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Windows 7: no hard drive space left after clean install of windows 7

30 Dec 2011   #11
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01 Jan 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Here's a new one for you...

To avoid any risk of deleting any files, I decided to install my new Windows 7 OS on a new hard drive. I unplugged my old hard drive. Unplugged both power and SATA cable.

I installed it on the new drive, and everything seemed to be going well, but I had a look at my computer's properties showing that I had 35.1 GB free of 579 GB on the drive. The drive is a 2TB drive. The 579GB is referencing the OLD hard drive size, which is STILL UNPLUGGED.

A. How would the new OS know of the old OS drive size?
B. Is there a drive size limitation? (however archaic it would seem given the size of new hard drives and current state of the 64bit Windows 7 OS)
C. Why would it report, on the same OS, at the same time, in "computer" and "computer management"... TWO DIFFERENT SIZES OF THE SAME PARTITION?
D. Why would the drive be full after ONE DAY worth of installation of Win7 and Photoshop. There are no movies, photos or other large space consumers on the drive, just the installation. It took nearly two years to fill it that full on Vista with videos, photos, etc...
E. Sorry for the cross-posting. Delete or move where necessary.

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