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Old HD Recovery lead to little to no Disk Space left

  1. #31

    Quote Originally Posted by BinkerNate View Post
    I can't low level format my drive because it won't allow me to, stating it will screw up my computer.

    As for diskpart...IDK, let me see....
    Not "That" low level format, just "Safe erase" to fill disk with zeroes so there's no hidden leftovers. Can do all that thru Easus Partition Master, can do a partition at a time without affecting others. It's "Wipe partition" or "Wipe data" depending weather you want to wipe undefined or defined partition. Either way it replaces any data with zeroes and you can choose how many times it does it.

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  2. #32

    Posts : 59
    Windows 8

    Just to update a bit:
    Okay, I called iBUYPOWER, and found out something. Remember that image I posted with the "refresh/reinstall" on it? That's not where I was suppose to go. Because Win8 caused that confusion, I actually refreshed my computer, not actually reset it, even though the steps were very much like how I saw them when I first got this thing. As I told them and I will say it here: I will do the reset, even call them so they can help me and be safe, but I'll have to do this tomorrow or Thursday, as I'm going to be away tonight until tomorrow. I will have to redo the transfer from this to my laptop to save what was here. Hopefully this'll work this time.
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  3. #33

    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD

    Thanks Nate, I posted on SF.

    I think we should finish over there. The threads on EF were to get you past the free space issue. I won't post in both places, but a link would be helpful once you start in case anyone is trying to follow this to a resolution.

    As we discussed, let me know when you finish the Reset and I can suggest how best to partition your drive to isolate the OS from data.
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  4. #34

    Posts : 59
    Windows 8


    Here's what happened:
    I called iBUYPOWER to do the reset, but once we started doing that, we reached a problem and also the main problem for this issue: the reset could not be done because the drive, most likely due to the file transfer, got corrupted. That would explain the GB loss. So the only option was to do the clean install, which required completely deleting all partitions, and popping in the other two discs following the reinstall for the motherboard and video/audio/etc.

    After doing all that...I GOT MY GBS BACK!


    And as advised to do so after this was completed, I transferred my files back, and the remaining storage is the true remaining GBs: 344GB, not 80GB, out of 465GB. So, success!

    Thanks for out for those who helped me on the two problems: files from the old HD, and the GBs from the new. Sure there were negatives here and there, but the fact that the issue was resolved in the end is the greatest thing that makes the bad days worth it.

    Till next time!
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