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    Hard drive problems


    Hello,
    I really messed up my hard drives trying to make my new computer a duel boot laptop. I have an I7-3630qm processor, 2 hard drives, Nvidia gt675mx vidio card and windows 8. I foolishly tried several times to get a linux os to boot, was not happening, and I locked the whole computer. would not boot from cd drive or anything. I paid to fix this problem, they reinstaled windows 8, but looking at my hard drives now one should be 750GB and the other should be 128GB a SSD. I have nothing on this laptop I care to save just want to get the partitions that vanished back. I have tried to use EaseUS Partition I saw mentioned in other posts, but to no avail. In my Computer Management window Disk D: is showing 698.64GB and disk C: is showing 118.90GB with an unallocated 351 MB?
    Help Please

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    If I'm reading this right, you paid someone to fix it (nothing wrong with that), then reinstalled windows 8. If this is correct, then when the OS was reinstalled the drives where erased/wiped clean. It's now as if you have a brand new laptop with all the factory setting. There is no way now to retrieve any of the data. If you want the partitions back, only the partitions, you can just re-partition the drives as you had them.
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    Their was no data or any thing on that laptop both the hard drives shank and I would like to get the size back. 750GB and 128GB. I have an old barly working Vista system this new laptop I want to get working well before I move my stuff over. can I just do a re format for the whole drives and the reinstall windows 8. 750GB drive is now reading 698.64GB and 128GB drive reading 351MB and 118.90GB.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ghod what a Clusterfook. that 698gb partition is your 750 Gigger - Is this a Seagate Hybrid drive? I got one just like it.

    That 351 MB partition is your Grub partition- It's needed to boot Windows Vista/7/8 - Delete it at your peril. Windows Vista through 8 reverse about 100MB out of the boot partition to hold a grub installer.

    (Actually that's what I thought, but I think Windows 8 is different and uses the whole drive - I'll have to look at a Windows 7 system I just got in)

    Yep I was right - Windows 8 seems to use all of the partition it is on - Windows 7 always wants to reserve exactly 100MB for some kind of Loader. I know for a fact, my computer here, on a 320GB partition, always had a 100MB space always unallocated. But after upgrading to Windows 8 it is no longer there.

    So that 300 MB may be some kind of recovery partition, or, the remains of your Unix OS. - Windows 8 would not be able to recognize it.
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    Posts : 146
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    118 GB is about right for a "128GB" drive. My "120GB" Intel SSD shows 111GB in My Computer.

    Stolen from Hardforum.com:

    "One gigabyte in binary is 1,073,741,824 bytes (2^30), but in decimal its only 1,000,000,000 bytes (10^9), which is a difference of 73,741,824 bytes (~70MB).
    So, when we're talking about storage size in gigabytes a hard drive's capacity as reported by the OS will be about 7% less than what is advertised by the hard drive manufacturer."
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    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Your drives are the correct size. There is a 7% difference in when converting computer KiloBytes, MegaBytes, GigaBytes to plain bytes.. Id leave that 384MB partition alone, it may be a windows 8 boot loader. Its not that big and you wont miss it. I just had the same headache with a 16GB flashdrive I just bought it was only 14.x GB and i actually needed 15GB of space so I bought a 32GB drive to still only have 28GB usable . Grrrr Its like with everything else. a 2x4 stud is not actually 2" x 4"..

    Brooklyn
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    As was said, your disk capacities in binary are correct. But you got another problem. Your C partition is dynamic. That is not normal. You better reconvert that partition to primary.

    Use the Partition Wizard 4.2.2. (pw422) which you can download from here. This is an .iso which you have to burn to CD. Then boot with this CD and convert. Here is a little tutorial on how to do that. Make sure you have an image of C before you manipulate it.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Your C partition is dynamic. That is not normal. You better reconvert that partition to primary.

    Use the Partition Wizard 4.2.2. (pw422) which you can download from here. This is an .iso which you have to burn to CD. Then boot with this CD and convert. Here is a little tutorial on how to do that. Make sure you have an image of C before you manipulate it.

    Ya hes right, whoever set that drive up did it the wrong way for a System drive. It can cause you BIG problems if the drive develops read element failure, I've had Dynamic partitions just up and vanish before- and all of my recovery techniques don't work on drives partitioned that way.
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    Thank You


    I downloaded Partition wizard professional, home version does not have the functionality, and fixed my problem.
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