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Unallocated HDD space is driving me nuts!

SatsumomoSatsumomo Rated PG!Registered User regular
edited November 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey there guys.

I've got a 250GB HDD on this DELL laptop. I currently have 2 partitions: 70GB and 150GB. However, there is an unallocated space of 14GB. I'm using Acronis Disk Director, and no matter what I do, I can't merge this space into any of my other partitions.

If I try, it will show me that they will be merged into a total of 150GB, when I commit the action, it does it's stuff, but nothing really happens, the unallocated space still stays there. I've created a new partition on the unallocated space, wrote zeros on it, formatted it, and it still won't merge into any of my other partitions.

I even deleted the 150GB partition, in hopes of the unallocated space showing up all together but no, I get a 150GB piece of unallocated space and the 14GB piece as well.

Anyone know what the hell I can do?

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  • SanderJKSanderJK Crocodylus Pontifex Sinterklasicus Madrid, 3000 ADRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    It could very well be the recovery partition. If so, it would contain a windows installer + whatever crap Dell PC's come with.

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  • SatsumomoSatsumomo Rated PG! Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Yes, it was the recovery partition, but I already formatted it, wrote zeros on it, installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 (Recovery was Vista) and I still can't do anything to it besides make it into a 14GB partition. What good is that!

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  • Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    When you installed the fresh copy of 7, did you repartition then? Or after?

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  • SatsumomoSatsumomo Rated PG! Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    During the installation, you get that screen to choose what disk to install your OS to, that's where I deleted all partitions except the 14GB one (Which I formatted before starting the installation, and moved all "My Documents" there, so it shouldn't have a trace of being a recovery disk, should it?) and created the other 70GB and 150GB partitions there.

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  • FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    Try using an Ubuntu live cd to resize the main partition

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  • Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    Satsumomo wrote: »
    During the installation, you get that screen to choose what disk to install your OS to, that's where I deleted all partitions except the 14GB one (Which I formatted before starting the installation, and moved all "My Documents" there, so it shouldn't have a trace of being a recovery disk, should it?) and created the other 70GB and 150GB partitions there.

    Yeah, you probably should have just deleted everything at that point, and redone your partitions then.

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  • SatsumomoSatsumomo Rated PG! Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Darn. Well it's my sister's computer, she will never notice those missing 14GB as long as I leave them unallocated.

    Thanks guys :D

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