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Reclaim hard drive space on WD2500BEKT

I attempted to Ghost ( version 12 ) a 100GB Toshiba hard drive to a Western Digital 250 GB drive. Ghost operation ran to completion and I was able to put new hard into the laptop and boot it. I looked at drive properties and it shows up as a 100 GB drive, not a 250 GB drive. I went into Disk Management ( Windows XP ) and was expecting to see approximately 150 GB in unallocated space, but all I found was 4.7 GB. I ran a Western Digital diagnostic program and it recognizes the drive as a 100 GB drive. It is a 250 GB drive. Is there a way to reclaim this space? I looked for a Western Digital low level format program, but could not find one. I found others out there, but I think I would rather send drive back than experiment with free low level format software. I have emailed Western Digital support but have not heard back from them.  Any thoughts?
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UserFriendlyHHI
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Robert Sutton JrSenior Network ManagerCommented:
It took the old disk partition properties. Im not sure if ghost has an option to "resize" the new disk partition b4 ghosting it, but you may have to manually set up the partition prior to ghosting or use a 3rd party program and resize it yourself using some sort of partion manager or resizer. Let us know.
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burnersCommented:
Awesome free program I use quite often to resize partitions

http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
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burnersCommented:
Oh yeah and the program is stupid simple to use.
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dbruntonCommented:
HDD Capacity Restore

http://hddguru.com/software/2007.07.20-HDD-Capacity-Restore-Tool/

Note if you use something like this quite probably any data on the drive may get wiped so take that in mind.  Consider that as a warning.

Note The_Warlock's comments in the first post.
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burnersCommented:
Using the program I posted NO DATA LOSS will occur
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dbruntonCommented:
You will note that the Western Digital util he ran identifies it as a 100 Gb hard disk and that Windows Disk Management does not see the extra 100 Gb of space.

This means that the disk capacity settings have been altered.

Partition tools work on the disk capacity reported, not on what the disk is capable of.
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burnersCommented:
NOPE they dont, The tool will read whatever partition types it is capable of reading and then allow you to make decisions on what to do with them. example

I install Windows, Linux and and free space on my drive
Lets say Windows doesn't even SEE the other partitions, Easus likely will and it will allow me to delete them, reboot and now it is free space, now I can resize my main partition and reboot again and Windows will "see" it all.

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dbruntonCommented:
Read the questioner's comments.

The Western Digital util is reporting a 100 Gb disk.  Easeus will report a 100 Gb disk.  Easeus doesn't know that this is really a 250 Gb drive because the hard disk's internal capacity settings have been changed.  The hard disk is lying to whatever accesses it for information.

This has nothing to do with the partitions on the disk.
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burnersCommented:
You mean The Western Digital util running in Windows? Which gets some of its info from Windows?

I didnt see anything about running the DOS tools and even then that would still be in a pre-Windows environment

Burn this
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Run Parted Magic and report back
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dbruntonCommented:
Yep.

Or the BIOS might even show hard disk capacity.
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UserFriendlyHHIAuthor Commented:
I attempted to run HD Capacity Restore, as DBrunton suggested, on my Windows 7 bench PC, but it did not like the controller. I got gebberish where it identifies the drives. Soon after this, I got a reply from Western Digital, they have a utility that will write 0's to the entire drive, and this reclaimed the space. As Warlock suggested, I created a partition manually. I did not format partition. I then was able to Ghost the drive.
Thanks everyone.
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