What you're referring
to as "hard drives" could be
actually 2 Partitions
on ONE Harddrive
It seems like your hard drive still has the same capacity, because 232 + 232 = 464 GiBi
which is 500 GB
by the manufacturer's calculations
(1 GiBi = 1024 MiBi = 1048576 KiBi = 1073741824 bytes)
(1 GB = 1000 MB = 1000000 KB = 1000000000 bytes)
(Windows calculates 1 GB as 1024 MB in Base 2, Hardware manufacturers calculate 1 GB as 1000 MB in Base 10)
So unless your laptop can support 2
Physical hard drives to begin with, you still have all your hard drive space, but split into 2 partitions.
To confirm this for yourself 100%, follow this tutorial for Disk Management:- WIN | type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane. WIN=key with Microsoft logo
Maximize the output of Disk Management: ALT-Spacebar key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.
Check to see whether there are 2 disks in the display.
And if you want us to help confirm it for you, post a screenshot
from Disk management using this tutorial:- How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums