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Anonymous
April 15, 2005 12:53:01 PM

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I just installed a 200 GB hard drive into my computer. I formatted it using
the Windows XP Pro. installer and I also installed the OS. After windows was
installed I went to the drive properties for my new drive (C:)  and the
properties box said that there was only 127 GB of space on the drive. After I
went further into the properties I found that there was about 60 GB of
unallocated space. I know that the other 10 GB went to the formatting of the
drive. How can I convert this unallocated space into usable space. I dont
want to loose 60 GB of space that I paid for!!! I dont want to have to
reformatt, but I will.

Thanks for any help!!!

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Anonymous
April 15, 2005 3:47:18 PM

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Kevin;
Use Disk Management to create another partition:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309000

If you want to add that space to the original partition, you need a 3rd
party program if data is to be preserved:
http://www.bootitng.com/
http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/

Also you may need a BIOS update to recognize a drive that size.
Also see:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=303013

--
Jupiter Jones [MVP]
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar
In memory of our dear friend, MVP Alex Nichol
http://www.dts-l.org


"Kevin" <Kevin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:250EBBAD-1023-4E95-86E0-676D41E78920@microsoft.com...
>I just installed a 200 GB hard drive into my computer. I formatted it using
> the Windows XP Pro. installer and I also installed the OS. After windows
> was
> installed I went to the drive properties for my new drive (C:)  and the
> properties box said that there was only 127 GB of space on the drive.
> After I
> went further into the properties I found that there was about 60 GB of
> unallocated space. I know that the other 10 GB went to the formatting of
> the
> drive. How can I convert this unallocated space into usable space. I dont
> want to loose 60 GB of space that I paid for!!! I dont want to have to
> reformatt, but I will.
>
> Thanks for any help!!!
Anonymous
April 15, 2005 3:50:50 PM

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

Hi, Kevin.

Depending on the age of your computer and BIOS (which you didn't tell us),
you may be hitting the 48-bit LBA barrier. You need this to access HDs
larger than about 137 GB.

This reference is a couple of years old now, but it explains the problem and
how to upgrade your system to fix it:
http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.f9b9c...

For much more information, Google for "big drives".

Once you get the platform under control, use Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc)
to create one or more partitions and format them.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@corridor.net
Microsoft Windows MVP

"Kevin" <Kevin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:250EBBAD-1023-4E95-86E0-676D41E78920@microsoft.com...
>I just installed a 200 GB hard drive into my computer. I formatted it using
> the Windows XP Pro. installer and I also installed the OS. After windows
> was
> installed I went to the drive properties for my new drive (C:)  and the
> properties box said that there was only 127 GB of space on the drive.
> After I
> went further into the properties I found that there was about 60 GB of
> unallocated space. I know that the other 10 GB went to the formatting of
> the
> drive. How can I convert this unallocated space into usable space. I dont
> want to loose 60 GB of space that I paid for!!! I dont want to have to
> reformatt, but I will.
>
> Thanks for any help!!!
Related resources
April 15, 2005 8:21:38 PM

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> "Kevin" <Kevin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:250EBBAD-1023-4E95-86E0-676D41E78920@microsoft.com...
>>I just installed a 200 GB hard drive into my computer. I formatted it
>>using
>> the Windows XP Pro. installer and I also installed the OS. After windows
>> was
>> installed I went to the drive properties for my new drive (C:)  and the
>> properties box said that there was only 127 GB of space on the drive.
>> After I
>> went further into the properties I found that there was about 60 GB of
>> unallocated space. I know that the other 10 GB went to the formatting of
>> the
>> drive. How can I convert this unallocated space into usable space. I dont
>> want to loose 60 GB of space that I paid for!!! I dont want to have to
>> reformatt, but I will.
>>
>> Thanks for any help!!!


"R. C. White" <rc@corridor.net> wrote in message
news:o kfFJtdQFHA.3716@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> Hi, Kevin.
>
> Depending on the age of your computer and BIOS (which you didn't tell us),
> you may be hitting the 48-bit LBA barrier. You need this to access HDs
> larger than about 137 GB.
>
> This reference is a couple of years old now, but it explains the problem
> and how to upgrade your system to fix it:
> http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.f9b9c...
>
> For much more information, Google for "big drives".
>
> Once you get the platform under control, use Disk Management
> (diskmgmt.msc) to create one or more partitions and format them.
>
> RC
> --
> R. C. White, CPA
> San Marcos, TX
> rc@corridor.net
> Microsoft Windows MVP


Kevin:
One quick question and then, depending upon your answer we'll go into this a
little deeper...
Does your XP operating system include SP1 and/or SP2?
Anna
Anonymous
April 15, 2005 8:34:02 PM

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I have XP Pro that did not come with any service packs. I did just install
both Service Packs 1 and 2 today. My computer is brand new and the BIOS are
the most recent that the mother board company makes.

Thanks!!!

"Anna" wrote:

> > "Kevin" <Kevin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:250EBBAD-1023-4E95-86E0-676D41E78920@microsoft.com...
> >>I just installed a 200 GB hard drive into my computer. I formatted it
> >>using
> >> the Windows XP Pro. installer and I also installed the OS. After windows
> >> was
> >> installed I went to the drive properties for my new drive (C:)  and the
> >> properties box said that there was only 127 GB of space on the drive.
> >> After I
> >> went further into the properties I found that there was about 60 GB of
> >> unallocated space. I know that the other 10 GB went to the formatting of
> >> the
> >> drive. How can I convert this unallocated space into usable space. I dont
> >> want to loose 60 GB of space that I paid for!!! I dont want to have to
> >> reformatt, but I will.
> >>
> >> Thanks for any help!!!
>
>
> "R. C. White" <rc@corridor.net> wrote in message
> news:o kfFJtdQFHA.3716@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> > Hi, Kevin.
> >
> > Depending on the age of your computer and BIOS (which you didn't tell us),
> > you may be hitting the 48-bit LBA barrier. You need this to access HDs
> > larger than about 137 GB.
> >
> > This reference is a couple of years old now, but it explains the problem
> > and how to upgrade your system to fix it:
> > http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.f9b9c...
> >
> > For much more information, Google for "big drives".
> >
> > Once you get the platform under control, use Disk Management
> > (diskmgmt.msc) to create one or more partitions and format them.
> >
> > RC
> > --
> > R. C. White, CPA
> > San Marcos, TX
> > rc@corridor.net
> > Microsoft Windows MVP
>
>
> Kevin:
> One quick question and then, depending upon your answer we'll go into this a
> little deeper...
> Does your XP operating system include SP1 and/or SP2?
> Anna
>
>
>
Anonymous
April 15, 2005 8:38:02 PM

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What am I preserving? The data in the unallocated space(I dont think that
there is any data in there) or the data in the other part of the hard drive?

Also are there any free programs that I can use to do this if it is nessesary?

Thanks agian!!!

"Jupiter Jones [MVP]" wrote:

> Kevin;
> Use Disk Management to create another partition:
> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309000
>
> If you want to add that space to the original partition, you need a 3rd
> party program if data is to be preserved:
> http://www.bootitng.com/
> http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/
>
> Also you may need a BIOS update to recognize a drive that size.
> Also see:
> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=303013
>
> --
> Jupiter Jones [MVP]
> http://www3.telus.net/dandemar
> In memory of our dear friend, MVP Alex Nichol
> http://www.dts-l.org
>
>
> "Kevin" <Kevin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:250EBBAD-1023-4E95-86E0-676D41E78920@microsoft.com...
> >I just installed a 200 GB hard drive into my computer. I formatted it using
> > the Windows XP Pro. installer and I also installed the OS. After windows
> > was
> > installed I went to the drive properties for my new drive (C:)  and the
> > properties box said that there was only 127 GB of space on the drive.
> > After I
> > went further into the properties I found that there was about 60 GB of
> > unallocated space. I know that the other 10 GB went to the formatting of
> > the
> > drive. How can I convert this unallocated space into usable space. I dont
> > want to loose 60 GB of space that I paid for!!! I dont want to have to
> > reformatt, but I will.
> >
> > Thanks for any help!!!
>
>
>
April 16, 2005 12:07:57 AM

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>
>> > "Kevin" <Kevin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > news:250EBBAD-1023-4E95-86E0-676D41E78920@microsoft.com...
>> >>I just installed a 200 GB hard drive into my computer. I formatted it
>> >>using
>> >> the Windows XP Pro. installer and I also installed the OS. After
>> >> windows
>> >> was
>> >> installed I went to the drive properties for my new drive (C:)  and the
>> >> properties box said that there was only 127 GB of space on the drive.
>> >> After I
>> >> went further into the properties I found that there was about 60 GB of
>> >> unallocated space. I know that the other 10 GB went to the formatting
>> >> of
>> >> the
>> >> drive. How can I convert this unallocated space into usable space. I
>> >> dont
>> >> want to loose 60 GB of space that I paid for!!! I dont want to have to
>> >> reformatt, but I will.
>> >>
>> >> Thanks for any help!!!
>>
>>
>> "R. C. White" <rc@corridor.net> wrote in message
>> news:o kfFJtdQFHA.3716@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> > Hi, Kevin.
>> >
>> > Depending on the age of your computer and BIOS (which you didn't tell
>> > us),
>> > you may be hitting the 48-bit LBA barrier. You need this to access HDs
>> > larger than about 137 GB.
>> >
>> > This reference is a couple of years old now, but it explains the
>> > problem
>> > and how to upgrade your system to fix it:
>> > http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.f9b9c...
>> >
>> > For much more information, Google for "big drives".
>> >
>> > Once you get the platform under control, use Disk Management
>> > (diskmgmt.msc) to create one or more partitions and format them.
>> >
>> > RC
>> > --
>> > R. C. White, CPA
>> > San Marcos, TX
>> > rc@corridor.net
>> > Microsoft Windows MVP


> "Anna" wrote:
>> Kevin:
>> One quick question and then, depending upon your answer we'll go into
>> this a
>> little deeper...
>> Does your XP operating system include SP1 and/or SP2?
>> Anna

"Kevin" <Kevin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:A022A0B8-5CA7-44CF-B88C-3DF9B8737257@microsoft.com...
>I have XP Pro that did not come with any service packs. I did just install
> both Service Packs 1 and 2 today. My computer is brand new and the BIOS
> are
> the most recent that the mother board company makes.
>
> Thanks!!!

Kevin:
The fact that SP1 and/or SP2 wasn't installed at the time you installed your
200 GB HD is the problem. (I'm assuming your motherboard's BIOS recognizes
large-capacity disks, i.e., disks > 137 GB. Virtually all MBs manufactured
during at least the past three years do.)

When you install SP2 (or SP1), the full capacity of your 200 GB disk will be
recognized (the system will actually recognize about 186 GB, the difference
between the advertised capacity and the way the system computes disk
capacity), however, the disk space above the current 127 GB will be
reflected as "unallocated space", disk space that you can partition and
format in XP's Disk Management utility (Start > right-click My Computer >
Manage > Computer Management > Disk Management).

Note that this means you will have a minimum of two partitions. Since many,
if not most, users prefer to multi-partition their large drives anyway, this
might not be a problem for you. However, if you want *only* a single
partition for your 200 GB (186 GB approx) drive, you will need a third-party
program such as Partition Magic to merge the partitions into a single
partition.
Anna
Anonymous
April 16, 2005 3:21:58 AM

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Kevin;
Windows can not merge the unallocated space with C drive without losing the
data on C.

Disk Management can be use if you want to make unallocated space another
drive.
Otherwise the first link in my last post has a trial you can use and see if
you like it.

--
Jupiter Jones [MVP]
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar
In memory of our dear friend, MVP Alex Nichol
http://www.dts-l.org


"Kevin" <Kevin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:8321302C-CC69-4734-92EA-5D6BA1247F89@microsoft.com...
> What am I preserving? The data in the unallocated space(I dont think that
> there is any data in there) or the data in the other part of the hard
> drive?
>
> Also are there any free programs that I can use to do this if it is
> nessesary?
>
> Thanks agian!!!
>
> "Jupiter Jones [MVP]" wrote:
>
>> Kevin;
>> Use Disk Management to create another partition:
>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309000
>>
>> If you want to add that space to the original partition, you need a 3rd
>> party program if data is to be preserved:
>> http://www.bootitng.com/
>> http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/
>>
>> Also you may need a BIOS update to recognize a drive that size.
>> Also see:
>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=303013
>>
>> --
>> Jupiter Jones [MVP]
>> http://www3.telus.net/dandemar
>> In memory of our dear friend, MVP Alex Nichol
>> http://www.dts-l.org
>>
>>
>> "Kevin" <Kevin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:250EBBAD-1023-4E95-86E0-676D41E78920@microsoft.com...
>> >I just installed a 200 GB hard drive into my computer. I formatted it
>> >using
>> > the Windows XP Pro. installer and I also installed the OS. After
>> > windows
>> > was
>> > installed I went to the drive properties for my new drive (C:)  and the
>> > properties box said that there was only 127 GB of space on the drive.
>> > After I
>> > went further into the properties I found that there was about 60 GB of
>> > unallocated space. I know that the other 10 GB went to the formatting
>> > of
>> > the
>> > drive. How can I convert this unallocated space into usable space. I
>> > dont
>> > want to loose 60 GB of space that I paid for!!! I dont want to have to
>> > reformatt, but I will.
>> >
>> > Thanks for any help!!!
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
April 16, 2005 7:46:19 AM

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In message <#1svCRkQFHA.508@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl> "Jupiter Jones [MVP]"
<jones_jupiter@hotnomail.com> wrote:

>Kevin;
>Windows can not merge the unallocated space with C drive without losing the
>data on C.

Not to be argumentative, but if you convert the drive to a dynamic disk
then you can expand the partition without much difficulty and if all
goes smoothly, without any data loss.


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