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Windows 7: Created Partition on Hard Drive but now cannot access rest of HDD

26 Nov 2013   #1
ZakASenior

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 
Created Partition on Hard Drive but now cannot access rest of HDD

Hello all,

I have a WD 750GB GB 2.5-INCH 5400 RPM SATA II HDD that I recently installed on my computer. When I attempted to do a clean install of windows, the windows setup could not find any drives. I formatted the HDD and created a primary partition. I admit I was rushing, and I clicked the partition (80GB) to install windows on.

I now only have 60GB of free space on my HDD, but what has happened to the rest of the 600+ GB on my hard drive? Can it not be accessed because the windows install is on the partition?

When I click on Computer, it only shows C: and it says I have 60.3 GB free of 87.3GB.

Is there a way of accessing this without having to clean install windows on the rest of the disk? I am worried that if I attempt to do it my windows 7 key won't work as I have already inputted it twice now. The HDD is 2 weeks old, so I would be surprised if it is already corrupt.

Thanks!


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26 Nov 2013   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Open disk management and you`ll see the rest of your hard drive, it`s unallocated space so it`s not showing up in Windows yet.

All you have to do is right click on it to format it and give it a letter. Then you will see it in windows and you can start storing data on it.

By the way, 87 GBs is way to small for the OS partition.

If you have a retail key you can use it as many times as you want on 1 pc at a time.

Tell us exactly what key you are using, from a retail Windows 7 you purchased, from the sticker on the computer etc ?

Once you get the other partition showing, we can tell you how to add some of it to your windows partition.
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26 Nov 2013   #3
ZakASenior

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

I did think it was rather small...

The key I am using is a sticker on the computer.

Thank you for your reply. I went onto disk management and made a new volume E: for the rest of the 611 GB.
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26 Nov 2013   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yayyyy

Now you can install Partition Wizard and manipulate the partitions.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/

Personally, I use the Bootable CD to do it.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/parti...otable-cd.html
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26 Nov 2013   #5
ZakASenior

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Excellent, I will go ahead with a bootable CD then. Thank you.
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26 Nov 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There are very good video tutorial from Partition Wizard for all possible operations on this site:

Technical Support of free partition magic, partition manager servre, partition software and partition magic server - Partition Wizard
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