Can anybody help me,i have just installed a new hard driver with 160Gb.I partition it and formatted.I then installed windowsxp and aol and when i went into the C driver i only had 2.86GB of memery left.PLEASE can you tell me where its all gone to.
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have you recently formatted your computer installing a new operating system.while installing it you have made attemps to remove the partition and then you have created a new partition.nothing you can do now exept formatting it.ok
You cannot just 'loose' most of the capacity on a hard drive unless you have some serious issue and if that was the case, I would not even recommend you using it!
What I suspect, because of its size, is that you are only seeing one of the formatted (recovery) partition.
In order to use the rest of the hard disk, with the proviso that you want to keep the existing small partition, you need to create and format additional partitions.
This is not a trivial task, but the following is the summary on where to find the facility:
Control Panel -> Admistrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management -> Your Hard disk will be displayed with all existing partitions: after which you can use the context menu to delete/create partitions, Format partitions and assign a drive letter so that you can use the formatted partitions.
Hope it helps: let me know how you go!
Let me see if I can help you out a bit... Adding a 160gb to a 40gb does give you 200gb. BUT!!! you will loose a little bit on each one after formatting the harddrive. The new drive will wind up being about 157 or 159gb give or take a little. ANY harddrive partition, whether it is a c:, d:, etc...you DO have to format EACH drive letter. If you partition your 160gb harddrive into 2 parts, (2) 80gb drives, then they would get two drive letters and both of them get formatted. IF the 40gb drive is C: then the new 160gb partitioned in half would be D: & E:. CDROM Drive would be F: and so on.... Floppy Drives, CDrom Drives, DVD Drives, you do not have to format like a hard drive...
If you add a 1gb stick of memory to your existing 256mb stick of memory then you WOULD have 1gb + 256mb. If you remove the 256mb and just add 1gb, then you would just have 1gb.
the 7GB is probably the first partition from previous installation. You will need to delete all partitions on drive and then format the drive, that is if all is backed up. once that is done you can create a few "new" partitions and install Windoze to the first partition. make sure to make that one active and/or primary. the other partition you can use for Data.
try downloading any program that manages
disks (partition magic for example ) and see if all the space appears in
that program, if so assign to that space a drive letter and format it
.... (with the program that u will use )
check the partition table, maybe their unspecified disk, delete all and recreate a new partition.
Otherwise use create the remaining as a logical drive
so that you will not re-installed the Operating system including the driver of your hardware