No Hard Disk space after format

Just formatted my computer, files all deleted.

But the Hard Disk shows that the used space is identical to before the format.

Tried to put my files back in but the system says there is not enough space.

HALP
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  1. take the HDD out and temporarily install it in a different pc. Don't bother mounting it, just plug in the sata cables from PSU and sata from motherboard, you might need to give up sata plugs from optical disk drive for a couple minutes if you don't have any more cords. then boot up the PC and try formatting it again (in the other PC)
  2. Aaaaah is that the only thing I can do? I don't have an extra PC and also what seems to be the problem here?
  3. First thing is we need more information.
    What operating system are you running.
    Is this your primary hard drive or a secondary?
    How did you format drive? If it's a 3rd party tool, it might not have worked properly or it might require a reboot.
  4. Tanyuning said:
    Aaaaah is that the only thing I can do? I don't have an extra PC and also what seems to be the problem here?


    A drive can not simply format itself, you need to format it from a different drive OR boot windows CD select the disk and click Utilities or Options and you should be able to format it, remember you either do it off a cd or different hard drive, a drive can not format itself
  5. Quadacon said:
    Tanyuning said:
    Aaaaah is that the only thing I can do? I don't have an extra PC and also what seems to be the problem here?


    A drive can not simply format itself, you need to format it from a different drive OR boot windows CD select the disk and click Utilities or Options and you should be able to format it, remember you either do it off a cd or different hard drive, a drive can not format itself


    Not to be a dick, but can't you just hit start -> right click on comptuer ->manage -> Disk Management -> right click on a drive (non OS drive) and click format?

    That being said, we still need more information. 1 disk or multiple hard disks? What OS?
  6. http://www.ehow.com/how_5830103_reformat-windows-computer.html

    I used this method with a windows 7 Home Premium CD, with one 500GB Hard Disk
  7. mjmacka said:
    Quadacon said:
    Tanyuning said:
    Aaaaah is that the only thing I can do? I don't have an extra PC and also what seems to be the problem here?


    A drive can not simply format itself, you need to format it from a different drive OR boot windows CD select the disk and click Utilities or Options and you should be able to format it, remember you either do it off a cd or different hard drive, a drive can not format itself


    Not to be a dick, but can't you just hit start -> right click on comptuer ->manage -> Disk Management -> right click on a drive (non OS drive) and click format?

    That being said, we still need more information. 1 disk or multiple hard disks? What OS?


    You can do that but example: You booted C drive, the OS is in C drive you cant format C drive within C drive But you can format for example F drive from within C drive.
  8. Tanyuning said:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5830103_reformat-windows-computer.html

    I used this method with a windows 7 Home Premium CD, with one 500GB Hard Disk


    Those instructions are very simple and if that works then that's great but that's not your problem, your problem is that you Hard drive has already been formatted and its still full of data. am I wrong?
  9. Yeah after I did that, I expected it to be mostly empty besides my OS, everything is gone but the memory is not there
  10. Tanyuning said:
    Yeah after I did that, I expected it to be mostly empty besides my OS, everything is gone but the memory is not there


    So you expected that wiping your drive would not wipe the OS?

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  11. I mean after I did that and reinstalled using the CD
  12. As I said nothing is in here, all my Pics, Movies and Games gone but something just seems to be using up all the same memory
  13. Tanyuning said:
    I mean after I did that and reinstalled using the CD


    Ohhh ok well did you try formatting the drive again with the cd, or have you already done that?
  14. I can try doing it again but i don't really see the point as I said everything is gone, just memory seems to gone AWOL
  15. Tanyuning said:
    I can try doing it again but i don't really see the point as I said everything is gone, just memory seems to gone AWOL


    Well try installing the OS now
  16. How much space are you missing?

    I've said the whole time that WE NEED MORE DETAILS!!!

    How big is the hard drive?
    How much is currently being used?
    What OS?

    YOU NEED TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS because we are just guessing without proper information.
  17. 500 GB hard drive

    355 GB used 110 GB Free

    Microsoft Home Premium
  18. Tanyuning said:
    500 GB hard drive

    355 GB used 110 GB Free

    Microsoft Home Premium


    7 home prem? 8home prem? vista home prem?
  19. Tanyuning said:


    no, because you need an Operating system to do that, boot the original windows disc and follow the prompts, but first are you running windows xp, vista, 7, 8?
  20. Windows 7 home premium already installed
  21. Tanyuning said:
    Windows 7 home premium already installed


    Then what's the problem lol?
  22. I told you I have mysterious data clogging up my space lol
  23. Tanyuning said:
    I told you I have mysterious data clogging up my space lol


    Right click you C drive and click properties, then click disk clean up, then do clean up system files, go through and see if there are any large files and clean them up, its all managed and safe so you cant delete anything that you shouldnt
  24. Done that only deleted about 26 Mb
  25. Use something like "windirstat" to look at your "c" disk and see what is occupying your space.

    I'm guessing it's a windows.old folder
  26. Holy crap you are right? How do I get rid of the bloody thing, just delete it?
  27. Tanyuning said:
    Holy crap you are right? How do I get rid of the bloody thing, just delete it?


    Yep, just delete that folder.

    When you preform a windows reinstall, it installs a fresh copy of the OS and moves old data into windows.old.

    Basically what happened is you didn't format you just reinstalled windows. This is normal. Next time give us more details, I could have gotten to that answer faster with details.

    Glad I could help.
  28. Perhaps, you need to do some Disk Cleanup:
    http://www.wikihow.com/Free-up-Hard-Disk-Space-on-Windows-Vista
  29. Jeremiahhary said:
    Perhaps, you need to do some Disk Cleanup:
    http://www.wikihow.com/Free-up-Hard-Disk-Space-on-Windows-Vista


    Disk disk cleanup won't much good if it's legit data. It's good for deleting temp files from programs like IE, temp downloaded files.
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