298 GB unallocated disk space
Posted 09 January 2009 - 11:01 AM
I originally bought a computer last year with Vista installed. I had a someone install XP Professional on it instead. The hard drive is supposed to be 400GB. In computer management it shows drive C as 74.50 GB NTFS and 298.11 GB as unallocated. How can I use the unallocated space? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 11:30 AM
Go to Start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Disk Management. Right click on the unallocated space and choose Format from the drop down menu.
Posted 09 January 2009 - 11:36 AM
Posted 09 January 2009 - 12:07 PM
That needs to be done before you start...because you will not be able to change your mind (resize the partitions, add partitions, etc.) once you partition the entire unallocated space.
I would further suggest that some consideration be given to space needed by backups, assuming that you are interested in doing such...as well as ordinary space needs for data files (movies, music, documents, etc.).
A basic reference: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000
Generally speaking, you want to create primary partitions. There is a limit of four per hard drive, with your current install of XP residing on one. You can create more partitions, but it's like adding drawers to those in a chest...with each primary partition representing a chest used for storage.
Posted 09 January 2009 - 01:18 PM
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 02:57 PM
Edited by veegee2, 09 January 2009 - 02:59 PM.
Posted 09 January 2009 - 04:05 PM
Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:12 PM
A aside. There is an advantage to having two partitions on the hard drive, one for the OS, and one for your files and applications that are not Windows related. With the OS on a separate partition you can reformat and reinstall the OS on its partition without effecting the other partition with all of your files and other applications.