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My stepdad bought a premade computer today from a local computer shop. He bought a 320GB hard drive yet when we attempt to install windows, the partition only shows 130GB. Where has all the missing space gone?
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1st off,are u wanting to have a partition?
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hi and welcome to the boards

what kind of drive is it? if you can open the case and look at the connectors on the drive - is it a thin, probably red one, or is it a wire similar to the one from a floppy drive?

ie, is it this



or this

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Yeah. We were intending to have one 100GB and 220GB. The cable at the bottom of the HD is a red one.
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Yeah. We were intending to have one 100GB and 220GB. The cable at the bottom of the HD is a red one.
What Operating system are you using?
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Updating your BIOS and/or updating Windows XP to at least SP1 should get rid of that problem.
    
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What Operating system are you using?
Windows XP Home Edition
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My stepdad bought a premade computer today from a local computer shop. He bought a 320GB hard drive yet when we attempt to install windows, the partition only shows 130GB. Where has all the missing space gone?
You are probably using a pre-SP1 XP install, so it doesn't show the full size.
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Updating your BIOS and/or updating Windows XP to at least SP1 should get rid of that problem.
Thanks I'll give that a shot.
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Thanks I'll give that a shot.

Doing that won't automatically increase the space on the C: drive, but you'll be able to go in Start/Run/diskmgmt.msc and create a second partition for the remainder of the unused hard-drive space on your hard-drive.
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