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Windows 7: How do I recover apparent unused space on my hard drive?

10 Aug 2014   #1
zarfs

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 
How do I recover apparent unused space on my hard drive?

I'm running Windows 7 Pro with all updates.

I noticed in Disk Management (see attached screen shot) that my second hard drive (Drive G) seems to have a section that is going unused. It's not listed as unallocated space; it's not identified in any way.

I've been overhauling my computer and wonder whether in the process I've allowed a virtual drive or clone drive or something like that to be created.

Is that really unused space? If so, how do I reclaim it?

PS: That hard drive used to be a dynamic drive. I changed it back to basic drive while retaining the data. The unused space appeared in the dynamic drive as well.




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10 Aug 2014   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What is the size of the G: drive.

What you are seeing is just a display anomaly in how Windows displays in Disk Management. All of my drives display the same way.
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10 Aug 2014   #3
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zarfs View Post
Is that really unused space? If so, how do I reclaim it?
Have you tried expanding the G drive in disk management?
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10 Aug 2014   #4
zarfs

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 
Additional information

When I booted Nero to burn a disk, its browser shows a drive that does not appear in Windows Explorer or Disk Management. It is drive F and is labeled BD-ROM. Whatever it is, I'd like to get rid of it.
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10 Aug 2014   #5
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

BD-ROM is a virtual CD/DVD drive created by Nero in RAM. You can use it just like a real drive by mounting an ISO in it. But it's nothing to do with your original question.
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10 Aug 2014   #6
zarfs

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 

To pbcopter — The drive in question is a Maxtor 6L3000S0. Seagate rates its capacity as 300 GB.
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10 Aug 2014   #7
zarfs

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 

To BJB — I went to Disk Management to try expanding the G drive, but that option is greyed out.
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10 Aug 2014   #8
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

As I said, the display of the drives you are seeing in Disk Management is normal.

All the available space on disk 1 is used and is normal..
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10 Aug 2014   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Unused space ? What are you talking about ?

Disk 1 is 279 GB and that`s what it shows.

It only looks a bit smaller because the drive above it is 465 GBs
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10 Aug 2014   #10
zarfs

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 

Many thanks to you all. I guess working on computers makes me paranoid.
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