Originally Posted by Crapattack749
I built a computer for a friend. Made it cheap and got a 40 gig HD. When I installed XP it only read it as 32 Gigs. I know of swap space but 8 Gigs is a bit much. Can I get any back?
Originally Posted by spookedjunglist
my 80 gig hard drive reads as a little less but thats because of marketing...
advertisers think that 1000mb is one gigabyte
computer guys know that 1024mb is one gigabyte
i would recomend trying to reinstall windows from scratch from boot.....
and when it asks you where to install windows select delete partition
and delete any partitions on that drive and then create your partition
and use all available space, it should be around 38gigs
also its a good idea to set it as two partitions of 20gigs if thats your only drive
because if you have to reinstall windows in the future you can back up everything on the other partition
8 gigs is too much missing space
MBR is master boot record and is very small not even a gig..
What are you using to tell you how big your HD is??