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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bgilmore, Jul 4, 2007.

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  1. bgilmore

    bgilmore Thread Starter

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    I just bought a new WD 500 gig HD and I'm in the process of installing it. I set it up, installed XP, updated to SP2 and all the other millions of updates microsoft has, and yet I can't access anything past 137 GB. I know this isn't a limitation of the BIOS because I just had a 160 GB drive with multiple partitions set up prior to this one. I know WD's Data Lifeguard Tools should let me create more partitions but it says I cannot select the drive because it is the boot drive. If I run the Data Lifeguard tools from the disk upon startup, it warns me that creating partitions will reformat the disk and delete everything I have, which would mean reinstalling XP, and getting me right back to where I started.

    Basically, how to I add partitions to a boot drive so I can access the rest of the storage?
     
  2. norton850

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    In order to use the full size of the drive SP1 (or 2) needs to be installed before you do your first partition/format and install Windows. Choices at this point would be to start over with SP2 slipstreamed into your WinXP install disc or with your present install right click on My Computer/Manage/Disk Management and allocate the rest of the drive as a second partition.
    Edit: to continue the second choice: or as many partitions as you want.
     
  3. bgilmore

    bgilmore Thread Starter

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    Thank you. I assumed something as simple as Disk Management existed, I just was completely unaware of it. Exactly what I needed. Thanks again.
     
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    You're welcome.
     
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