I purchased a new 500GB hard drive for my laptop (Dell Inspiron E1505) as well as an external case and software to clone my old drive. The software is CMS Products Data Transfer software. The drive is a seagate 500gb 2.5" SATA. I installed the drive in the case, hooked up the USB cable, went to disk manager in Win XP and initialized the drive. Then I formated the drive with only one partition taking up all the available space (something like 460gb i think it said). Then i installed and ran the software. After that I was able to view all the files on the new drive, so I assumed it worked properly. I removed my old drive and installed the new one in the laptop and tried to boot up. It wouldn't boot. It gave me some kind of disk error (don't remember exactly what), so I put the old drive back in. It booted up fine. When i tried to view the new drive again, it said it wasn't formated so I went back to disk manager. Now in disk manager it says the drive is only a 54gb drive and doesn't show any unallocated space. I tried formating the drive, but it won't let me format it any larger than 54gb. What happened to the rest of the space and how do i fix it?
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Re: Lost space on new hard drive
Delete the 54GB partition it made and try formatting again. dont do a quick format. Make sure to not interrupt it. if its the type with 2 usb plugs try plugging them into 2 ports that are furthest away from each other. USB devices are usualy 5v and can be powered by the extra usb plug sometimes using 2 on the same channel doesnt have enough juice and it will error formatting or copying large files.
If that doesnt fix it return it for an exchage, sometimes drives are fualty but its not likely to happen twice in a row.
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The computer restore is trying to partition the drive into 2 logical drives and it cannot allocate the space it needs. Unless you have a clone of the drive or other hard drive there is nothing that you can do except get the right size.
1. This could be due to several things. a. The power supply for the external drive is not working properly b. A broken power supply connector. c. The USB drive was disconnected improperly > that is not disconnected safely in Windows d. The external drive controller in the USB case is defective. A new case is needed.
You will need to reinstall with your Office disk and re-enter your serial number. Microsoft also requires you to authenticate the install with them after the installation to insure it is genuine. You will never recover the lost files if the old drive has been formatted. If the old drive still has all the information you can put it back in and back up all the .doc files to a cd or jump drive and re-install them once you put Office on the new drive. You shold have invested in a cloning device for upgrading the disk as it just takes a few minutes to make a mirror image of the old disk on the new drive. Buy this: You will never need to reinstall software again!
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You can download everything until you have free space on HD drive. But you need at least 20 (minimum) percent of free space on disc for operating system. That model usually have installed 80Gb hard drive and it is very good laptop and if you want to upgrade that laptop just replace disc with bigger one and add more ram memory (2Gb).
hey there, open up my computer and right click on your c drive. This will open a window with a pie chart showing used and free space. If you are out of free space I would run cc cleaner located here .
run the top two cleaners located in the left column. This will clean up all of your trash. Next, any files such as photos or music, transfer to disc, external hard drive or a usb flash drive as your disk drive is too small. Another option would be to get a larger hard drive. Most computers have space to add another inside or the easiest would be to purchase a usb external drive, move all files to it and leave your programs on the hard drive you have. If you need more help, let me know. seth
From what I gather basically you want to copy everything off of your 40GB and put it on the new 320GB and the install correct? Why don't you do a backup (Start>All programs>System Tools>Backup to the external 500GB drive. Install the new 320GB drive and then load the operating system from your operating system disc, then restore the data from the 500GB you backed up, or am I missing something.I know it is not as convenient as cloning but sounds like you may need to do it the old fashion way..there is no good reason that the cloning software would quit reading your disc unless it's some kind of "only get one chance and throw away software".