Partitioned the computer for Ubuntu and decided against it... Prob

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by luke, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. luke

    luke Guest

    I shrinked the volume then deleted the ubuntu partition and tried to put the
    partition back together. It appears as if it was successfully because the
    free space has now disappeared however it still states the wrong amount of
    disk space on drive C: (200 instead of 228). What gives? Is there anything
    else I can do to fix it?
     
    luke, Oct 30, 2007
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  2. luke

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Luke.

    Are the two partitions contiguous? That is, do they bump up against each
    other, or is there something else between them? If they are contiguous,
    then you should be able to use Disk Management's Extend Volume command on
    the first volume to incorporate all (or some) of the following Free Space.
    You might need to Rescan Disks after the Extend Volume operation.

    You didn't say HOW you shrunk the volume and deleted the partition. Were
    you using Vista's Disk Management? Or a third-party program, like Partition
    Magic or Acronis?

    RC
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    R. C. White, Oct 31, 2007
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  3. luke

    luke Guest

    Alright so I looked back at everything. Disk Management, the whole 9 yards.
    I originally shrunk the 229.00gb left my hard drive, primary partition down
    to 200 gb.
    I installed Ubuntu and uninstalled it. I deleted partition that was created
    in Linux rebooted and got the error that you will get once you do that. I
    ran the windows repair tool to repair the boot loader. I went back into
    vista and expanded it back to 229gb. In Disk Management it shows the drive
    is back to normal. Under C: in My Computer it states the drive is still only
    200 gb.

    Thank you for your help
     
    luke, Oct 31, 2007
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  4. luke

    luke Guest

    And more on this.... When I look at Disk Management it states there is 229.30
    GB on the System drive. I believe the partitions were contiguous. This
    partition is the same one that contains vista, the page file, system dump
    etc. Now when I right click and go to properties it states only 200 GB.
    62.3 GB used and 147 GB free. Where did the other 30 go?
     
    luke, Nov 1, 2007
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  5. luke

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Luke.

    Are you confusing different meanings of the word "drive"? It's very easy to
    do because we use that word to mean so many different things. :>( By
    "System drive", do you mean a physical hard drive? Or the System Partition
    (often called the System Volume)?

    In Disk Management's Graphical View, there should be a single bar for each
    physical hard drive - Disk 0, for example. That single bar is probably
    divided into multiple shorter bars, each with a header bar of a different
    color (legend at the bottom: green for Free space, blue for Logical drive,
    etc.). Each of these shorter bars should show a number like "14.65 GB
    NTFS", and they should add up to the number (114.50 for my 120 GB Disk 0)
    for the whole drive shown at the far left.

    What are the numbers shown for your Disk 0? A screen shot would answer a
    lot of questions, but you can type in the numbers if you'd rather. If you
    recall, please tell us where the Linux partition was in the graphical bar.

    I have never worked with any form of Linux and am not familiar with Ubuntu.
    I don't know what disk management tools may be available with that, or how
    they might work.


    An idea! - gives rise to a question: Was the Ubuntu volume a Logical drive
    in the Extended partition? If so, then you must not only Delete that
    logical drive, but also delete the extended partition to restore that "real
    estate" to Free space. Until then, there is no empty space for Drive C: to
    expand into. (Vista's handling of extended partitions has changed from
    WinXP's methods; you might need to use the DiskPart.exe shell to delete the
    extended partition.)

    RC
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    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64)
     
    R. C. White, Nov 1, 2007
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  6. luke

    Luke Guest

    I apologize for e-mailing you personally, I could not figure out how to do
    attach images. I have sent those and maybe the attachments can clear up
    what I am speaking about. In the third attachment is what I'm talking about
    how can 229 shrink to 200 after extending it back. And what can I do to
    restore it.

    Thank you again for your help
     
    Luke, Nov 2, 2007
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  7. luke

    Luke Guest

    Thanks once again for your help. I do appreciate it.
    The amount that is missing was contained in drive C: prior to me shrinking /
    extending.
    Once I extended the drive back to what it was previously (229.30 GB), it
    displays correctly in disk management but nowhere else.
    I attempted running chkdsk with no errors supposively. I'm wondering if I
    should reformat at this point and reinstall Vista in that partition.
    Thanks for your input hopefully as you said someone might be able to chime
    in on this because it is rather unusual.
     
    Luke, Nov 6, 2007
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