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Windows 7: C Drive is smaller after System Image restore

24 Feb 2010   #1
northlondon01

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
C Drive is smaller after System Image restore

Hi all,

I just bought a new 1TB Samsung F3 to use as my new D drive after clumsily destroying my old C drive (luckily I was formatting it at the time before installing Windows 7, so no lost data!), and have had some problems after restoring the image.

I created a system image of my C drive, which was on a 160GB HDD, and copied this to my new Samsung D drive. I then put a 250GB Western Digital drive in place of the C drive (freshly formatted to NTFS), put the repair disk in I had created and began the system restore.

Everything seemed to go smoothly, but when checking my C and D drive I noticed my C drive was still only 160GB, instead of the full 250GB. Somehow I've lost 90GB of my C drive.

Has anybody else experienced this? Is it easily remedied. I can't just reformat the disk as it's my C drive, and I did this before the system restore anyway, so I'm sure I'd get the same problem!

Cheers in advance!

ps I've got Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit. And the actual drive sizes vary slightly from the above, I've just used the figures they advertise!


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24 Feb 2010   #2
northlondon01

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I just checked the Disk Managment Console and see that 80GB is unallocated. Is there anyway of bringing this into the rest of the C Drive without destroying the existing data on the 160GB 'partition'?

I've attached a screen print showing how the drives are set up.

Thanks once again!


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24 Feb 2010   #3
K3VL4R

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

There can be different scenarios depending on imaging tool and how you restore your image. First thing I would check is go to: Right click my computer/manage/disc management. You will see your drives there. My first guess was that when imaging, it imaged the whole drive and not the OS itself. If you see C:/ healthy, boot drive etc, and then an unallocated 90GB next to it that is what happened. What to do then is to right click on the C: partition and select extend and then you can extend your C: the entire length of the hard drive.

If you do not see what I posted above then post back what you do see so that we can better diagnose a solution for you.

Edit: you posted that as I was typing my post. The extend volume should work for you to restore your HD space back.
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24 Feb 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Right click on C in Disk Management and go to "Extend Volume". Then you can add it with the wizard to C.
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24 Feb 2010   #5
northlondon01

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Fantastic, thanks for the help guys. I was quite surprised that I couldn't find an answer on google, but hopefully someone will find this thread if/when they have the same problem!

Thank again!
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24 Feb 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem. Here is a I made about disk management and how to deal with various situations. It may be handy for your next move.
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