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So i got my new 320 gig hard drive, went to put WinXP PRO on, and it was formatting to 305Gb.

No worries then.... then the installation stuffed up ( wouldnt copy files ) so i cancelled the installation, ran fdisk.....there are no partitions..... ok.....

So i run the windows installation again... and the damn thing is only formatting to 131Gb!!

I ran fdisk again... no partitions.

So i create one, go back into windows setup... 1x 2Gb partition... 1x 129Gb partition!

what is happening? im seriously about to cry... it took me half an hour just to get the damn computer just to recognise the drive, now its completely stuffing up.

please help me fast. Im at my wits end here

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post #2 of 40
Just create a single 30gb partition for Windows, worry about dividing the rest up once you have Windows installed.
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Yes as grunion says, dont partition more than 128 gigs, as untill windows is actually inastalled it wont recognize any higher causing the problems you are encountering.
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Just create a single 30gb partition for Windows, worry about dividing the rest up once you have Windows installed.

but the thing is, it formatted to 305 before the first installation stuffed up. and no its only formatting to 131. why? thats what i cant understand.

and it i create teh 30Gb, that will leave me with 100. what what about the other 190Gb thats supposed to be there?
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and according to fdisk, the HDD is only 8025Mb...***!?
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Well im going to install windows on the 131Gb partition and see what happens. Will it only be recognised as a 131Gb hdd when windows loads up? that would be kind of a wast of time getting a 320Gb then wouldnt it.
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post #7 of 40
K I'm back, had to reboot, I couldn't remember the Bios name.
Look for a setting in your BIOS called LBA mode, set this to auto.
Once you're in Windows the unpartitioned space should be recognized, is your install disk SP2?
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post #8 of 40
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K I'm back, had to reboot, I couldn't remember the Bios name.
Look for a setting in your BIOS called LBA mode, set this to auto.
Once you're in Windows the unpartitioned space should be recognized, is your install disk SP2?
No, I thought it was but its not.

Umm, im in the middle of formatting the 131 gig part now, is it ok if i just reset the computer whilst its doing this? or should i wait untill its all finished then reboot?
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That other drive of yours, the 40 Gig one, is that IDE ? if so it might be the source of your prob because s-ata and ide don't mix very well.
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That other drive of yours, the 40 Gig one, is that IDE ? if so it might be the source of your prob because s-ata and ide don't mix very well.
Yea it is IDE, but thats out of the computer at the moment whilst i try to get this one up and running. and i cant find any LBA setting in the bios either grunion.. Where could I find it? ive looked through everywhere.
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