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  1. #1
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    Jul 2001

    Hard Disk only showing half but don't want to partition.

    Thanks for listening. I'm not sure if my question applied to one already posted here: http://discussions.hardwarecentral.c...d.php?t=170314 so I started a new thread.

    I recently bought two 250gig Western Digital drives but WinXP only formatted them as 137gig drives. I was told that as soon as I install XP and SP2, it would see the actual space. However, after I installed XP with SP2, it still displays as 137 but when I right click one of the drives and click on "format," it will be able to format it at 237gigs which is about right. I have no problems doing that to my second drive, D:, but how would I do it to my first HD, C: drive, without cutting it into another two drives?

    If I have no choice but to do that, how would I partition the C: drive through WinXP so I can leave Windows on it's own partition?

    Thanks for your time.

  2. #2
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    Dec 1998
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Your first drive currently has a 137 GB partition on it. If you create a partition in the unused space, it'll be a separate partition with its own letter.

    To install on a single 250 GB partition, you need to use a Windows CD which has SP1 or SP2 included in the CD. Yours apparently doesn't, but http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm is a set of instructions which can be used to make one.
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    Mar 2000
    Another option would be to make use of third party partitioning software such as .
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    Aug 2000
    Chesapeake, VA, USA
    Partition Magic can repartition the drive, too, I've used that before to enlarge active partitions. If you don't want to spend the money for that or *cough*, you can reformat & install XP on the 2nd drive, and swap the tp boot off the 2nd so you can reformat the first. This is, in fact, how I got my 320gb drive up and running last week- I booted from my 80 Then I made a slipstreamed XP+SP2 disk, which really wasn't all that difficult, and managed to fix my corrupted 200gb disk, too! (thread here)

    I used the instructions here: http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase...slipstream.asp

    You can download SP2 here:
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  5. #5
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    Vancouver, B.C., Canada
    nLite is a small program (requires .NET) that will easily do the slipstream for you. It can also remove components if you wish to do that.

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