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After reformatting - hard drive is only 10GB

Due to a virus I had to reformat the hard drive and reinstall both windows and the original HP software. I have everything working except my hard drive is now 10GB...it was 80GB before. Why is this? When I click on My Computer I only see a C drive. I believe I used to see a D drive as well. How can I fix this without reinstallling everything again? Is it possible?

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Hp and Compaq usually have drives partitioned into 2, second is used for recovery. What I'm thinking happened here might be that when you re-install your windows, you might have picked the smallest size(2nd partition). The only way out is to re-install your windows and when you do that, you kust delete the biggest partition or try partiton magic.

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