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Hard Drive Shrinkage

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by emoric, Jul 28, 2006.

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  1. emoric

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    Well hello, this will be my first and sure not my last post here. Anyways, I have just recently reinstalled Windows XP Pro with sp2. I have done a clean install. This is not my first, I have done countless reformats and reinstalls, but lets get to my point. I am on an HP pavilion a720n with a 200 GB hard drive and a AMD Athlon XP 3200+. Not to long ago I had dicovered about Partition Magic. I had used that to format and merge a little more than 50 GBs of unallocated space back onto my 200 gig. After my fresh install, the one I mentioned just now, my hard disk "shrunk" to 127 GBs. I opened up Partition Magic again and there was no unallocated space. Could someone tell me what I am missing? Wheres has all the rest of my hd gone?

    If there has been other posts about this, I apoligize in advance. But any help would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
  2. prunejuice

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    Did your XP installation disk have SP2 already integrated?
     
  3. emoric

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    No, it did not. I had installed it after the installtion from a seperate cd. Could the sp2 be a problem? All though I did notice the drive shrinkage before installing sp2.
     
  4. prunejuice

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    Slipstream SP2 into your installation disk using nLite or some other program and then install.
     
  5. Mulderator

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    Perhaps Viagra would help! :D
     
  6. MysticEyes

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    Look in the BIOS, is the drive size correct there?

    Go into Disk Mangement and see how the drive is listed.
     
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    A plain old Windows XP CD with no service packs will only support up to 127GB. Even after installing SP1 or SP2 you can only create an additional partition using Disk Management in Windows XP to get the lost space back. However there shoudl be some unallocated space seen in Disk Management(DM), not sure why Partition Magic(PM) doesn't see it. The BIOS should, and must, show the full 200GB for the either DM or PM to recover the lost space.
     
  8. emoric

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    Well I must say thank you for all of your replies so far. Well it seems that I now have a big problem. I went into disk management and yes there was a 58GB of unallocated space. I made a new NTFS partition with disk management and then used partition magic to merge them together. So I applied changes and then I rebooted. The computer restarts and before windows loads, the screen for partion magic appears and merges my drives together. Near the end I get "ERROR 983. TO MANY ERRORS FOUND. PROCESS HALTED. ENTIRE PROGRESS 100%. ERROR 1552. WHILE EXECUTING BATCH. ERROR 1552. THE REQUESTED FRS ENTRY IS UNUSED(FREE). WILL NOW REBOOT." I reboot and I get "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER." Just when I thought things where getting better, they got worse. I booted up my Slax Linux live CD and thats how I'm making this post right now. Should I boot up my WINXP CD and use recovery consul and try to reset the MBR? Since I am on Slax, I do have access to my NTFS drive.

    Any help will be appreciated.
     
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    Well that is what I did. I installed XP again just so I could get access to the internet so I could integregate my WInXP Pro CD with my sp2. I made it, burned, and installed it. Worked like a charm and it reads all of my 200 gigs. I must thank you all. I wouldn't have know about that unless I came here. :)
     
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    One last question if I may. Why would you want just a large 200 G HD with no partitions?
     
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