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07-16-2009 01:14 PM - edited 07-16-2009 01:21 PM
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07-16-2009 02:16 PM
07-17-2009 05:48 AM
07-17-2009 07:31 AM
I'd order a set of recovery CDs from HP to restore the PC back to factory condition. Add another hard drive and format it as an extended logical partition. 1TB Cavair Black is $100. It's on sale today at Newegg for $90 + free ship and no tax in many states.
07-18-2009 08:33 AM
The fact that you did not make the Recovery DVD's may or may not be fo concern. You do not say what model PC this is, at least I did not see it. So if you are looking to try that and the computer still boots, then look under programs, PC Health & Tools, then HP PC Recovery CD-DVD Creator. Click on that and it should lead you thru the creation process. If the click responds with the Recovery set was made, then just order the CD or DVD's from HP. See here:
There is a link to ordering if the Recovery set Creator will not work. You could also give this a look, but I take no responsibity for their recommendations. Look over the questions and answers down the page from other users and how it worked or did not work for them.
08-08-2009 02:46 PM - edited 08-08-2009 02:50 PM
Well , I got on ebay and ordered the disk , arrived the next day. WOW... So I installed the NEW hhd (320gig) as a slave and partitioned it into 2 partitions , 160 gig each. I then switch it to Master and ran the recovery disk. Everything ran smooth untill it was compleated. After re-boot, I checked the he disk managment and low and behold , the recovery disk turned it back into one disk (320 Gig ) and after it created the recovery partion (E) it made the (C) drive 295 Gig. I wanted two drives each 160 gig. OK , Want did this Dummy do wrong ?
BTW ... The PC is a HP 513n. :-)
08-08-2009 03:02 PM - edited 08-08-2009 03:05 PM
So long as the recovery finished successfully and the operating system is properly installed, we can work with this. You need to use diskpart or a utility to remove the recovery partition (unnecessary if you have recovery media) and then extend the C partition to fill out the rest of the drive. The recovery media is supposed to overwrite everything on there-- so you have to work in the partitions post-recovery, not prior to it.
If you're comfortable poking around in Diskpart, feel free to-- but you may need to rerun the recovery. You may instead want to use a utility like Partition Magic, but most of those are pay-for.
Edit: Or remove recovery partition, reduce size of C, then create another partition to fill out the rest of the drive space.
My posts are my opinions and experiences from working in the tech industry
08-14-2009 04:20 PM - edited 08-14-2009 04:37 PM
And Vailka , what you suggested is what I did. I now have it the way I wanted . HHD part. into 3 drives ( didnt have to del. the recovery part. ) C:\ Primary D: Lodgical E: Recovery . Only Problem now is 20 gig not showing ( not recognised by Bios ?) Guess I"ll have to try the Bios update if there is one.
Thanks all for your time in replying
08-14-2009 04:33 PM
No. It's got nothing to do with BIOS or BIOS. update.
Just restart pc and check Disk Management.
Maybe there's hidden partition or an unformatted partition.
Also Windows will sometimes show the hd space less than it should be.