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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 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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    (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.

    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

    oldmanhouse

    If you don't mind losing all your data (back it up if you do), do a full … 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
    gparted.sourceforge.net/

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    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?

    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.

    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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