How can I check what size Hard drive I should have

  daveella123 02:41 27 Mar 2009

I might be being thick- but looking at reviews of my Compaq presario SR1729UK,(from 2006 when I bought it from PC world)they all mention the 300GB hard drive. However all I seem to have is 84.6Gb in C drive and 6GB in D drive. Does that make any sense? Could I have "lost" GB somewhere? Very confused now!

  crosstrainer 07:29 27 Mar 2009

Something is certainly wrong here. You will have a restore partition (occupying the 6 odd gb) but i can't see where the rest of the drive space has gone.

Try this :

Open control panel and go to device manager

Then open administrative tools

Then storage

Disk drives

Check to see if you have any unallocated space, and post back.

  daveella123 08:33 27 Mar 2009


There is a partition called Acronis SZ which is FAT32. It says its an "unknown" partition and its 188.77GB! It says its "healthy". My C drive is NTFS.
So how can I get it back?

  crosstrainer 08:37 27 Mar 2009

Good! We have found the missing space. Do you have an Acronis cd?

If so, you can safely re-size your windows partition....But take care.

Post back and I will give you a link to a free partition management tool...But these must be used with care!

  john bunyan 08:43 27 Mar 2009

See Here fro Acronis sz click here
I wonder if this pc belonged to someone else before you bought it, as NSTC is the norm these days.

  crosstrainer 08:46 27 Mar 2009

I was thinking similarly, Acronis SZ is actually a restore partition (Acronis safe zone)

I use an external usb hdd for my backups, so have no need of the FAT32 space... As you correctly point out, this could have been installed by a previous owner.

  daveella123 08:58 27 Mar 2009

No I don't have any acronis software! How bizarre! Why would it need to be FAT32? I have just bought a western digital elements 1TB external drive.
So how on earth do I resize the partition?!

  crosstrainer 09:01 27 Mar 2009

Ok. Do you have a Windows Installation DVD?

If so, you will be safe in RESIZING the existin partiton using:

click here

When you have downloaded, post back if you are in any way confused!!

  daveella123 09:04 27 Mar 2009

No I don't have a windows dvd in came preinstalled on the pc.

  crosstrainer 09:08 27 Mar 2009

Ok...Still not a problem, but sinch you do not use Acronis, you may as well proceed to re-size your partiton.

Download the tool in my previous link, install and then post back


Post first :))

  john bunyan 11:07 27 Mar 2009

Also I would reformat to NSTC but maybe involve the seller.

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