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Old 02-16-2013, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Deleted a partition on my computer, lost the GB space for my main HD

On my second computer, I installed VMware. I apparently clicked the wrong thing and caused the program to partition my main C drive. I ran into some issues with the VMware, so I just uninstalled it. I then noticed some other quirky issues, so I did a system restore last night, and put the computer back to about a week back.

I wanted to get rid of the partition (thinking that the space in the partition would go to my C drive). In the process of deleting the partition that had been created, It shows that my C drive has lost a tremendous amount of the space. The main C drive had 1TB of space, now it only has 174gb left on it. I am unsure as to have to fix this now. The computer is running Windows 8 currently.

How do I get the volume/space back into my main HD?
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A program like:
Download Partition Magic 8.0
or this:
Easeus Partition Master Home Edition - CNET Download.com

You need to remerge the partitions.
Or, you can just activate and format the other part and keep it as a second drive. That can be done with windows.
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Hmmm.. well I did the expand volume on the main disk and it brought it right back to its original size. But I am going to look at those programs you linked. So now it appears that by expanding the volume option increased the main C drive. (I am assuming it just saw the unallocated space from the deleted partition)

I am soooo glad this is a practice computer, and not my main computer! LOL

Thanks for the links and info!
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Ok weird, so I did a defrag on main drive. It looks like I didn't recovery all the space from expanding the main C drive. It says 848GB free of 915GB instead of saying 848GB of 1TB.

So I guess I just expanded the C drive, and didn't necessarily recover the lost space from the deleted partition.

Ok, going to those links you provided. Still working this out.

Ok, so I am looking at this video "how to", and it shows a program AOMEI for restoring deleted partions. By the way, I didn't have any files or data on that deleted partition. If I run a program like in the video and recover the deleted partition will I then be able to merge the partition with my main C drive? Will this cause data loss to my main HD? Or will it just move the space back to my C drive?

In addition, now that I have expanded the C drive, will it cause issues if I merge?

Lots of questions here...
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It is the difference of how HD manufactures lable drives and how Windows recognize it.

HD manufactures say 1mb = 1000 kb versus the 1024.

You loose around 7% of what the drive manufactures says.
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It is the difference of how HD manufactures lable drives and how Windows recognize it.

HD manufactures say 1mb = 1000 kb versus the 1024.

You loose around 7% of what the drive manufactures says.
I see, so if I had 1TB on a SATA drive, it isn't going to show as 1TB when I look in my computer.

But I guess, what I am trying to figure out is, when I expanded my C drive, did it recover the deleted partition space? Or did it just do a big expansion? Should I still try to recover the deleted partition, and merge it with the C drive? Or is the expansion sufficient and just leave it alone.
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Ok reading some more stuff online, so what I am getting is that what the manufacturer is saying is 1TB really isn't math wise, due to the binary system and how its converted into decimals? Hmmm.. interesting.
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Ok after more reading I think extending the main partion (C drive) that has the MBR on it may have brought the volume up to the 915GB but I am still missing some GB. In addition I am wondering how to just go back and restore the Main Disk. So I am thinking my only option might be to just back up the current data I have on this computer, and do a clean install reformatting the disk, I think the reformatting will put it back to its original size won't it? Please give me your thoughts on this. This is my new "practice" computer, so I don't have a whole lot on it currently. I might not do a back up on it.

By the way this machine when bought new, came with an image of the Operating System of Windows 8. Seems now a days if you buy a prebuilt computer, they companies no longer give you an actual CD of the operating system. They do a partition on the HD and put the OS as an image on it. If I flat out buy the windows 8 OS and do a clean install this won't have an affect on the HD will it? It will just wipe out the partition and clean image? I notice that there are some other partitions in there with system restore/recovery. But I imagine that are the restore points, just not sure.

Anyway, I would love more thoughts, opinions while I am trying to figure out what to do next.
Thanks!

PS. I looked at the software to recover the partition, but it doesn't necessarily clarify that I can merge it to the main partition. I have extended the main partition which I don't think really recovers that partition I deleted it just extended it.
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This system:

Computer

Model : ASUS CM6330_CM6630_CM6730_CM6830-8 Desktop
Chassis : Desktop
Mainboard : ASUS CM6330_CM6630_CM6730_CM6830
Serial Number : 1210033********
BIOS : AMI (OEM) 0404 09/28/2012
Total Memory : 5.7GB DIMM DDR3

Processors
Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3220 CPU @ 3.30GHz (2C 4T 3.3GHz, 3.3GHz IMC, 2x 256kB L2, 3MB L3)
Socket/Slot : FC LGA1155

Chipset
Memory Controller : ASUS Core (Ivy Bridge) DRAM Controller 100MHz, 2x 3GB DIMM DDR3 1.6GHz 128-bit, Integrated Graphics

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : Asint SLA302G08-GGNHC 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800U DDR3-1600 (11-11-11-29 5-40-13-6)
Memory Module : Asint SLZ302G08-GGNHC 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800U DDR3-1600 (11-11-11-29 5-40-13-6)

Video System
Monitor/Panel : Hewlett Packard HP w1907
(1440x900, 25.7")
Video Adapter : Intel(R) HD Graphics (6CU 6SP SM5.0 350MHz/1GHz, 256MB DDR3 1.6GHz/3GHz 128-bit, Integrated Graphics)

Graphics Processor
OpenCL GP Processor : Intel(R) HD Graphics (6SP 6C 350MHz/1GHz, 1.5GB DDR3 1.6GHz/3GHz 128-bit, Integrated Graphics)
Compute Shader Processor : Intel(R) HD Graphics (6SP 350MHz/1GHz, 256MB DDR3 1.6GHz/3GHz 128-bit, Integrated Graphics)

Storage Devices
Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm) : 932GB (C: )
Generic- Multi-Card (USB2) : N/A (G: )
ASUS DVD RAM GH92N (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : N/A (E: )

Logical Storage Devices
Windows (C: ) : 915GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm)
Windows RE tools : 800MB (NTFS)
Recovery image : 15GB (NTFS)
Removable Drive (G: ) : N/A @ Generic- Multi-Card (USB2)
Optical Drive (E: ) : N/A @ ASUS DVD RAM GH92N (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)

Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : ASUS H61 LPC Controller
LPC Legacy Controller 1 : T0 C3-33
Audio Device : ASUS Cougar Point High Definition Audio Controller
Audio Codec : Realtek Semi High Definition Audio
Disk Controller : ASUS Cougar Point 4 port SATA IDE Controller
Disk Controller : ASUS Cougar Point 2 port SATA IDE Controller
Disk Controller : ASUS Asmedia 106x SATA Controller
USB Controller 1 : ASUS Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
USB Controller 2 : ASUS Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
USB Controller 3 : ASUS ASMedia XHCI Controller
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : Intel ICH SMBus

Printers and Faxes
Printer : Microsoft XPS Document Writer v4 (600x600, Colour)
Fax : Microsoft Shared Fax Driver (200x200)

Peripherals

Network Services
Network Adapter : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (Ethernet)
Wireless Adapter : NETGEAR WNDA3100v2 N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter (802.11g (ERP), AES-CCMP, 54Mbps)

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 8 Home 6.02.9200
Platform Compliance : x64

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Hmmm.. the recovery image 15GB, am wondering if that is the windows 8 image.
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Here is what I am looking at inside the Disk Management Screen:


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