March 9th, 2004, 06:07 PM
hard disk space lost........
some time back i lost some space on my hard disk when my i am trying to install linux(mandrake)on my system....without creating a non-dos partition...i have re-formatted the drive with a disk manager....i have 40gb hard disk....but now the total avilable total avialble space is 31gb.......
what should i do now...help
March 9th, 2004, 06:11 PM
Try writing 0's to every sector on your drive. This is done via Low Level Formatting. Normal formatting does not write 0's to the entire drive.
Try going to http://www.maxtor.com and checking out PowerMax. Last time I checked it was free and will completely erase everything on your drive restoring it to around 38gb ( the norm for 40gb drives)
Note that this process could take between 1 and 5 hours depending on the speed of your computer and total space of your drive. Assuming you own an average computer, this should take about 1 - 2 hours.
March 9th, 2004, 07:46 PM
i don't know how to write 0's in low level formatting ?how is this done?
March 9th, 2004, 08:21 PM
March 12th, 2004, 04:29 PM
Or you could just run the program.
Copy PowerMax to a boot floppy.
Boot(Making sure your boot sequence mounts the floppy before the hard drive)
Then choose Low Level format from the menu
Then choose the C:\ drive
Sit back and wait ^_^
Then reinstall windows.