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Windows 7: New larger HD not showing the correct size ?

15 Sep 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I tried completely restoring again from the image - no luck
tried dragging large folders to the drive to see what would happen - it wouldnt let me, said the disk was to small

so it definitely thinks its a 60gb drive.

Maybe i'll try different software to image the drive

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15 Sep 2011   #12

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I'm just throwing some thoughts into the pool here...

IIRC, my Acronis True Image program wants to restore disk images into a partition the exact same size of the original image. And I believe the program will create that partition if the disk it is being installed on is larger.

Your imaging program may be doing something similar? Although why Disk Management would not show 2 partitions does not make sense.

Could the OS be 'retaining' the old disk size somehow?

If it were me, I would delete the partitions on the SSD, then create 2 new partitions - one 60GB (the exact size of the old one), and then restore the image to that partition. After Windows is up and running, then delete the second partition and extend the Windows partition into it.

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15 Sep 2011   #13

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

I don't recall about Acronis, but during the restore process many imaging programs have an option to 'use the whole disk' if it is larger than the image. I know Macrium does and so does Paragon Migrate.
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15 Sep 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

What about trying a clean install with a key (should be done anytime a clean install is done) and seeing what the Windows 7 installer thinks of the blank drive. If that comes up as a 120 GB drive, then you know the problem is with your imaging software.
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15 Sep 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I have just spent the last few hours trying to remedy this.
First I tried using different software eg HDClone that took forever and was a disaster with desktop freezing straight after boot.
Then I tried deleting the whole volume and creating a 59.9gb (exact size of old drive) and leaving the rest as unallocated space.
after several mishaps i managed to restore to this and at last Disk manager and my computer agreed that I only had a 59.9gb drive.
So in Disk manager I increased the size of the volume to 111.9gb -this worked ok it seemed but it did throw an error (which i cant remember)
any way I am back to where I started now as disk manager thinks I have 111.9gb and my computer only 59.9gb
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15 Sep 2011   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It takes me about 2 hours to do a full, clean install, so I think I would have gone that route by now.

Anyway, try this out. Pull all drives from your system, except for the new 120 GB SSD. Try to install Windows 7 to is cleanly, just to see whatthe Windows installer thinks is the drive. If it still shows the same issue once Windows 7 is installed and booting, you might want to return the drive, as it could be a firmware issue.
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15 Sep 2011   #17

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

There is an excellent program for reporting hardware on your system.

The program is SIW SIW standalone version

There is also a link to them in my sig.

I'l bet you a dollar to a donut, that the program reports that you have a 60 GB SSD.
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15 Sep 2011   #18

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpooley View Post
Yes absolutely sure and as you can see in the disc manager it sees it as 111gb
its Disk 1
This problem has occurred before and has been shown to be a problem with Disk Management.
Best Free Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
and see if it reveals unallocated space. If so then use the tool to incorporate the unallocated space.
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15 Sep 2011   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well Karlsnooks you owe me a donut or a dollar dont care which

I finally sorted this by using Paragon migrate OS to SSD which did the job perfectly with no fuss.

I guess its a problem with SSD's although I have done this before without a problem?

Thanks for all helpfull comments
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15 Sep 2011   #20

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

post me a snippet of the SIW info on your drive.
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