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XP System reports 1Gig HD on an 80Gig Partition

I have a 2GHz Compaq EVO, with a Gig of RAM and running winXP pro and NTFS File System.  I had a problem with the OS crashing, so I reinstalled the OS (Repaired system) and when it came back up, I had to reinstall DiskKeeper.  After a couple of days, I noticed that I was getting an error that I was running low on Disk space.  Turns out, its reporting that my 80Gig HD is only 1 Gig.  At first I thought, OK, lets reinstall the OS, but I still get the same problem.  HD sounded a bit funny, so I thought I would replace that with a 160GB HD, but still having the same problem (copied over OS with Partition Magic).  I also tried upgrading DiskKeeper to version 10, but no luck.  The funny thing is that if you go into the Disk Management page, it reports the correct size HD, but once you right click and hit properties, it only shows a 1GB hd, with about 40MB free.  It's actually a 74GB HD, with about 26GB free.  During the Hurricane last year, I lost almost all my install discs (in the office that got destroyed) so I really dont want to wipe out and restore.  Any ideas?
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Expert4XPCommented:
Did you run chkdsk c: /f yet?
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Expert4XPCommented:
Also, there is a utility in Partition Magic called partinnt.exe.  That will display partition info and also give error message if it thinks there is a partition error.  Look in the Partition Magic folder.
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juanferminAuthor Commented:
Ran Chkdsk (as part of the process of a boot time defrag, took over an hour, and yes there were problems fixed, but when the system came back up it was still the same problem.  One other strange thing that I noticed is that the BIOS settings for the HD didn't say LBA, it said Bit shifted.. Tried setting to LBA, but got the same results.
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Expert4XPCommented:
The fact that both hard drives are corrupted points more to a BIOS problem, especially after you mentioned "bit shifted" which I have never heard of.  Hard to understand how a software bug could infect a new drive also.

I would flash the bios with the latest Compaq version (even if it is the same as what you have).  Then after flashing/updating the BIOS, go back into setup and see what the drive parameters look like.

You are probably going to have to completely reformat the drives, so I hope you have a recent backup of your data or can somehow get the critical data off first.

>> copied over OS with Partition Magic
Do you have a hard drive that you've never used before?  Maybe you copied over the problem onto the new hard drive when using Partition Magic.
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nobusCommented:
i think the problem lies in the OS.
You can try repairing it, or run sfc /scannow from the run box, chkdsk etc. . . but in the end, nothing is better than a fresh install. sorry that you don't have your disks.
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rindiCommented:
Chuck diskkeeper out, it isn't necessary. XP has it's own defrager, and even if it isn't as good as diskkeeper may be, it is adequate and uses less resources.
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EksteenCommented:
are you sure the Partition is the full size of the drive?  if not and partition magic messes about with thigns try sing ghost to save an image of your drives data and then you can use either ghost explorer to extract it or you can set back the image while adjusting the partition size to be the maximum size of your HDD.
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juanferminAuthor Commented:
Man have I been busy, havn't had a chance to mess with this, I'm going to try flashing the BIOS and if that doesn't work I'm just going to do a fresh install, then restore from backup.  Since that partition was upgraded from Win2k, the system folder is WINNT, so if I do a fresh install, it will go into a WINDOWS folder, I can then copy in the WINNT system folder, modify my boot.ini to point to that folder instead of WINDOWS to boot from, and copy in all of my program files and hopefully that will work without bringing in the HD size mess.  I'll let you guys know how it went.
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nobusCommented:
>>  and copy in all of my program files   <<  i'm afraid that will lead to the mess you're trying to avoid
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