XP will not recognize entire drive

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/ sp2
April 24, 2010 at 18:41:14
Specs: Windows XP
I just bought a new hd for my laptop, the old one crashed. It is a 250GB SATA. However when I install XP, XP does not recognize the entire 250 GB for partitioning, only 130GB. Any ideas? Thanks.

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April 24, 2010 at 19:33:07
Did you partition the drive when installing XP.
Type Compmgmt.msc (you have to include the extension).
Click Disk Management.
This will show you the details of your hard drive.
If you made 2 partitions when installing XP you will see it here.
Also did you clone or ghost your drive?


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April 24, 2010 at 20:25:52
Does your XP disc include at least SP1? If not, it will only recognize 130GB. If you install the SP after the fact, you'll have to go into disk management & enable the rest of the HDD space.

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April 24, 2010 at 20:47:36
I used the partition utility on the XP cd (Professional, no service pack). When it asked me to partition, I noticed it only recognized 103300 MB, when the hd is 250 (gb).

No ghosting..

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April 24, 2010 at 20:49:43
Ahh. I think you're right jam. If I do that, how exactly do I enable the rest of the space with disk management?

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April 25, 2010 at 00:59:23
Support for Win XP with no service pack or with SP.1 is not available. Support for Win XP SP.2 ends on July 13th 2010. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

You should instal SP.3 and all subsequent hotfixes etc.

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April 25, 2010 at 09:09:12
First install SP3:


Then follow these instructions for Disk Management:


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