I have a 80 gig drive but 10 gig missing

  [email protected] 13:52 20 Jan 2006

My hard drive is an 80 gig once there was a partion there which I deleted thinking this would then restore my disc back to its normal size 80 gig. now it has just gone and I cannot find the lost space

  [DELETED] 13:59 20 Jan 2006

this is because when a hard drive is formatted, it looses some of its overall space. This is not a problem with your hard drive so don't worry about it. It is the same with my 250gb hdd, I can only use 210gb of it and will be with everyones.

  Simsy 14:37 20 Jan 2006

a partition wont give it's space to another one.

If it's winXP your using look in Disc management and read the help for "extending" partitions.

Alternatively, one of the other specific programs such as Partition Magic makes this sort of thing a lot easier!

Good luck,



  [DELETED] 17:57 21 Jan 2006

Am I right in saying there is only about 74Gb on the drive? If so then this is normal. It is due to the different ways that hard drive manufacturers and Windows quote a Gb to be. Basically, HDD manufacturers call 1,000,000,000 bytes to be a gigabyte, but Windows says that 1,073,741,824 bytes is a gigabyte. This discrepancy leads to Windows quoting the size as 74Gb instead of 80Gb.

There is a good explaination if you click here

  Diemmess 18:03 21 Jan 2006

Deleting a partition, does just that.

As Simsy says you have only made that section of the HD "disappear" and not regained any space.
If you follow his advice you should find you have a hefty chunk more space available at last.

  [DELETED] 20:21 21 Jan 2006

I have a similar problem to aljz. I have an 80 gig HD but only 10 gig is visible. How can I restore the missing gig's?

  [DELETED] 20:38 21 Jan 2006

You need to check disk manager to see what partitions you have. See Sinsy's post above.

  [DELETED] 12:18 22 Jan 2006

I have a partition but I can't access it. I can't refomat it or delete it.

What does lol mean?
What does ^ mean?

  [DELETED] 15:15 22 Jan 2006

Are you sure there is a partition there, and it is not just empty unpartitioned space. Try creating a partition and formatting it.

lol - Laugh Out Loud

  [DELETED] 15:17 22 Jan 2006

Not sure where you got ^ from. It is used in mathematics to mean "to the power of". ie. 10^5 is 10 to the power of 5, which is 10*10*10*10*10, or 100,000.

  [DELETED] 16:31 22 Jan 2006

I have tried to create a partition and also format but it won't allow me to do anything

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