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    Missing Lots of Hard Disk space

    At first I'd like to excuse me for my semi-broken English.
    Anyhow, here we go !

    So I'm experiencing this problem, the problem where my HDD only shows 30MB out of the 1TB.
    The thing is, before this problem acquired I had some other problems with my system thanks due GRUB.

    Let me give you guys an idea what was going on.
    I have 3 disks,
    - A 64GB SSD which contains my Windows 8 installation
    - A 1TB HDD which held my Windows 8 files and programs
    - A 160GB HDD which had Back Track 5 upon it


    Two nights ago I partitioned my 160GB disk which had a copy of Back Track 5 upon it.
    Everything went smooth and so until the next morning when I tried checking my email.
    Upon boot I received a GRUB message error stating '' Grub can't find such device''
    Silly me with my enormous silly head feared all of my disks being corrupt and before I knew I unplugged my 1TB HDD which held all of my personal files and took it with me to school. (of course after turning the computer down) Once there I directly plugged my disk into my personal school computer (Windows XP) hoping to see any living file. Sadly enough things didn't went that smooth enough.
    I did saw my hard drive, but once I clicked upon it I was prompted with a error message box which said that my hard disk needed a reformation. After consulting Diskmanagement and USB-HDD connected I finally asked my teacher for some aid. He then tried connecting the hard disk to his computer (Fedora) but once again it was a no no. Later that day I found out why my Grub Loader was somewhat bugged and once home I used this guide

    - howopensource.com/2011/08/restore-mbr-from-ubuntu-live-cd-usb/

    It went smooth and I was able to boot my Windows Installation. There I finally could see my HDD without the need of a reformation, the only minor was the drive being 30MB out of the 1TB.
    Without to much thinking I reformatted the drive because I was planning to use File Recovery Software anyhow. Windows 8 Diskmanagement is also not able to detect the whole TB, just like the Ubuntu Live USB when in Installation.

    Thus leaving me here, clueless what to do. I do have a theory tho.
    Would it be due my teacher putting the drive into his Fedora system ?
    Anyhow. I'm looking forward to any response. Feel free to ask me anything !

    Yannick.
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7297 cylinders, total 117231408 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x3562bf50

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 206847 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2 206848 117227519 58510336 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

    Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000b5979

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 63 312579759 156289848+ 42 SFS

    Disk /dev/sdc: 33 MB, 33348608 bytes
    180 heads, 48 sectors/track, 7 cylinders, total 65134 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000001

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 128 59519 29696 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

    Disk /dev/sdd: 3868 MB, 3868430336 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 470 cylinders, total 7555528 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdd1 * 128 7555455 3777664 b W95 FAT32
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    Re: Missing Lots of Hard Disk space

    isn't all the difference between bits & bytes ?

    http://www.beesky.com/newsite/bit_byte.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byte

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    Re: Missing Lots of Hard Disk space

    Quote Originally Posted by dino99 View Post
    Excuse me, but I can't really follow.
    Any chance you could explain it a bit ?

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    Re: Missing Lots of Hard Disk space

    Sorry, but a partitioning utility telling you your (former) 1TB drive is now ONLY 30GB is anything BUT a minor problem.

    If you really want to get the contents of that drive back, you need to strongly consider using MS Windows utilities -- as my experience has been that Windows utilities to a better job of data recovery on Windows filesystems and Linux utilities do a better job of data recovery on Linux filesystems.

    You will need to be able to remove the (former) 1TB drive and connect it to a Windows PC -- to do the file recovery.

    If you're interested in doing that, the look into then downloading and installing RecoverMyFiles (from Runtime Software) on the Windows PC, scanning your drive in the deepest recovery mode, and then seeing what it finds. IF it finds what you want to recover, you will have to go online and purchase a license for the product.

    Your data -- your money -- your choice.
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    Re: Missing Lots of Hard Disk space

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Sorry, but a partitioning utility telling you your (former) 1TB drive is now ONLY 30GB is anything BUT a minor problem.

    If you really want to get the contents of that drive back, you need to strongly consider using MS Windows utilities -- as my experience has been that Windows utilities to a better job of data recovery on Windows filesystems and Linux utilities do a better job of data recovery on Linux filesystems.

    You will need to be able to remove the (former) 1TB drive and connect it to a Windows PC -- to do the file recovery.

    If you're interested in doing that, the look into then downloading and installing RecoverMyFiles (from Runtime Software) on the Windows PC, scanning your drive in the deepest recovery mode, and then seeing what it finds. IF it finds what you want to recover, you will have to go online and purchase a license for the product.

    Your data -- your money -- your choice.
    Actually it only detects 30MB, and I do already have a file recovery program (a friend who owns it) called Stellar Phoenix. Scanned with their deepest rec. method and found literally nothing expect some trash files.

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    Re: Missing Lots of Hard Disk space

    Really no one who knows what to do ?

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