|It appears your hard drive had three partitions when it had it's original Dell software installation on it, and it still does. |
Two of them were probably hidden from you seeing them in Windows in My Computer and Windows Explorer, or you could see one or both, but you weren't allowed to access them.
"one is FAT that is 70 MB with 63MB free"
A friend of mine has a small FAT partition on her HP Pavilion notebook computer. It's used for some special feature - there's info about that in the Owner's or User's manual. If you have a similar situation, if you don't need or use the feature, you could delete that partition first thing when you run Setup from the XP CD, but it's only 70mb you'd be freeing up.
"....the second is a FAT32 that's 3.52 GB with 264 MB free,..."
That's probably the Recovery partition and contains the data need to re-load the original contents of the C partition. If that data has no errors in it, and if no data has been added or deleted from it, you could successfully Restore the original contents of C by running Dell's Recovery procedure, if you still can.
If you don't ever want to use that feature, you could delete that partition first thing when you run Setup from the XP CD.
"...the third is NTFS of 71 GB with 6.32 GB free."
That's the partition you saw and see as C.
If you ran a Repair installation of Windows, the second Repair choice when you boot from the XP CD, that does not delete the data on the partition Windows was installed on. You will have about the same free space on the partition as you had before you ran it.
So - you could
- run the Dell Recovery procedure, if you still can - that will replace the contents of C with only the original brand name software installation's data, and delete the existing contents of the 71gb partition before it does that.
The advantage of that is all your drivers needed for your original system components will already be loaded, Windows will be Activated in the background just before Setup is finished, and all the bonus software that was originally included will be there (you can un-install what you don't want of that).
A lot more work....
- run Setup again from the XP CD, and delete all three partitions, first thing, if you don't want the capability of being able to Recover the original contents of C, and make at least one new partition, however, it's NOT a good idea to make only one partition.
OR - you could just delete the 71gb partition.
Setup defaults to making only one partition on a hard drive.
The problem with that is if you ever need to re-load Windows from scratch, you lose everything on the partition Windows was installed on, and when you have only partition on the hard drive, that's everything on the drive - unless you copy the data you don't want to lose to elsewhere BEFORE you install Windows from scratch (most people don't bother, and lose all their data) .
If you're installing XP from a regular CD, it's recommended you make at least TWO partitions on the drive.
How to make more than one partition on a hard drive, when you're installing Windows on a blank hard drive, or when you are deleting the existing partition(s) on a hard drive before you run Setup .....
See Response 3:
After Setup has finished, you will need to load all the applicable drivers for your system, found in the software downloads for your model on the Dell site. If you want ONLY the software that applies to your specific system to be listed, search for software on the Dell site by using the Service tag number on the back of your case, rather than the model number.
If Setup does not auto find the drivers for your network adapter, your computer will not be able to access the internet when Setup is finished. In order to Activate Windows, which you will have to do yourself, you either have to be able to access the internet, or you have to phone a specific telephone number. You need to install network adapter drivers.You can download just those from the Dell site on another computer and install those on your computer, or if you have a Drivers and Applications CD that came with the computer, all the drivers for the computer's devices are on that. Install the Applications too as well, if you like.
If your original Dell software installation, or your XP CD, does not have SP3 updates included.....
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"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."