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Installed Xp Home on 320G HDD and only 125G is showing


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After installing Xp home on a 320G hard drive I checked and it formatted it as a 125G hard drive. Is there any way I can access the rest of the volume now that the operating system has been installed on it?? Maybe by adding a partition or something?
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You need to enable "LBA" mode (Logical Block Addressing) for that drive in the BIOS settings, plus you also need Windows XP SP1 or higher for LBA support.

Since Windows is already installed there's no way it can automatically re-size itself when you get LBA enabled, so if you want a single partition using the full capacity of the drive you'll have to re-install it. Or leave the Windows partition "as is" and partition/format the remainder with the Administrative Tools->Disk Management in Control Panel.

Edited by pip22, 16 February 2007 - 09:36 AM.

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So if I go to the disk manager I will be able to set up a partition for the remainder of the volume?

What would be the best route to take, as far as new partition versus reinstal?? Is there a prefered way to do this? Will the other partition be slower? Any performance issues doing it either way?
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I would go with a 2nd or even a 3rd partition. That leaves the OS intact and gives you a separate storage spot for data/ music/ pictures, etc.
That would be the easiest, IF your OS is functioning properly.
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I would go with a 2nd or even a 3rd partition. That leaves the OS intact and gives you a separate storage spot for data/ music/ pictures, etc.
That would be the easiest, IF your OS is functioning properly.


Thanks for the info!!

Is it possible to split the initial partition windows automatically created during the install??
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