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  1. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64 14393
       05 Aug 2015 #1

    Ηow to restore the capacity of a hard disk after image recovery

    Let me explain my problem. I have 3 HDD's (2 internals (1 SSD 120 GB and 1 HDD-Sata 200 GB) and 1 external USB HDD (2 TB)). I have installed Windows 10 Pro x64 final οn the SSD 120 GB without problems and i have installed the extra programs that i use, also without problems. Then i decided to make an image backup to the external USB HDD. The image created succesfully. After that, i have removed the SSD 120 GB, installed the HDD-Sata 200 GB and tried to check to the HDD-Sata 200 GB if the Windows image recovery works. I used the Windows installation DVD and the external USB HDD to do the recovery. The image recovered normally and the HDD works like as if i was using the SSD 120 GB. So my problem now is with the capacity of the HDD-Sata 200 GB which is shown as 120 GB. So does anybody knows a way to restore the capacity of that HDD again back to 200 GB? I don't want to format the disk now, just continue to use it as a backup disk just in case of failure of my SSD one. I know that i cannot use the HDD Capacity Restore Tool, because it is working only with 32-bit systems (which i currently don't have one right now) and even if i use it i don't know if it will restore my disk to full capacity but in a state that requires format from the begin (something that i am trying to avoid). So in general, my question is how to restore the capacity of a hard disk after image recovery (when you backup to a new hard disk with capacity bigger than the capacity of the disk that i want to backup).

    Thanks in advance.
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    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (build 10586)
       05 Aug 2015 #2

    If you open Disk Management (search for Disk Management) and look at the 200 GB HDD, is there anything called "Unallocated Space"? If so, just install and open EaseUS Partition Master Free on the SSD, resize the 120 GB partition on the 200 GB HDD (partitions are basically walls dividing up space on your HDD) to the whole size, apply, then restart if necessary.
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    Posts : 615
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (build 10586)
       05 Aug 2015 #3

    Here is a video of someone resizing a partition, except do the opposite and make the partition bigger, not smaller like this guy did: Resizing a Hard Drive Partition with EASEUS Partition Manager - YouTube
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  4.    05 Aug 2015 #4

    Type cleanmgr.exe in the search box. Then click on clean up system files. Go through any and tick what you want removing. The previous windows one should be about 3gb.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  5.    05 Aug 2015 #5

    You don't need to install extra software, you can do it simply from within Windows.

    Start->All apps->Windows Administrative Tools->Computer Management


    Storage->Disk Management

    Right click on your 120GB partition and choose extend volume...
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  6. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64 14393
    Thread Starter
       05 Aug 2015 #6

    Will check everything a bit later and i will inform.
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  7. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64 14393
    Thread Starter
       05 Aug 2015 #7

    After checking all of the above options, the only thing that worked was the solution provided by You suggesting to download and install the EaseUS Partition Master Free program. Kudos to You and to this program. Really helped me.
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