I guess it would help if you told us the method you did use if you didnt use the recommended one. You may not have used the method described here exactly, but if you didnt do something very similar, something is probably amiss. Your free space should have gone from the 8% to say about 25% or so...just a very rough ballpark figure.
I cloned the original drive using Acronis True Image software. This software makes an exact sector by sector and partition by partition copy of the source drive onto a formatted target drive. I already had a free version of this software installed on my computer and I've used this method successfully in the past to copy other drives with linux based file systems.
I didn't follow the instruction in this thread because I didn't find this thread until after I copied the drive. After 24 hours, the drive is functioning normally, its just not utilizing the unallocated space.
I'll try redoing the copy using the suggested method, when I have time.
Edited by elevans, 14 February 2012 - 11:51 PM.