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Windows 7: HDD space missing

11 May 2017   #1

Windows 7 x64
HDD space missing

Hello everyone,

I have a problem with my Western Digital hdd. Only 208,66 Gb are available while the original capacity should be at 500Gb. I've tried using different software to resolve the problem but without luck.

My specs are the following:

HDD: Western Digital Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
CPU: AMD FX 6300 - Black Edition
GPU: MSI Radeon R9 380 Gaming - 4 Go
RAM: G.Skill Kit Extreme3 2 x 4 Go Ripjaws X 1600 MHz CAS9
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
OS: Windows 7 x64

Here is also a screenshot of my disk management. Note that the total hdd space shown is also 208.66Gb instead of 500Gb and no unallocated space is shown either. Is there a way to recover the missing space or is my hdd dead?

HDD space missing-disk-maanagement.jpg

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thank you

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11 May 2017   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

Sounds like you cloned the drive from a smaller drive? I did that once and wound up with the larger drive being the same size as the smaller one. How I resolved it was to "image" (full disc backup) to a separate drive and then "restore" to the new drive. I then got all my data and the full capacity of the drive.
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11 May 2017   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

What was used to clone? For example, I believe Macrium Reflect, Image for Windows, AOMEI Backupper, EaseUS ToDo, and many others allow end-user to indicate the target HD's actual size and the source Clone should work and occupy all specified byte-space.
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11 May 2017   #4

Win7 pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phill89 View Post
I've tried using different software to resolve the problem but without luck.
Have you tried extending the partition with minitool partition wizard?

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11 May 2017   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

The first thing I notice in the picture in post #1 is the disk is Dynamic.

I recommend 'Basic NTSF'.

Suggest reading this tutorial by Brink.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk - Windows 7 Help Forums

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