CD's (A&B) are all you need to reinstall the original Operating system and the Programs that came with the Laptop.

Start the Laptop with Disk A in the drive. You won't have a choice to Format or not after using the Win98CD. Forget about the Win98 stuff.

Just follow the Screen prompts and Post back here with EXACT errors if any.

Check the A&B disks for dirt or scratches and try a CD/DVD lens cleaning kit in the CD/DVD Drive if you get further file errors.



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September 13, 2009 at 07:50:24
hi...thanks so much your help..i have another question that is i have a seagate hardrive 320G SATA and another one is also Maxtor 320G IDE(both are external) and i have a P4 computer desktop, i plug the Maxtor to my com can detect however i plug the seagate my com cannot detect, so i guess the problem is that one is SATA and one is IDE so do i need install any driver so that my old com P4 can detect SATA hardrive?am i right ?

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September 13, 2009 at 08:44:28
forgot to tell you that the seagate one is 2.5" however the Maxtor is 3.5"

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