How can I recover the FULL drive size from a bad partitioning?
Posted on 2004-10-24
Originally my 250GB drive was formatted badly as an NTFS drive. I wanted to delete the partition and reformat the hard drive using Western Digital's DataLifeGuard Tools. I went to my computer and right clicked and chose "manage" then clicked disk management. This drive still had data on it but I did not care about loosing this data, so I right clicked on the drive and deleted the partition.
In the mean time, I installed a brand new 250GB WD hard drive and formated it fine with Western Digital's software. Then I went back to format my old 250GB drive with the software, but the largest partition I could get it to read was 137GB. I had just installed the new 250 fine without the 137GB problem, the software did some kind of update for me and everything was ok. So I went ahead and formatted and partitioned it and now its at 131GB (goes down to 128 after full formatting).
How can I recover my full 250GB of drive space, and get it formatted back to FAT32? I've read some articles, but nothing matches exactly my situation, so I wanted to put it out for some help. I already spent 70$ on some fancy software but they didnt tell me before I bought it that I would need a parallel or serial mouse to use under DOS which is where the program runs from, and the software only works on the C: drive, so I would have to switch the drives after I started the software in DOS?
In any case, before I go wasting more money on useless software, could someone please make some recommendations to me. I also tried running the recovery console with my windows XP CD and i deleted the partition of the E drive, but when I went to format it with the recovery console, it still reads as only 137ish GB.