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Retrieving missing/hidden disk space on D drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Cellfreak, Feb 15, 2007.

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  1. Cellfreak

    Cellfreak Thread Starter

    Feb 15, 2007
    Situation: I have inherited (from trusted source) a Maxtor 120 Gb HDD (type 6Y12OPO) formatted to NTFS which has a redundant copy of Win XP Home on it but no other data/programs. I have put it in my system and it dutifully showed up as the D drive but properties only shows 114 Gb free space with 607 Mb used (- ?? the unwanted Win xp home folders)
    I know this disk is 120 Gb (native unformatted) - is the copy of Win XP on the drive reserving the 6 Gb for itself ??, eg with protected MBR etc.
    How do I get the missing disk space back - or can I ??. I'd like to retrieve most of it as I would like to use the disk for data storage and backups, but not before I've cleaned the disk fully.
    My system: Athlon 2400, C: drive IBM deskstar 21 Gb HHD NTFS formatted, MSI KV4VL MBoard, Win XP Home OEM.
    Any help or advice gratefully rec'd, Cellfreak
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