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Unallocated Space On 160 Western Digital Drive


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#1 JazzMahn

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 05:47 AM

I helped a friend with her Windows XP Home Computer as her hard drive had failed. Purchased a Western Digital IDE 160 gig hard drive. After changing out the drives, I used the Windows XP Home disk and first partioned and then installed Windows. Everything has gone well. I just need a little help on "Unallocated" partion.

I realize that Windows XP would only recognize 132 gigs. After installing I put on Service Packs 1 and then 2. Now when I go to disk management it is recognizing the primary partion C and also shows 21 gigs as unallocated.

I guess it has been awhile since I've had to deal with unallocated space. Could someone step me through how to proceed to claim that space. I don't suppose I can merge the 21 gigs with the 132. If I can't, can I made it a D drive (partition)?

Let me know. I appreciate your help.

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 06:18 AM

I can't help with expanding the C: partition - but I suspect that it will take a 3rd party partitioning tool to do that.

To use it as a D: drive, you'll have to open Disk Management (Start...Run...type in "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter).
Then right click on the unallocated space and you should get an option to "Initalize" - do that
Then format the drive and you should be able to use it

(Sorry, but I can't verify this on my XP Virtual Machine as it only has 1 drive)
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 06:46 AM

John,

When I go to Disk Management and click on unallocated partition, I can select new partition. It then asks if I want primary partition or extended partition. It says you can create 4 primary partitions or 3 primary and 1 extended.

I think since I don't have a 3rd party program to merge partitions that it would still make sense to utilized the 21 gigs of space that at present can't be used.

Just not sure if I want a primary or extended partition.

Think I will just make the 21 gigs a D drive

Thanks for your assistance.

Steve

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 07:10 AM

Use Primary - IMO the only use of an extended partition is if you're trying to use more than 4 partitions (you can mount several logical drives in the extended partition).

More about 1/2 way down the page here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_(computing)
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