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dell has a 120 gig hard drive but it says only 30 gig available and only 6 gigabytes of free space. Its about 4 years old. Is there any way to get more storage space? Why does it only let me use 30gb?
Edited by lhowatt - 7/8/08 at 8:55am
    
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Weird!
If its a WD HDD, you can use there DLG (Data Life guard) to examine the partitions.
    
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I dont know what kind of HD it is. Its a dell dimension 3000 PC though heres a pic i took

    
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Seems like your drive is partitioned that way. Disk 3 is where you have 111GB available for data, and Disk0 is where your boot partition and Windows is installed.
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disk 3 is a portable ahrd drive i just got off the phone and they say that i only bought a 40 gig when my order form says 120!!!!!!!!! its funny when he read my email lol....testicular beefocals lol
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lhowatt View Post
disk 3 is a portable ahrd drive i just got off the phone and they say that i only bought a 40 gig when my order form says 120!!!!!!!!! its funny when he read my email lol....testicular beefocals lol
You only found out NOW? 4 years later? Can you get a refund?
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You only found out NOW? 4 years later? Can you get a refund?
I didnt get into computer up until a year ago and i just figured taht windows XP took up the rest of the space. my refund ran out last year lol. 40 gigs seems low even for a computer 4 years old! i dont know how im gonna fill up the 500 gigs im getting with my new build lol
    
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post #8 of 13
Get vista you will use alot more.But i dont think you could run it on a 4 year old pc.
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post #9 of 13
pre-updates I think Vista is around 12-15GB.

I would not recommend running Vista on anything less than a dual core CPU. Of course, 4 years ago, they did not exist so you will have to upgrade. 4 years out of a PC is more than its expected "functional" life cycle.
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post #10 of 13
Dell has lame version HDD, you need to find out what was the Dell spec on this machine.

So, don't let the HDD MFG model fool you if it is a dell drive, check the dell part #.

btw, can you tell me the MFG model#, and dell part#?
Edited by poohball - 7/10/08 at 10:40am
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