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Lost capacity on hard drive


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WhiteKelso

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Hi Geeks,

It's been a while, but I'm back to seek your precious advice.

I recently reformatted my 250GB Western Digital ATA hard drive, and re-installed my windows xp home hoping to get rid of viruses and malwares. However, I was surprised when my 250GB capacity was all of a sudden REDUCED to an amazingly low 127GB! I couldn't believe it, but I'm really lost on why this happened.

Is it possible to restore that 200-something capacity? I used disc manager and one other program to no avail.

Please help, and many thanks in advance.

WK
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Did you use western digital disc programmes as part of the format

Did you install with an XP SP1 CD
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I had the same problem, i bought a 120gb and when I hooked it up it showed up as only having 40gb. I believe I downloaded a program from WD called LifeGuard tools and through the program it fixed it to where it full capacity of the drive.

http://support.wdc.c...ndex.asp?swid=1
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thanks Keith and tommy18; coming here was really worthwhile. WD's lifeguard just saved my hard drive. i regained 104MB, and that was just fantastic.

i apologize for the delayed reply, though. just got sooooooo busy at work.

again, many thanks. and more power to the geeks.

WK
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