Again I was stone-walled, the stupid thing wouldn't allow me to delete the huge unnecessary secondary partition.
OK, I'm thinking, screw windows I'll insert my Debian install disk and prepare for an easy ride: good old reliable Linux, this'll partition the drive for me! Nope, another error message while the installer is finishing the partition process.
Fine, I'll go back to Vista and see whether the partial partitioning that Linux initiated is enough to get the Vista ball rolling. I get right back through to the partitioning step and windows is mercifully just showing me the MBR partition and one great big primary partition of 250 Gbs, finally I think, and go to format it: "Failed to format the selected partition. [Error: 0x80004005]. Which appears to have something to do with security permissions to write to the disk... What the...!!! This is a new installation! There shouldn't be any security permissions yet!
I go to install anyway, expecting it to fail, and it installs no problems, unfortunately though, my C: drive is now displaying as being only 232 gb and I have no idea why. There is no unallocated space on the disk as far as I can see (I have checked using the graphical vista disk management tool and using diskpart.exe from the command line but nothing...
Can somebody please tell me where my missing drive space has gone? Or failing that a decent explosives recipe so I can suicide bomb Bill Gates.
CPU: AMD Athlon x2 64 4600+
Mobo: ASUS M2N32 Sli deluxe
GFX: Nvidia 8600 Gt
HDD: WD 2500ks
DVDD: Pioneer 112d
The HDD is second hand and when I first booted up it loaded a copy of xp, which I copied over with Vista on my first installation.
Any other questions or anything I've missed I'm usually pretty quick at responding to posts or PMs.
Thanks for looking and thanks in anticipation of some advice!
Edited by incubuds, 30 August 2007 - 12:42 PM.