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jdogsc
09-30-2007, 02:47 AM
My computer recently crashed and I reloaded Windows Xp and I was able to restore the OS. My computer had one hard drive with 2 paritions, C drive and D drive (which was a FAT32 partition). The total hard drive space had 40 GB and now after my computer crashed it only has 37.5 GB of hard drive space. There is a cluster of about 2.5 GB that I cannot access even after I restored my PC with Windows XP. So is there any way I can get back the 2.5 GB of hard drive space? If so, how can I do this?

Thanks

Twey
09-30-2007, 01:11 PM
Try rewriting the partition table.

jdogsc
09-30-2007, 03:29 PM
Try rewriting the partition table.

How would I do that?

lainlives
09-30-2007, 05:52 PM
Partition Table Doctor can do it, but it costs money, Twey might be able to come up with a free one, he is cheap like that.

j/k Twey

Twey
09-30-2007, 07:18 PM
Most partitioning programs will do it. Windows' fdisk will suffice.

lainlives
09-30-2007, 08:35 PM
xp home doesnt have it, i have tried alot, as far as i know it could just be xp lacking it altogether

http://xs319.xs.to/xs319/07390/clipboard5F.png

Twey
09-30-2007, 08:50 PM
I'm pretty sure it exists still. They might have moved it to the recovery console. It's DOS-based, running it from a GUI won't do much.

jdogsc
09-30-2007, 09:47 PM
I have Norton partition magic and it detects the missing hard drive space but that's all it seems to do. Is there anything in Norton partition magic that I could use to restore it?

Thanks

Twey
09-30-2007, 09:55 PM
I'm not familiar with that program, but you could perhaps try just growing your main partition into it.

lainlives
09-30-2007, 11:18 PM
I'm pretty sure it exists still. They might have moved it to the recovery console. It's DOS-based, running it from a GUI won't do much.

i did it in 9x and 2k, they removed it, chkdsk does do minor recovory of things, the one in xp is much better than the old ones


oh the run menu is a command prompt

techno_race
10-05-2007, 01:12 AM
the run menu is a command prompt
Not quite.
Run menu:
Run: fdisk
Command prompt:
C:\WINDOWS> fdisk
:p
But that was definitely a GUI box. Command Prompt would have returned:
'fdisk' not valid
or something. Try going to Start > Run, then typing 'cmd,' hitting Enter, typing fdisk and hitting Enter.

benslayton
10-05-2007, 04:08 PM
Lainlives PM me if your interested in Partition Table Doctor.

lainlives
10-05-2007, 04:14 PM
http://xs320.xs.to/xs320/07405/ClipboardB2.png


Not quite.
Run menu:
Run: fdisk
Command prompt:
C:\WINDOWS> fdisk
:p
But that was definitely a GUI box. Command Prompt would have returned:
'fdisk' not valid
or something. Try going to Start > Run, then typing 'cmd,' hitting Enter, typing fdisk and hitting Enter.

it still does everything that cmd.exe can do

Twey
10-05-2007, 07:45 PM
No it doesn't... try:
type nul > \emptyfile.txtIt's only capable of running programs, it doesn't have cmd.exe's builtins (such as type or cd), stream control operators (such as > or |), or flow control structures (such as if or goto).

heart_live1314
09-08-2010, 02:45 PM
Yeah, I just run into the same trouble before.
How you deal with this big problem?
Built-in disk management?
My friend told me to choose the 3rd software to finish the operation--partition assistant, you heard it. I will have a try.

traq
09-09-2010, 04:27 AM
this thread is over three years old. you should start a new thread for your problem.

I actually had to deal with this problem once - before the crash, I had a 500GB hard drive. After, Windows only recognized 15 of them. :(

I fixed it by installing Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com/) and using its Disk Utility. Worked like a charm.

If you don't want to install Ubuntu, you can run it from a flash drive - it won't leave anything on your system.

jscheuer1
09-30-2010, 04:07 PM
this thread is over three years old. you should start a new thread for your problem.

Right you are. Any further questions, folks should start their own thread.

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