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October 14, 2004 4:25:10 AM

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Okay here's the story...... I installed a new Western Digital 120 GB drive.
I used the CD that came with it for setup. When I selected the icon to set
up the drive it took about 3 seconds then said that it had been successfully
partitioned an formatted. I thought this was strange since I expected it to
take much longer for a format, but I figured, okay, it's 2004 now, and they
must have this whole process perfected and streamlined. I then proceeded
with a fresh install of Win XP Pro, but of course XP couldn't find a drive
to install it to. I screwed around for a day or two trying different things
and finally decided to do it the old fashioned way. I ran Fdisk and Format
off of a bootable floppy and finally had a C drive. Now Windows XP
installed without a hitch. The problem came when I was prompted to choose
where to install XP. To my surprise I had two partitions to choose from ( I
only meant to have one ) Remember that this is a 120 Gig drive, here is the
way it appeared on the screen...

114471 MB Disk 0 on bus 0 at Id 0 on atapi [MBR]
D: Partition1 (Drv1_Vol1) [NTFS] 114471 MB
C: Partition2 [Fat 32] 112455 MB

Those two seem to add up to much more than 120 GB. It gave the choice to
delete a partition but I wasn't sure of what to do. I Installed Windows on
Partition 1 and everything worked fine.
Now in XP's My Computer it still shows both Partitions. C: is empty, it's
Fat32 and 109 GB in size. D: has Windows installed on it and it's NTFS at
110 GB. That's 219 GB on a 120 GB Drive. Obviously something is wrong and
I'm afraid to install anything else until this is corrected. I guess I
should have deleted the Fat32 partition when I had the chance but I wasn't
sure. Does anyone know what I should do? What size should Windows be
reporting a 120 Gig? How do I get it down to one NTFS 120 GB drive?
Thanks for any help.

Heather

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Anonymous
October 14, 2004 4:25:11 AM

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I had a drive that reported over size like that. Shortly afterward, it died.

However, you might want to start over, but this time leave the drive
unpartitioned and unformatted, and boot from the CD and let XP create the
partition and format it.

"xyz" <xyz@abc.com> wrote in message
news:10mrvt8ol9utf8@corp.supernews.com...
> Okay here's the story...... I installed a new Western Digital 120 GB
> drive.
> I used the CD that came with it for setup. When I selected the icon to
> set
> up the drive it took about 3 seconds then said that it had been
> successfully
> partitioned an formatted. I thought this was strange since I expected it
> to
> take much longer for a format, but I figured, okay, it's 2004 now, and
> they
> must have this whole process perfected and streamlined. I then proceeded
> with a fresh install of Win XP Pro, but of course XP couldn't find a
> drive
> to install it to. I screwed around for a day or two trying different
> things
> and finally decided to do it the old fashioned way. I ran Fdisk and
> Format
> off of a bootable floppy and finally had a C drive. Now Windows XP
> installed without a hitch. The problem came when I was prompted to choose
> where to install XP. To my surprise I had two partitions to choose from
> ( I
> only meant to have one ) Remember that this is a 120 Gig drive, here is
> the
> way it appeared on the screen...
>
> 114471 MB Disk 0 on bus 0 at Id 0 on atapi [MBR]
> D: Partition1 (Drv1_Vol1) [NTFS] 114471 MB
> C: Partition2 [Fat 32] 112455 MB
>
> Those two seem to add up to much more than 120 GB. It gave the choice to
> delete a partition but I wasn't sure of what to do. I Installed Windows
> on
> Partition 1 and everything worked fine.
> Now in XP's My Computer it still shows both Partitions. C: is empty, it's
> Fat32 and 109 GB in size. D: has Windows installed on it and it's NTFS at
> 110 GB. That's 219 GB on a 120 GB Drive. Obviously something is wrong
> and
> I'm afraid to install anything else until this is corrected. I guess I
> should have deleted the Fat32 partition when I had the chance but I wasn't
> sure. Does anyone know what I should do? What size should Windows be
> reporting a 120 Gig? How do I get it down to one NTFS 120 GB drive?
> Thanks for any help.
>
> Heather
>
>
October 14, 2004 11:25:25 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

Hi,

Your XP CD is bootable.
Boot into BIOS and make the CD-rom is the first boot device, then save and
exit BIOS setup.
Boot from the XP CD, press Enter to enter setup.
Press F8 key to accept the licence agreement.
Now, select to delete any partitions from the master drive.
Then follow the prompt to partition/format the C drive and clean install XP
again.
You may format the C Drive to 30 Gig (or whatever you like but should not
less than 20 Gig) and then install XP OS.
You can partition and format the rest of the Hdd by using disk management in
windows enviroment at any time after XP has been successfully installed..

Peter

"xyz" wrote:

> Okay here's the story...... I installed a new Western Digital 120 GB drive.
> I used the CD that came with it for setup. When I selected the icon to set
> up the drive it took about 3 seconds then said that it had been successfully
> partitioned an formatted. I thought this was strange since I expected it to
> take much longer for a format, but I figured, okay, it's 2004 now, and they
> must have this whole process perfected and streamlined. I then proceeded
> with a fresh install of Win XP Pro, but of course XP couldn't find a drive
> to install it to. I screwed around for a day or two trying different things
> and finally decided to do it the old fashioned way. I ran Fdisk and Format
> off of a bootable floppy and finally had a C drive. Now Windows XP
> installed without a hitch. The problem came when I was prompted to choose
> where to install XP. To my surprise I had two partitions to choose from ( I
> only meant to have one ) Remember that this is a 120 Gig drive, here is the
> way it appeared on the screen...
>
> 114471 MB Disk 0 on bus 0 at Id 0 on atapi [MBR]
> D: Partition1 (Drv1_Vol1) [NTFS] 114471 MB
> C: Partition2 [Fat 32] 112455 MB
>
> Those two seem to add up to much more than 120 GB. It gave the choice to
> delete a partition but I wasn't sure of what to do. I Installed Windows on
> Partition 1 and everything worked fine.
> Now in XP's My Computer it still shows both Partitions. C: is empty, it's
> Fat32 and 109 GB in size. D: has Windows installed on it and it's NTFS at
> 110 GB. That's 219 GB on a 120 GB Drive. Obviously something is wrong and
> I'm afraid to install anything else until this is corrected. I guess I
> should have deleted the Fat32 partition when I had the chance but I wasn't
> sure. Does anyone know what I should do? What size should Windows be
> reporting a 120 Gig? How do I get it down to one NTFS 120 GB drive?
> Thanks for any help.
>
> Heather
>
>
>
!