Missing hard drive space after reformat

By nytiger500 ยท 12 replies
Aug 26, 2008
  1. I reformatted my computer only to find that my C is the usual 15gb but the D is 11gb. when I got the comp D had between 120 and 140gb. I am running windows xp on it. I tried going into manage on my computer hoping to find unallolocated space, but there wasnt any. Thanks in advance for all and any help.
  2. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Did you re-partition the drive or install over your previous version of windows? Have you reforrmatted before without loss of hd space?
  3. nytiger500

    nytiger500 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I used the disk to wipe the hard drive and reinstall windows. This is the second time this has happened to me.
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    So you re partitioned the hard drive? formatted? not just soft reinstalled windows?
  5. nytiger500

    nytiger500 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I formated it and I don't know what you mean by soft reinstalled windows
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Try one of these programs to tell you exactly what is on your hard drive.

    There are lots of free programs that will graphically show where your space has gone. Examples include VisDir 1.4, SequoiaView, WinDirStat and the old SpaceMonger 1.4.

    By soft install i mean reboot windows and save your settings and files, rather than a destuctive reboot which wipes (re formats) your hd before reinstalling windows
  7. nytiger500

    nytiger500 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so I tried visdir and it said I was using 34.6 kb of space
  8. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 829

    The partition table is suspect at this time. It would be fantastic if one of the tools revealed unallocated space. "Free" and "used" are descriptive of allocated space.

    It would be helpful if you give complete results for the entire HDD by partition: used, free, total. Also include details about unallocated space.

    Is 34.6 kb a typo?

    As a further check, what is the size of the HDD detected by the bios?

    Many of us seldom or never use the XP installation CD to re-load XP. I believe Fimbles was trying to establish what was done to reformat C:.
  9. nytiger500

    nytiger500 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So my computer already came partitioned and the disc automatically partitions it to the way it came. The bios says the hd is 33.8gb. C: used: 9.2gb free: 5.8gb total: 15gb D: used: 34.6kb free: 11.4gb total: 11.4gb. I have another hard drive I could put in which is 160gb and load windows onto there to see if the same problem occurs.
  10. vinod_dhaka1982

    vinod_dhaka1982 TS Rookie

    Try Kill Disk

    Hi you should try Dban's NUKE or KillDisk to completly wipe out your HDD then install your windows. I am sure it will work.:wave::grinthumb;)
  11. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 829

    Here is my confusion:
    Message #1 in this thread describes a larger HD than what is described in Message #9. If this is the same physical drive, then I have no answer why the bios reports a smaller size by a factor of 3-4 (assumes auto configuragtion).

    You are describing an OEM situation. Computer Management > Drive Management should show both drives AND an <unknown partition> containing the system restore files used to recover the system. 7GB for Recovery Partition sounds like a generous amount of pre-loaded applications.

    You seem to indicate that the OEM Sytem Restore puts you back to out-of-the-box conditions. For larger sized HDDs, that can result in an extra unallocated partition OR the extra space is assigned to existing partitions. The Recovery Partition should always be a fixed size.

    Here is one link about HD size does matter. Converting between binary & decimal versus the advertised HD size causes some of the confusion.

    Pre- SP1 for XP cannot use disk capacity above 137GB ( de-rated to 128GB because of the above),
  12. nytiger500

    nytiger500 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Tried KillDisk and it still says 33gb.

    Could my hard drive just be old and not wanting to work right anymore. I also tried killdisk on another hard drive I own and it said 149gb. Im thinking of getting a new hard drive this weekend.
  13. nytiger500

    nytiger500 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    found the problem. Told my parents about the situation and they decided to get a new comp rather then a new hard drive. so i was in the process of stripping off anything that would be usable I found out that 2 or 3 of the pins had been damaged. I believe this to be the problem. thanks to everyone who tried to help me.
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