Why doesnt my windows disk see my whole drive?

Hello,

I am completing a fresh install of windows XP Professional and I am having issues with the windows installer only recognizing 131Gb of a 250Gb SATA hard disk. Does anyone know why and how I can remedy this situation? (Note: this is the first time that the installer has not seen the entire drive.)
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  1. what Service Pack does you CD have?

    I think you need SP1 for Windows to create partitions larger then 131GB.

    Create a 120GB partition, install XP, update to SP3, and use partition software to increase the partition size from 120GB to 250GB.
  2. Emerald said:
    what Service Pack does you CD have?

    I think you need SP1 for Windows to create partitions larger then 131GB.

    Create a 120GB partition, install XP, update to SP3, and use partition software to increase the partition size from 120GB to 250GB.



    Thanks for the reply Emerald - I ended up installing the OS in a 30 Gb partition and after I installed all the updates and service packs, created a 220 Gb partition/logical drive (D:) for SageTV storage and program installation.

    I have never had luck trying to expand a current "system" logical drive to include unpartitioned space.
  3. You need 3rd party software to do it with XP... Vista and 7 allow you to do it within computer management.
  4. I guess that explains why I never have had luck in my attempts. Time to upgrade! Thank you all for your help. The way I organized the system (30GB system partition / 220 GB storage partition) is working very well so far.
  5. maybe you memory have some problem

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