320gig only showns 120

May 14, 2009 at 16:30:33
Specs: Windows XP pro, 2 gig
Just brought a new hard drive and loaded windows xp pro the cmos shows 320 gig but my computer only shows 120

any thoughts
chuck


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#1
May 14, 2009 at 17:40:01
You evidently don't have any service packs integrated into your WinXP CD.

Either install A service pack now and use the remaining space as additional partition/s or you need to slipstream a service pack into your WinXP CD files and burn the resulting files onto a CDR and reinstall using that.

Look in Disk Management to find the remaining disk space as unallocated. Do not try to do anything with it before installing a service pack. I recommend SP3.


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#2
May 15, 2009 at 19:25:24
I have downloaded severice pack 3 and it still shown 120 gig any other thoughts..

chuck


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#3
May 15, 2009 at 22:14:25
You may want to have a look at:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013


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#4
May 16, 2009 at 09:42:46
This is the verison i have 5.1.2600.5512

tks chuck


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#5
May 16, 2009 at 09:46:57
Like OtheHill said, after you installed SP3, go to disk management and chech the partition info. If you see x amount of unallocated disk space, you can format it and make it useful.

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#6
May 16, 2009 at 09:57:44
Ok, this thread seems to have a little more insight.

Check to see if the rest of you harddrive is recognized here: start>run>diskmgmt.msc.

Look for the your hard drive and check if there is a white area next to it with no drive letter attached. Since it doesn't sound like it's the system disk you may be able to resize it.

Just be very careful and realize you could easily break something or loose data if your not careful. Back up before trying anything dangerous.

If your not certain maybe you can take a screen shot of the diskmgmt window that shows all of the drive(or 2, or 3... screenshots.) and upload it to a photo sharing site.


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#7
May 16, 2009 at 15:02:53
How do you take a screem shot?
It Says 170 gb
unallocated in the white box..

tks again chuck


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#8
May 16, 2009 at 17:06:11
Is that 170gb as well as a 120gb partition, ie your missing space??

Is this solved??


On another note....

There is a prtscn key next to f12 on most keyboards, hit it to take a screen shot. Go in to paint(or any other image editor) and paste <ctrl>+<v>, save as a jpeg.


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#9
May 16, 2009 at 17:37:06
I have the screen shot saved but how do i post it...

chuck


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#10
May 16, 2009 at 17:54:19
Try this site, upload and post the direct link.

No account needed, just hit browse, select and upload.


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#11
May 16, 2009 at 18:00:24
http://img200.imageshack.us/my.php?...

Thanks so much for your time

chuck


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#12
May 16, 2009 at 18:12:54
All of your space is indeed recognised(minus formatting loss ect.)

Because that is a system disk it limits you options a little...

You can either format and assign a drive letter to the free space so that you can use the it under another drive letter or try third party partition software to resize the c: drive.

I personally would just create a new partition in the free space, format and assign a drive letter(in that order) - all available by right clicking in the free space area. After all you do have 119gb of free space on c: partition, more than enough for windows, quite a few programs and some media.....

Third party software has the possibility of causing data loss ect. So I'm not going to recommend anything, but it *may* be possible to resize the c: partition if the right tool is used.


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#13
May 17, 2009 at 09:17:18
As I stated in my first response I recommend making a second or even more partition/s. You should keep your OS on a separate partiton.

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#14
May 17, 2009 at 14:12:15
I just wanted to thank everyone for helping..
This is what i did i formated the unalocated space and made into e drive..

tks chuck


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#15
May 17, 2009 at 18:52:12
You can change that drive letter to d if you want to. Temporarily move your CD drive to a higher letter.

Don't do that is you have installed PROGRAMS to that partition or they won't work anymore. If just data then OK.


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