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#1 connor2010

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:11 AM

Hi guys. I need some urgent help.

I've just formatted my pc and now im having trouble trying to reinstall winows. I used Active KillDisk t wipe my 250 gig HDD clean and now when i boot from my XP Professional cd it doesnt pick up the the whole HDD it only picks up like 13000mb of unpartitioned space where it should pick up 239 gigs of unpartitioned space. I dont know what to do?

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 05:37 AM

What was the allocated space that you chose to partition?

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 10:59 AM

I have not got to partitioning the drive yet. I've just run killdisk. I selected to clean the whole drive and not just the partition that had the OS on it.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:15 AM

You will have to partition the hard drive and then format it before you can continue to install Windows. The installation CD will walk you through this. If you are not going to make more than one partition you can just use all of the unallocated space that will be available when the CD prompts you to partition the hdd.

You can read more about this here.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:37 AM

wipe my 250 gig HDD.....it (windows setup) only picks up like 13000mb of unpartitioned space where it should pick up 239 gigs of unpartitioned space


You can read more about this here.


that link doesnt explain why windows setup only sees 13 of the 250 gig.


is this some sort of limitation for the setup?? (actually wait.. my mce setup saw the whole 160gb hdd when i repartitioned it. so this puzzles me too.)

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:41 AM

I would say, download gparted to make sure when its partitioned it is done correctly. (plus it has a gui)

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 02:09 PM

thanks for the advice guys you've helped out quite a bit, i have windows up and running agian. The only problem is that I can only use 130 gigs out of th 250. Windows seems to think that 120gigs is used up and thats not possible! Now im really screwed.lol.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 05:08 PM

There's a 137 gB limit on earlier versions of XP (SP0 and SP1 as I recall).
Most hard drive manufacturer's have a setup tool that will overcome this.
The easiest solution is to format 130 gB or so - then once you've done your Windows Updates (SP2 or SP3) you'll be able to expand the drive to it's full capacity.
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Posted 07 December 2008 - 07:32 AM

I've installed sp3 now. How do expand the drive? What program must i use?

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 03:44 AM

Just a question here:

I have heard that the partition containing the operating system should be relatively small (not more than 50 g) and at the highest point on the list of partitions (i.e. C rather than F), to locate it in I believe the outer area of the disk. Having heard this, I wonder if it makes a difference? The layman's explanation I got is that if the os partition is smaller, it doesn't have to go as far to find the files it needs.

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 04:03 AM

Just a question here:

I have heard that the partition containing the operating system should be relatively small (not more than 50 g) and at the highest point on the list of partitions (i.e. C rather than F), to locate it in I believe the outer area of the disk. Having heard this, I wonder if it makes a difference? The layman's explanation I got is that if the os partition is smaller, it doesn't have to go as far to find the files it needs.



The size of the partition doesn't really matter as long as it will be large enough to allow for the OS and the updates, I have a 20GB partition for this and it still has more than half of the space free. The larger the size of the hdd, the long the seek time will be, but you have to keep this in perspective, we're talking milliseconds? To the average person this is going to be superfluous.

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