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Problem with hard disk partition

I installed windows xp when i got my new Lenovo Y410. The HDD capacity was 160GB as per spec. Now i had formatted my system and while trying to reinstall the OS it shows only 130GB instead of 160GB.

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If you don't want to recover data (as system is already formatted) from the hidden hard drive then you can release it for our use using the following method.
In your "Computer management" (under setting --> control panel --> admnistrative tools menu) in storage section you will find all partitions under "Disk Management" window. There you can go for the hidden drive and can delete the partition so that you can make a new partition and make use of it.

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There is a default and a hidden partition on it.. consist of all the back-up drivers for the laptop.. i recommend you go to the lenovo site and search on how to access the hidden partition..

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