So basically like the title says I have had a 500GB Hard disk this whole time but my C drive has only been showing about 250GB in total. I only noticed this because I opened my laptop and saw the Hard drive had 500GB. I checked my disk with the diskpart command and listed the disk and volume and got this enter image description here

You see that I should have 227GB free but it shows only like 8GB free on my system. Doing my research it seems like a partition on my hard drive is responsible. So what can I do next to gain the full space without causing my current files on my hard drive to be deleted? It is very important that the suggestion given doesn't cause any deletion on my hard drive. Thank you

  • Please edit your question and add a screenshot of Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc). That will be clearer on exactly what is going on. And gives us a better idea what to recommend.
    – Tonny
    Sep 28, 2021 at 9:02
  • What make is your disk?
    – harrymc
    Sep 28, 2021 at 9:14
  • Yes, a disk management screenshot would help someone answer the question more precisely rather than guessing.
    – Robert
    Sep 28, 2021 at 9:46

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disk management

Using disk management to reclaim the hard drive does not erase your information. Instead, it allows you to specify the size of the unallocated space that you want to add to the C drive without having any of your data lost.

To do this, select the drive you want to extend; as an example, I clicked C. enter image description here

Enter the size of the unallocated space you want to add; when you have put the required number you want, click Next, then Finish.

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