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I have a 500gb hitachi hard disk. i had created about 9 partitions last time i created and installed windows xp on about 40 gb space. due to some viruses and slowing down of my computer, i decided to reinstall the windows xp. while doing so, i don't knw what happened, all my data got deleted, along with the partitions. windowws installation didnt happen either. now when i hav successfully installed my windows i can see only a single partition, which is of only 131gb. now i wanted to know what actually must have happened to my harddisk and how can i get all the memory space back.... as soon as possible. please help me....

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You can download a free trial of Partition Magic, it a good HDD Formatting tool.
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Download and install it, Got a really Easy and User friendly interface, probably your HDD got some unformatted space or there may be Partition Table Error.
The software will guide you further.
Do update me, what was the result. Regards, Waqar.

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