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> 137GB Drives and windows xp

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Matt Horne, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. Matt Horne

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    Hello..

    Ok I understand that SP1 for Xp allows 48bit LBA which means it can handle large drives.

    My question is though how do I access the rest of my space ?

    I have a 160GB drive which I installed XP on and it formatted the drive to 127GB. Now if I put the SP1 on .. will the rest of the space appear? or will there be a extra partition required to get at it?

    My bios correctly shows 160GB.. I am very confused..

    Cheers

    Matt
     
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    How did u format it in the 1st place? I just got myself a 160G drive too, all I did (on XP SP1) was bung it in and formated it from within windows using Partition Magic 8 - all 160G is recognised (150 true size)
     
  3. Matt Horne

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    My 160gb drive is the only drive hence it was formatted by the xp installation program

    cheers

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    Been a while since I did this but I think I used PartitionMagic and resized the partition to take in the now free space.
     
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    Take it your XP CD is pre SP1 ?

    If so you need to make a new XP CD which incorportates SP1

    Its easy to do and saves having to reinstall SP1 again.

    http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/winxp-sp1-bootcd.html

    Works a treat.
     
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    Partition Magic will do it.

    With PM you can create a bootable floppy as well that will allow you to change the partitions through DOS really easily.

    Get yourself a copy - its worth every penny.
     
  7. Matt Horne

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    Thanks guys... never easy is it :)

    Matt
     
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    Guess partition magic will do the trick then, it will easily expand the current partition to the full size of the disk for you
     
  9. Matt Horne

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    Sorted the XP Home I just bought had the SP1 built in.. so Ihave now all my disc space :)

    Cheers

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