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Windows 7: Lost partitions after recovery

01 May 2012   #1

32 bit, & starter
Lost partitions after recovery

Hello everybody,

Please be patient, I’m not too confident with computers!
I have a Samsung net book NP-145-JP03UK with 250 GB HDD, 2 GB RAM and W7 starter OS, manufactured in August 2011.

I have been using this for about six months, with no problem. Recently I had to do a restore with Samsung Recovery System 5, which was built in to the net book. Before the restore I did not “back up” as such, but copied and pasted folders to an external HDD, if that is significant.

After the restore, I seem to have lost some internal HDD capacity.

Before the restore the HDD was configured as:

Local disc C: 181 GB, Recovery partition D: 34.2 GB, giving approx 215 GB total.
This is visible in “My Computer”.

After the restore I have, C: 185 GB only, and this is after deleting a lot of the Samsung games etc.

1) Looking around the web, partition deletion is a common occurrence after restoring the OS, so it looks like that’s what has happened here, am I correct?

2) In “Disk management” I can see three partitions, the C: with 185 GB, andtwo recovery partitions of 30 GB and 17 GB respectively. The two recovery partitions are not assigned a letter, which I think is the cause of the problem. Both are showing as 100% free space, and I would like to keep the 17 as a recovery and merge the 30 with the existing C drive.

I have seen instructions on the net for renaming partitions, is this possible with the W7 starter OS?

3) How else can I easily recover this lost capacity?

Thanks for any help.


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02 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

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02 May 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


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02 May 2012   #4

32 bit, & starter

Thank you for your replies, screen shots to come. In the meantime, a right click on either of the two recovery partitions gives me one option only - "help".
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02 May 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

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14 May 2012   #6

32 bit, & starter

Thanks for help everyone, now fixed!

Using EaseUS partition manager I re allocated the drive letters, keeping "D" as the samsung recovery, then I could see them all in "my computer"

Then using EaseUS again, I merged the "C" partition with the "new recovery" partition.

This gives me 215GB on "C" drive, with 20GB on "D" partition with the recover info.

Thank you again.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

That's great to hear.

Thanks for the update. It's always nice to know when a cry for help is successfully dealt with.
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