Lost Disk Space

  mcheathen 00:28 29 Jul 2011

I recently fixed an Avent 7095 laptop by installing XP and choosing the option which did not involve re-formating the HDD.

The HDD seems to have a lot of space that is either hidden somewhere or lost. Is there some way of recovering it?

  mole44 06:15 29 Jul 2011

I have an advent desktop pc (No sniggering,oh ok you can if you want,I think you`ll find it's a hidden portion with the operating system on it for a factory restore.By the way my the pc works fine never let me down in 3 years, well done pc world.

  woodchip 09:36 29 Jul 2011

Have you looked in Disc Management to see if it shows a Hidden Partition

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:57 29 Jul 2011

choosing the option which did not involve re-formating the HDD.

The old op system files will still be on there and may well be hidden as well as a hidden recovery partition for the old system.

What size drive, what space left, what have you got on the drive?

  mcheathen 00:12 30 Jul 2011

I'll have a look for the partition with Disk Management. The disk is 55GB after XP was re-installed there was only 15GB free space.

  mcheathen 00:14 30 Jul 2011

Quite a lot of progs showed up when looking at the list on C:\, but none of them actually worked. Its as if they are ghost files.

  mcheathen 00:24 30 Jul 2011

The existenc eof the recovery partition is an interesting point, because while the Advent was having the bother, i.e. not booting up - there was no apparent way of accessing the partition. Now that XP has been re-installed there should be no problem accessing it.

  mcheathen 01:12 01 Aug 2011

Looke in the Disk Management, but only one partition - the C:/ drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:47 01 Aug 2011

If there is nothing you want on the drive try a recovery to factory settings.

Advent full recovery procedure 1.Turn on the PC.

2.Just after the first screen appears (the logo screen), press the F10(F11) key repeatedly until a recovery menu appears.

3.Select one of the following procedures, depending on which recovery type you want to perform:

To perform a standard system recovery, click Next, and then click Yes

To perform a destructive recovery, click Advanced, (select Destructive Recovery) and then click Next.

CAUTION: A destructive recovery will format the hard drive. This will delete all the information on the hard drive and reinstall Windows and the original software that came with the computer.

4.Read and respond to each window and screen that appears. After the System Recovery is complete, the PC restarts and continues into Windows setup. Complete the setup screens and wait until the computer finishes the setup.

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