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Been having major laptop problems, frequent BSOD and continual crashes, so after trying everything decided to do a complete recovery with the originally supplied recovery disks. (Asus F50R). Things st… Read More
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
Been having major laptop problems, frequent BSOD and continual crashes, so after trying everything decided to do a complete recovery with the originally supplied recovery disks. (Asus F50R). Things still aren't 100% and my C drive is now showing as only 3.89GB and D as 51.9GB. I know the total should be 120GB so what's happened and how can I correct it?
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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#1
(1) Could be the recovery disks have created a hidden recovery partition on your hard drive - if you go into disk management snap-in, accessible via the computer management MMC what does it show for the disk partition/s on your hard drive.

(2) It could be you have a faulty hard drive in your computer - it is a possibility but no as strong as the first possible reason for the loss of disk.
#2
Disk Management for Windows XP
http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm

How to manage your disks using only Windows Vista's Disk Management tool | Windows Vista, XP and Windows 7 Tutorials
http://www.vista4beginners.com/How-to-manage-your-disks-using-only-Windows-Vista-Disk-Management-tool
#3
If you don't mind losing all your data (back it up if you do), do a full reformat and see if that solves the incorrect capacity problem with the HDD.

You can do it from the Windows disk or download a boot disk to do the job
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oldmanhouse
If you don't mind losing all your data (back it up if you do), do a full reformat and see if that solves the incorrect capacity problem with the HDD.

You can do it from the Windows disk or download a boot disk to do the job


+1 - Here's a link to a package to consider - you can download it and burn it onto CD/DVD or onto a USB stick.

GParted -- Welcome
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
#5
I have checked the partitions on my HD using Partition Table Doctor and I have one partition C of 4000Mb, one of 57231Mb which was hidden and seems to contain everything that was on my C drive before I recovered. I unhid it and it is now called my F drive and I still have my old D drive of 53238Mb. If I format my F drive how can I merge it into my new C drive without doing a full recovery again?
#6
What your wanting to do is 'resize the windows/system partition'. Depending on what OS you are using depends on how you would do this.

There a few programs that can easily do it such as Partition Magic or Gparted which has already been mentioned in this thread.
#7
as resizing partitions can be risky, best to back up the partition you want to use onto an external hdd, use a cloning software to do this and you can simply remove the duplicate os partitions and automatically resize the preferred one as you clone it back on to the hdd.

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