My Sony desktop is 4 years old. It came with a partitioned hard drive, C&D, about 20 GB and 100 GB, respectively. I also added another hard drive in the machine shortly after purchase (160 GB). Everythign worked fine for 3.5 years until the 20 GB C drive started running out of space. After getting tired of always trying to free up more space, I surfed around on my computer and found the settings to modify the partition!! Well, when I set up to double my C drive, the machine did several things all at once: 1) It reset my C: as to when I first purchased the machine (my virus protector was already expired), 2) my D: was unaffected (it was not maxed out on space since I used the installed hard drive most often) and 3) my self-installed hard drive was completely wiped 100%.
I tried undoing the procedure but to no avail. I have not written anything new to the hard drive so I am wondering if its at all posibble to retrieve all the items I lost (tons of pictures/videos).
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Re: hard drive wiped :(
No. Not if the partition table was re-written on the 160GB and any data was written to it. If there is info that MUST be retrieved, there are pay services that can bit-retrieve and reconstruct some files. There is no guarantee.
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In that case it affects the file system of your hard drive that's why it fails the windows vista installation. In order to fix it you need to delete the partition of your hard drive and create a new one using a partition manager software. If you can connect your hard drive into another computer you can perform a disk partition using the Disk Management (In Windows XP: Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management)
To help you with the procedure on "How to use Disk Management."
Using Disk Management, after creating a partition in your drive, proceed to formatting.
If you connect the drives using one single ribbon cable with two connectors on it then you need to set the drives to Master/Slave using the jumpers on the drives. Master being your OS drive.
If you are running a very old Operating System, make sure it can support a 20GB drive.
You need to copy the restore partitions to a cd for back up.the wipe the drive using drivescrubber.also have a start up disc for back up.wiping the drive from back to front should keep the basic files for dos.its easy and there is a free version.
You probably need an OEM version of XP...not that IBM version. If you buy an OEM version, you can use it many computers. A real XP disc will partition, format, and delete partitions on any functioning Hard drive. Don't buy a recovery disc, please. That just sounds WRONG.
A cheaper solution might be a new Hard Drive...but I don't trust your IBM version of XP.
14GB is not usually enough for a C drive. Because the system restore feature is good at hogging up your space. And yes gettting a new hard drive should do the trick. But make sure that the windows drive is allocated atleast 20-40GB. Maxtor drives are an inexpensive option. I have seen a 1000GB Maxtor drive priced at around 120$!
Looks like this unit is a couple of years old by the specs.
160 to 200 GB would ba a good size to install in the unit.
It is easy to replace the hard drive. Just remove the old one and install the new by reversing the procedure. Just make sure that the jumper is set to master( which is how the new ones come jumpered)
Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 1.50 GHz (2)
128 MB PC-800 RDRAM (expandable to 512 MB)
400 MHz Front Side Bus
60 GB (3) Ultra ATA/100 hard drive
16X max. DVD-ROM/40X max. CD-ROM
12X8X32X max. CD-RW Drive
High-speed Internet ready with 10 Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet
4X AGP 3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration (NVIDIA® GeForce2 MXTM )
32 MB Video Memory (SDRAM)
i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) chipset on motherboard (1)
Front accessible i.LINK (IEEE 1394) interface and USB connections (1)
Programmable VAIO SmartTM Keyboard
V.90 compatible data/fax modem
External stereo speakers
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe