Approx. start date
Dec 31, 1969
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in reinstalling windows I deleted the hd partition
Steps taken, but unsuccessful?
attached the hd externally to see the whole had and reformat it

Rozesky2

Level 3
I was in the process of reinstalling Windows 7 on a computer with the widows 7 installation disc. I got to the part where i chose custom install, and I deleted the partition with windows 7 in it to reinstall windows 7 without the old install there.
Now the hard drive wont recognize most of the Gigs on the hard drive.
How can I recover this space?
 

Exterminator

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Did you reformat the drive and then boot from the Windows 7 CD? or did you just pop in the windows 7 cd and followed the install and when you got to custom install proceeded that way?
I have seen this happen before when the drive is not reformatted prior to the install. By that i mean completely wipe your hard drive and then with the windows cd in restart and boot from the CD or USB
If you were to proceed this way there should be no loss of hard drive space
 

cruelsister

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I personally like Acronis Disk Director to resolve things like this. A boot disk can be created obviating the need to get into the OS. In this case the lost gig's are probably (as Huracan stated above) just Unallocated space and can be recovered quite simply.
 

Rozesky2

Level 3
What do you see in disk management??
in disk management I see only the 14.25 G recovery partition and a 10 G partition the one that was used for windows is gone

Did you reformat the drive and then boot from the Windows 7 CD? or did you just pop in the windows 7 cd and followed the install and when you got to custom install proceeded that way?
I have seen this happen before when the drive is not reformatted prior to the install. By that i mean completely wipe your hard drive and then with the windows cd in restart and boot from the CD or USB
If you were to proceed this way there should be no loss of hard drive space
No I booted with the Windows 7 cd and got to the place where I selected what drive to install on .. I chose the custom install, and I must have been tired because rather than click on format I clicked on delete the partition.. so it was gone. and now when I put the Windows 7 disk it , it says I exited with out finishing and I cant go any further with it.
So I hoped I could attach it externally to another computer..and just format it but I dont really get that option.

I personally like Acronis Disk Director to resolve things like this. A boot disk can be created obviating the need to get into the OS. In this case the lost gig's are probably (as Huracan stated above) just Unallocated space and can be recovered quite simply.
I am sure that is the case just unallocated but I was at a loss how to get them back. I will make an Aronis Disk director boot disk

Did you reformat the drive and then boot from the Windows 7 CD? or did you just pop in the windows 7 cd and followed the install and when you got to custom install proceeded that way?
I have seen this happen before when the drive is not reformatted prior to the install. By that i mean completely wipe your hard drive and then with the windows cd in restart and boot from the CD or USB
If you were to proceed this way there should be no loss of hard drive space
yes I accidently did exactly what you said...
 
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Rozesky2

Level 3
Well I finally had time this morning to find a program to get at the unallocated part of the hard drive. I use ERUSus partion recovery program and it is back :) Thanks to everyone for your assistance it is always welcome
 

Exterminator

Community Manager
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Well I finally had time this morning to find a program to get at the unallocated part of the hard drive. I use ERUSus partion recovery program and it is back :) Thanks to everyone for your assistance it is always welcome
Great glad you figured it out,I will mark this solved.