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Windows 7: Hard drive capacity dropped after Windows reinstallation


13 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
Hard drive capacity dropped after Windows reinstallation

For some reason, after upgrading my Windows XP computer to Windows 7, my C: hard drive maximum capacity has reduced 50%. I do not know what has happened because a computer professional had done it for me. I need more space on this computer badly.




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13 Apr 2013   #2

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

hi, check C:\ for a windows.old folder,if it is there delete it if there is nothing in it that you need from xp
How do I remove the Windows.old folder?
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13 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

In the first place, it is impossible to upgrade Xp to Windows 7, dunno what did your professional do.

If caperjack's suggestion solves your problem, then fine otherwise a clean install of Windows is strongly recommended. Please note that you'll loose everything on your Windows drive (so make backup first) along with your installed programs, though you can easily install them again by obtaining their setups. You can follow this guide: Clean Install Windows 7
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13 Apr 2013   #4

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roboticarm View Post
In the first place, it is impossible to upgrade Xp to Windows 7,l
oops my bad ,im getting rusty .
suggestion ,use wiztree to scan and check whats filling you drive '
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14 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

1. What was your original hard drive capacity?

2. Post a screenshot of the drive in Disk Management. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

3. If you have the legally licensed Windows 7, you may perhaps do a clean install if necessary. Otherwise not.

Let us have the answers.
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14 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
1. What was your original hard drive capacity?

2. Post a screenshot of the drive in Disk Management. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

3. If you have the legally licensed Windows 7, you may perhaps do a clean install if necessary. Otherwise not.

Let us have the answers.
1.I forgot but I know it is more than I have now. And when I searched for the specs of this computer online it said it should have a 160-750GB hard drive.

2.(attached)

3.What do you mean by otherwise not?


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14 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

He meant you should only install Windows if you have paid for it and not using an illegal copy.
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14 Apr 2013   #8
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

XP to Windows 7 has no upgrade path, but one can certainly upgrade from XP to Windows 7. One buys Windows 7 and installs it.
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14 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, from the Disk Management, I see your drive as a 160GB hard drive.

You can check the Hard disk Model in Device Manager > Disk drives or in its Properties there. Google search that model number to get the manufacturer and the drive capacity or you can use a program like Speccy Speccy - System Information - Free Download which will list the model number and capacity.

Since some people advised you a clean install, I queried whether you have a valid licence key which will be required to activate Windows. That's about all. ( If your professional had not given you a valid media and licence key with which he installed and activated your Windows 7, get it from him.)
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14 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

1. If your originals are 320GB, it means your professionals help you to make 2 partitions which is 160GB each and another partition cannot be displayed for some reason.

2. you have a bad memory.
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