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It's there a way to double the capacity of a harddisk?

By rickyief
Apr 14, 2004
  1. I heard of a tutorial that explains how to double the capacity of some brands of harddisks is this true? where can I find this tutorials?
     
  2. Raiders

    Raiders TS Rookie Posts: 69

    as far as i know its windows "compresion agent" but i think if your file system is FAT32 or NTFS your stuck with what you got.
    I may be wrong though.
     
  3. abc

    abc TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I heard something about this a while back. I don't rember any of the specifics, but I can tell you I would not trust my data on it (if it worked). Hard dirves are cheap, and getting cheaper; bite the bullet on this one - get a new hard drive.
     
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    No.
     
  5. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    FAT 32 may be converted to NTFS without dataloss. But once you're there, you can't go back, not that you'd want to.
     
  6. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    I think you are asking about Drivespace, which was a way to compress a FAT drive in order to get about twice the space(doublespacing) but this is not possible with FAT32 or NTFS.
     
  7. rickyief

    rickyief TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I read somewhere else of a guy that was selling a tutorial to double the harddisk space he's explanation was that some fabricants put more clusters than the indicated in the label with the porpose of have something like backups clusters in case that your hdd brake some ckusters the guy says that is there a way to unlock those clusters and double the space. I don't know if that is posible at all
     
  8. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    I would like to see this tutorial, as I think someone is pulling your proverbial leg.
     
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Come on lads, the first of April has passed. ;)

    LOL.
     
  10. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    This is what is commonly called a SCAM. When someone lies to you for money. Do you honestly think a drive manufactorer would market a hard drive at half it's potential capacity? Would a 300GB hard disk have room for 300 more GB's?

    "A fool and his money are soon parted" - proverb
     
  11. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    If you need more room on your HD, uninstall all programs you don't use. Those that you use seldomly, "pack" the program's directory in a WinRAR file and delete that directory. When you need that program again, un-RAR the program.
    You'd be surprised how much space you could save.

    But, as said before, HDs are so cheap that you should buy a 160GB disk or something like that.
     
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