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1. My Lenova G560 has Windows 7. When I loaded it with XP, the HDs capacity has reduced from 330 GB to 130 GB. Kindly advise, how can I restore it to its full capacity of 330 GB. Which software to use partition and formating. 2. no laptop has floppy drive to use a boot-up floppy disk. How can I boot up, using a cdrom that has FDISK and Format in DOS. Would it work if I copy FDISK and Format applications from a floppy to a CDROM in order to boot up on starting a corrupt HD? Kind regards vhdas

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  • vhdas Apr 01, 2011

    Probably I did not give the full details of my complaint. When I bought the laptop, it was with Win 7 loaded in a 300 GB HDD. As I was working in an Island (Maldives) I had no internet connection for any update including Win 7 update. My C Drive was 270 GB and D drive 30 GB
    (That is how it was partitioned) C Drive had about 170 GB of Data (video and movies) and the OS. When I returned after one year, I connected it to the net for upgrade. As the process was going on for some time, Istopped it and shut it down. Later when I restarted it I found all that data of 170 GB are missing and the C Drive volume is also reduced by 170 GB.

    I applied the one key restoration by which all the lost data were recovered yet the 170 GB space was lost when I check the volume graph of C drive.

    As Win 7 was not user friendly as XP, I thought of loading XP as OS and as such I formatted the C Drive from XP CD thinking that it would format the entire 270 GB. of C Drive. When loading was complete, I noticed that the C Drive showed only 100 GB and lost 170 GB.

    The XP OS was functioning as usual except for the lost 170 GB of space within the entire C Drive. This is what the problem I am facing to rectify. Can anyone kindly suggest a software that can recover the entire volume of 300 GB as raw so that I can do partition and format later.
    I don't want to recover any data, partion etc for that matter but I wanted it in a raw state of 300 GB, its full capacity (as you buy a new HDD from dealer).

    Thank you very much.

    Regards, V.H. Das

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Hi There,

You can access the functions in DOS you desire from any XP Disc. I prefer an XP SP3 but all will work.

1. Insert the disk and reboot, using whatever F key at boot that gets you to device selection.
2. Boot from the Optical Drice
3. Let Setup run until you reach the point where you are offered the options of installing or repairing by hitting the R key
4. Hit the R key and you'll immediately be shunted to the DOS command prompt.
5. Type HELP and then hit Enter key
6. All available DOS commands will be displayed
7. Hit the enter key a few times and you'll have the list and a command prompt.
8. Type in your choice and hit enter.

Regards,

Selk

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Hi.
Yes, it should work if you copy them onto a cd. Just make sure that when you burn the cd, make sure that you select to " make a bootable cd".

As far as the size of the drive goes, xp should have recognized the correct size to begin with.

If you click on " computer" on your start tab, it shows all the drives.

Right click on the drive in question, and select properties.

Next select the "tools" tab.

Click on the button for " error checking".

If it is the same drive that your operating system is on, then it will ask if you want it to run at the next boot.
Tell it yes, and then close the properties box, and reboot and allow the system to run error check.

It may just have been a MFT glitch, where it reported the wrong size to windows.

After it runs, it will then boot the system up into windows.

When it's done booting up, open "computer and see if it now shows the correct size.

It may, or may not.

If so, then you are good to go, if not, then you may have to format the drive so that it uses the unallocated portion of the drive.
I hope this helps you out, good luck to you.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011

  • vhdas Apr 02, 2011

    Probably I did not give the full details of my complaint. When I bought the laptop, it was with Win 7 loaded in a 300 GB HDD. As I was working in an Island (Maldives) I had no internet connection for any update including Win 7 update. My C Drive was 270 GB and D drive 30 GB (That is how it was partitioned) C Drive had about 170 GB of Data (video and movies) and the OS. When I returned after one year, I connected it to the net for upgrade. As the process was going on for some time, Istopped it and shut it down. Later when I restarted it I found all that data of 170 GB are missing and the C Drive volume is also reduced by 170 GB. I applied the one key restoration by which all the lost data were recovered yet the 170 GB space was lost when I check the volume graph of C drive. As Win 7 was not user friendly as XP, I thought of loading XP as OS and as such I formatted the C Drive from XP CD thinking that it would format the entire 270 GB. of C Drive. When loading was complete, I noticed that the C Drive showed only 100 GB and lost 170 GB. The XP OS was functioning as usual except for the lost 170 GB of space within the entire C Drive. This is what the problem I am facing to rectify. Can anyone kindly suggest a software that can recover the entire volume of 300 GB as raw so that I can do partition and format later. I don't want to recover any data, partion etc for that matter but I wanted it in a raw state of 300 GB, its full capacity (as you buy a new HDD from dealer). Thank you very much. Regards, V.H. Das

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To check and alter your hard drive partitions I suggest you use Easus Partition Manager - it's freeware and can be downloaded here:

http://download.cnet.com/EASEUS-Partition-Master-Home-Edition/3000-2248_4-10863346.html

I'm not sure what you are trying to do with the second question. Are you suggesting formatting the disk again and re-installing XP?

If you want to boot from CD and run diagnotics then you can download Ultimate Boot CD from here and burn it to a disc that will then be bootable.

thttp://www.ubcd4win.com

This is also freeware.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011

  • David Richards Apr 01, 2011

    OK, now I understand your problem better. Thanks for the more detailed description.

    I think the issue is caused by the Rescue and Recovery utility that is provided by IBM on the Lenovo. Other users that have experienced this problem have been able to free up the space by going into Rescue and Recovery and deleting all backups.

    I would suggect that you make sure you have a backup of all data first and then try the above.

    If this is successful I would also suggest that you remove the Rescue and Recovery program as it is known to cause such problems, and Windows recovery features should be more than adequate for future use.

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