Posted 19 November 2005 - 05:29 PM
Posted 19 November 2005 - 05:44 PM
Posted 19 November 2005 - 05:51 PM
We really know very little about computers!
Posted 20 November 2005 - 04:12 AM
Most harddrives these days are partitioned into two parts: Windows (which you use) and BACKUP.
Lets say you have an 80gig harddrive, then 4gigs might be used for Backup and 76gigs for Windows and whatever you want to add to your harddrive.
However, thats just one way to partition (using one partition as a backup), you can also partition the harddrive into, lets say, 10 gigs to run Linux on it, and 70 gigs to run Windows.
Then you can use a LINUX system/computer essentially AND a Windows system/computer basically... its just you choose one when you are starting up your computer "i want to use Linux this time" or "windows", you know?
So maybe you accidently partititioned your harddrive so that you have a 4 gig partition with Windows on it -- and, who knows, maybe nothing on the other 76.
A partition is kind of like building a wall through a country to separate one side from another. Whatever you do on one side wont affect the other. You wont be able to see the other side either.
So you need to see if your harddrive is partitioned. Then format the 76 gig side if its there. And start using it instead. Now, you can transfer via discs, etc, info from the 4 gig side to the 76 gig side (im assuming youll be able to figure it out eventually).
But the only way youll find out is if you put in your Windows Restoration Disk and try to "reinstall Windows" -- only DONT reinstall Windows. Just use the Partition options. And look at what it says. If it says theres only one partition and that it has 80gigs, then you should probably reformat Windows, becuase your computer is being screwy. But if it says two partitions, one 5 gigs or so, and one 75 gigs or so, then you should choose the options that will let you use the 75 gig side.
Thats the simplest way i can explain it.
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