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Thread: hard disk space lost........

  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    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

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    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 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.

    MySig != Worth your time

  3. #3
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    i don't know how to write 0's in low level formatting ?how is this done?

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    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.
    MySig != Worth your time

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