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XP won't format whole 250GB HD

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by nosup4u, Jul 28, 2006.

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  1. nosup4u

    nosup4u Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I'm sure this is simple, but I can't figure it out and searching google hasn't found me any answers. I am building a new system. It all works fine. But I have a WD 250GB hard drive I"m using. When I boot from WinXP Pro CD, and go to format the drive and install the OS, it only tells me I can format 130GB of space. Nowhere to be found is the rest of my drive...

    Any thoughts as to what I"m doing wrong here?

    Thanks!
    Kimberly
     
  2. n7Epsilon

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    Hi, if the version of Windows on the install CD pre-dates Service Pack 2, you will get this problem.

    Microsoft added the ability for Windows to see hard drives bigger than 137 GB in Service Pack 1 (and Service Pack 2).

    If you have access to another PC, download Service Pack 2 (which includes Service Pack 1 btw), and integrate it into your install source and burn a new CD from which you can install. You can find good instructions for doing that here:

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

    You can download Service Pack 2 (full 266 MB package) from here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...BE-3B8E-4F30-8245-9E368D3CDB5A&displaylang=en

    As a workaround, you can create a partition less than 137 GB, install Windows, and then install Service Pack 2 and you will be able to access the rest of the hard drive. Then you can partition the rest from the Computer Management interface (right-click "My Computer" > Manage...)
     
  3. nosup4u

    nosup4u Thread Starter

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    awesome, thanks so much. That is definitely my problem!

    Kimberly
     
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