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I have a Toshiba laptop with approximately 400gb hard drive.
Originally it was partitioned with a 75gb C drive and the remainder in a D drive using XP sp3.

I recently added memory and upgraded the OS to win 7 home premium, neglecting to re-partition to make the drive all one big C drive.

After doing  all the work I realized I wanted the one big drive and tried to merge the two partitions with Disk Management in Win 7.
The D drive was empty. I deleted the partition intending to extend into that space but the space has vanished entirely.

I bought the TeraByte Bootit suite and backed up the C partititon, made the recovery disk and wiped the drive thinking the missing space would re-appear.

It did not. Only the 75gb shows in the BootIt Bare Metal utility for partitioning.

Please help get my space back.
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by:smckeown777
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Can you still boot Win7? Show us a screenshot of disk management if you can please...
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by:Liefr
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I could still boot Windows 7. Everything was normal with the 74gb C drive.

It was the 305gb D drive that disappeared after I removed the drive letter and then the partition.

Right now the drive is wiped. To send you a screen shot I would have to restore it.
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by:Liefr
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Even wiped it only shows the 74gb of the previous C drive. The rest of the drive seems to have disappeared.

Wiped with BootIt Bare Metal.
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smckeown777 earned 500 total points
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What does it report in the BIOS?

Not familiar with that software so going to suggest something like Parted Magic - https://partedmagic.com/screenshots

Does BootIT do partition stuff? Or is it a repair package?
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by:Liefr
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http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal.htm

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/copywipe.php

Well, that was the right question (about the bios). I looked up the id string and got this;

 HTS541080G9SA00 (0A26924) 80GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 2.5" Notebook Hard Drive

It's an 80gb drive. I cannot explain the 305gb D drive that was in Disk Management. I tried to pull the drive out but I will have to disassemble the case and I do not want to do that.

as Emily  said 'never mind' ... points to you. sorry for the hassle.

Lief
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Feck...didn't see that one coming!! Notebook with 2 drives...rare

No hassle thanks for the info...

One last bit of info - in Disk Management if the 2 partitions are side by side(looking from left to right) its the same drive

If one is above or below the other then its a seperate drive
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The 2 partitions were side-by side, small in front and then the big.  weird.
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