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my HDD is missing 50GB!


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ncabiac

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Hey guys, thank for lookin at this help thread.

I recently reinstalled windows on my fiance's computer. I was transferring over her old files when all of a sudden it ran out of space. I clicked on properties of the C: drive and to my astonishsment it was full at 31.1GB. That is odd because the HDD I have in there is an 80GB Maxtor. Does anyone know how this could have happened and/or what I can do to fix this? Thanks in advance!
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crouchij

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Did you reformat the drive before installing Windows again?
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If you have installed Win XP and during the install had the drive formatted as FAT32 then xp will only use 32 gigs of the drive. This is a quirk of the XP CD. If you had used the ntfs file system you would have the full 80 gigs showing. The only way around this is to use a win 98 floppy to format the full 80 gigs as FAT32, then install XP on the drive.

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Hey thanks guys. I figured it out. I had the jumper set wrong, I had it set to Master with Cylinder Limitation position. Whoops :whistling:
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At least you figured it out! :whistling: And thank you for letting us know how you fixed it so others with similar situations can benefit.

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I think I read somewhere that XP can see up to 132GB on a single partition, which means that if you install a 500GB drive it must be split into partitions less than 132GB each.
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