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Anonymous
July 7, 2005 10:03:15 AM

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XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested with
spyware, viri, you name it.
200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would not
show up as being available.
I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59 gig.
At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to make a
larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do so.
I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any means.
The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
problem.
Looking for suggestions.
Thanks....gary

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Anonymous
July 7, 2005 1:02:31 PM

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Boot from the XP cd.

phal wrote:

> XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested with
> spyware, viri, you name it.
> 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would not
> show up as being available.
> I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59 gig.
> At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to make a
> larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do so.
> I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any means.
> The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
> problem.
> Looking for suggestions.
> Thanks....gary
>
July 7, 2005 2:14:30 PM

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"phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
> XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested with
> spyware, viri, you name it.
> 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would not
> show up as being available.
> I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59 gig.
> At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to make a
> larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do so.
> I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> means.
> The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
> problem.
> Looking for suggestions.
> Thanks....gary


Gary:
Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
partition/format the 200 GB HD?

Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a retail
copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh install of
XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up with the
XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
Anna

P. S.
I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone. So if
there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB partition you
mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.
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Anonymous
July 7, 2005 2:14:31 PM

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

I had a huge response written to your email took about 45 min to get it all
right. I hit post and the loging screen came up after login, it was all gone.
If I get lucky it will show up here sooner or later....gm

"Anna" wrote:

>
> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested with
> > spyware, viri, you name it.
> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would not
> > show up as being available.
> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59 gig.
> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to make a
> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do so.
> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> > means.
> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
> > problem.
> > Looking for suggestions.
> > Thanks....gary
>
>
> Gary:
> Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
> partition/format the 200 GB HD?
>
> Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a retail
> copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh install of
> XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up with the
> XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
> Anna
>
> P. S.
> I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
> delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone. So if
> there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB partition you
> mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
> you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.
>
>
>
July 7, 2005 5:12:34 PM

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>
:
>
>>
>> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
>> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
>> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
>> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested
>> > with
>> > spyware, viri, you name it.
>> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
>> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
>> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would
>> > not
>> > show up as being available.
>> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59
>> > gig.
>> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to
>> > make a
>> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do
>> > so.
>> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
>> > means.
>> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
>> > problem.
>> > Looking for suggestions.
>> > Thanks....gary


> "Anna" wrote
>> Gary:
>> Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
>> partition/format the 200 GB HD?
>>
>> Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a retail
>> copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh install
>> of
>> XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up with
>> the
>> XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
>> Anna
>>
>> P. S.
>> I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
>> delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone. So
>> if
>> there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB partition
>> you
>> mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
>> you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.



"phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F6BEAB5D-333F-4B40-AE1F-32792DE9E9F1@microsoft.com...
>I had a huge response written to your email took about 45 min to get it all
> right. I hit post and the loging screen came up after login, it was all
> gone.
> If I get lucky it will show up here sooner or later....gm


Well, if you sent it to my "email" I'm afraid it's somewhere floating around
in the internet ether. And it's a "huge response"? It's that complicated an
issue?
Anna
Anonymous
July 7, 2005 5:12:35 PM

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

I was just giving history on what had happened so far.
But anyway:
I just ran the Western Digital utility on the disk. Supposedly wrote zeros
to whole disk. I set partition and made it active, I am still showing only 59
gig.

Can I set partition and format the disk with Win XP disk only, no boot disk?
If so, could you tell me how?

"Anna" wrote:

>
> >
> :
> >
> >>
> >> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
> >> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> >> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> >> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested
> >> > with
> >> > spyware, viri, you name it.
> >> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> >> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> >> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would
> >> > not
> >> > show up as being available.
> >> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59
> >> > gig.
> >> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to
> >> > make a
> >> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do
> >> > so.
> >> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> >> > means.
> >> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
> >> > problem.
> >> > Looking for suggestions.
> >> > Thanks....gary
>
>
> > "Anna" wrote
> >> Gary:
> >> Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
> >> partition/format the 200 GB HD?
> >>
> >> Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a retail
> >> copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh install
> >> of
> >> XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up with
> >> the
> >> XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
> >> Anna
> >>
> >> P. S.
> >> I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
> >> delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone. So
> >> if
> >> there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB partition
> >> you
> >> mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
> >> you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.
>
>
>
> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:F6BEAB5D-333F-4B40-AE1F-32792DE9E9F1@microsoft.com...
> >I had a huge response written to your email took about 45 min to get it all
> > right. I hit post and the loging screen came up after login, it was all
> > gone.
> > If I get lucky it will show up here sooner or later....gm
>
>
> Well, if you sent it to my "email" I'm afraid it's somewhere floating around
> in the internet ether. And it's a "huge response"? It's that complicated an
> issue?
> Anna
>
>
>
Anonymous
July 7, 2005 5:12:36 PM

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Still looking for help. Can I format and set the partition with Win XP Pro
disk and no boot disk?

"phal" wrote:

> I was just giving history on what had happened so far.
> But anyway:
> I just ran the Western Digital utility on the disk. Supposedly wrote zeros
> to whole disk. I set partition and made it active, I am still showing only 59
> gig.
>
> Can I set partition and format the disk with Win XP disk only, no boot disk?
> If so, could you tell me how?
>
> "Anna" wrote:
>
> >
> > >
> > :
> > >
> > >>
> > >> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > >> news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
> > >> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> > >> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> > >> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested
> > >> > with
> > >> > spyware, viri, you name it.
> > >> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> > >> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> > >> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would
> > >> > not
> > >> > show up as being available.
> > >> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59
> > >> > gig.
> > >> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to
> > >> > make a
> > >> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do
> > >> > so.
> > >> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> > >> > means.
> > >> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
> > >> > problem.
> > >> > Looking for suggestions.
> > >> > Thanks....gary
> >
> >
> > > "Anna" wrote
> > >> Gary:
> > >> Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
> > >> partition/format the 200 GB HD?
> > >>
> > >> Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a retail
> > >> copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh install
> > >> of
> > >> XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up with
> > >> the
> > >> XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
> > >> Anna
> > >>
> > >> P. S.
> > >> I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
> > >> delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone. So
> > >> if
> > >> there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB partition
> > >> you
> > >> mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
> > >> you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.
> >
> >
> >
> > "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:F6BEAB5D-333F-4B40-AE1F-32792DE9E9F1@microsoft.com...
> > >I had a huge response written to your email took about 45 min to get it all
> > > right. I hit post and the loging screen came up after login, it was all
> > > gone.
> > > If I get lucky it will show up here sooner or later....gm
> >
> >
> > Well, if you sent it to my "email" I'm afraid it's somewhere floating around
> > in the internet ether. And it's a "huge response"? It's that complicated an
> > issue?
> > Anna
> >
> >
> >
July 7, 2005 6:42:08 PM

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>> >> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
>> >> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
>> >> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
>> >> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally
>> >> > infested
>> >> > with
>> >> > spyware, viri, you name it.
>> >> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
>> >> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
>> >> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig
>> >> > would
>> >> > not
>> >> > show up as being available.
>> >> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59
>> >> > gig.
>> >> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to
>> >> > make a
>> >> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to
>> >> > do
>> >> > so.
>> >> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
>> >> > means.
>> >> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not
>> >> > the
>> >> > problem.
>> >> > Looking for suggestions.
>> >> > Thanks....gary
>>
>>
>> > "Anna" wrote
>> >> Gary:
>> >> Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
>> >> partition/format the 200 GB HD?
>> >>
>> >> Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a
>> >> retail
>> >> copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh
>> >> install
>> >> of
>> >> XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up
>> >> with
>> >> the
>> >> XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
>> >> Anna
>> >>
>> >> P. S.
>> >> I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
>> >> delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone.
>> >> So
>> >> if
>> >> there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB
>> >> partition
>> >> you
>> >> mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
>> >> you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.


"phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CA81EAEB-DAB3-4D08-85DF-90A70591EFF1@microsoft.com...
(snip)

> I just ran the Western Digital utility on the disk. Supposedly wrote zeros
> to whole disk. I set partition and made it active, I am still showing only
> 59 gig.
>
> Can I set partition and format the disk with Win XP disk only, no boot
> disk?
> If so, could you tell me how?


phal (Gary?):
Well, the first thing to do is to use the Western Digital HD diagnostic
utility to determine if the disk is defective. Assuming it isn't...

You *can* (and should) partition/format the disk using the Windows XP
installation disk and subsequently install the OS. Do a Google search for
"install windows xp" and you'll be directed to many sites that give
step-by-step instructions for the installation process.
Anna
Anonymous
July 7, 2005 6:42:09 PM

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Well, I have looked and there is mention of a utility on XP for formatting,
but no exact info.
I just deleted my 59 gig partition.
removed the win 98 boot disk.
change boot bios to cd rom
inserted Win XP Pro
on set up screen right now. I Can:
Set Up windows XP now, press enter
Repair a windows XP installation using Recovery Console press R
quit setup
This is not where I want to be. This is the only screen I have seen thus far.
I have never seen an option to format or partition.
What am I doing wrong. Does it not tell you it is going to format?
gary



"Anna" wrote:

>
> >> >> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> >> news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
> >> >> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> >> >> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> >> >> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally
> >> >> > infested
> >> >> > with
> >> >> > spyware, viri, you name it.
> >> >> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> >> >> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> >> >> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig
> >> >> > would
> >> >> > not
> >> >> > show up as being available.
> >> >> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59
> >> >> > gig.
> >> >> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to
> >> >> > make a
> >> >> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to
> >> >> > do
> >> >> > so.
> >> >> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> >> >> > means.
> >> >> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not
> >> >> > the
> >> >> > problem.
> >> >> > Looking for suggestions.
> >> >> > Thanks....gary
> >>
> >>
> >> > "Anna" wrote
> >> >> Gary:
> >> >> Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
> >> >> partition/format the 200 GB HD?
> >> >>
> >> >> Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a
> >> >> retail
> >> >> copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh
> >> >> install
> >> >> of
> >> >> XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up
> >> >> with
> >> >> the
> >> >> XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
> >> >> Anna
> >> >>
> >> >> P. S.
> >> >> I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
> >> >> delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone.
> >> >> So
> >> >> if
> >> >> there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB
> >> >> partition
> >> >> you
> >> >> mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
> >> >> you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.
>
>
> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:CA81EAEB-DAB3-4D08-85DF-90A70591EFF1@microsoft.com...
> (snip)
>
> > I just ran the Western Digital utility on the disk. Supposedly wrote zeros
> > to whole disk. I set partition and made it active, I am still showing only
> > 59 gig.
> >
> > Can I set partition and format the disk with Win XP disk only, no boot
> > disk?
> > If so, could you tell me how?
>
>
> phal (Gary?):
> Well, the first thing to do is to use the Western Digital HD diagnostic
> utility to determine if the disk is defective. Assuming it isn't...
>
> You *can* (and should) partition/format the disk using the Windows XP
> installation disk and subsequently install the OS. Do a Google search for
> "install windows xp" and you'll be directed to many sites that give
> step-by-step instructions for the installation process.
> Anna
>
>
>
Anonymous
July 7, 2005 6:42:10 PM

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phal wrote:

> Well, I have looked and there is mention of a utility on XP for formatting,
> but no exact info.
> I just deleted my 59 gig partition.
> removed the win 98 boot disk.
> change boot bios to cd rom
> inserted Win XP Pro
> on set up screen right now. I Can:
> Set Up windows XP now, press enter
> Repair a windows XP installation using Recovery Console press R
> quit setup
> This is not where I want to be. This is the only screen I have seen thus far.
> I have never seen an option to format or partition.
> What am I doing wrong. Does it not tell you it is going to format?
> gary

At that screen hit Enter to set up Windows, you will get options to do
what you want.

Steve

>
>
>
> "Anna" wrote:
>
>
>>>>>>"phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>>>>>news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
>>>>>>>Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
>>>>>>>I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally
>>>>>>>infested
>>>>>>>with
>>>>>>>spyware, viri, you name it.
>>>>>>>200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
>>>>>>>I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
>>>>>>>I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig
>>>>>>>would
>>>>>>>not
>>>>>>>show up as being available.
>>>>>>>I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59
>>>>>>>gig.
>>>>>>>At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to
>>>>>>>make a
>>>>>>>larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to
>>>>>>>do
>>>>>>>so.
>>>>>>>I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
>>>>>>>means.
>>>>>>>The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not
>>>>>>>the
>>>>>>>problem.
>>>>>>>Looking for suggestions.
>>>>>>>Thanks....gary
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>"Anna" wrote
>>>>>
>>>>>>Gary:
>>>>>>Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
>>>>>>partition/format the 200 GB HD?
>>>>>>
>>>>>>Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a
>>>>>>retail
>>>>>>copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh
>>>>>>install
>>>>>>of
>>>>>>XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up
>>>>>>with
>>>>>>the
>>>>>>XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
>>>>>>Anna
>>>>>>
>>>>>>P. S.
>>>>>>I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
>>>>>>delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone.
>>>>>>So
>>>>>>if
>>>>>>there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB
>>>>>>partition
>>>>>>you
>>>>>>mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
>>>>>>you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.
>>
>>
>>"phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>news:CA81EAEB-DAB3-4D08-85DF-90A70591EFF1@microsoft.com...
>>(snip)
>>
>>
>>>I just ran the Western Digital utility on the disk. Supposedly wrote zeros
>>>to whole disk. I set partition and made it active, I am still showing only
>>>59 gig.
>>>
>>>Can I set partition and format the disk with Win XP disk only, no boot
>>>disk?
>>>If so, could you tell me how?
>>
>>
>>phal (Gary?):
>>Well, the first thing to do is to use the Western Digital HD diagnostic
>>utility to determine if the disk is defective. Assuming it isn't...
>>
>>You *can* (and should) partition/format the disk using the Windows XP
>>installation disk and subsequently install the OS. Do a Google search for
>>"install windows xp" and you'll be directed to many sites that give
>>step-by-step instructions for the installation process.
>>Anna
>>
>>
>>
July 7, 2005 7:11:21 PM

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Download the floppies for formatting from the HD's manufacturer's web site.
Use those to format and partition the drive. You might want to do a full
format, even though it will take hours, if the quick format doesn't show all
the space.
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"phal" wrote

> XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested with
> spyware, viri, you name it.
> 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would not
> show up as being available.
> I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59 gig.
> At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to make a
> larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do so.
> I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> means.
> The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
> problem.
> Looking for suggestions.
> Thanks....gary
>
July 7, 2005 7:11:22 PM

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you should have booted with the xp home cd, noe that you have used a w98 boot
disk you will have some of the disc in fat32 ? and some of the disc in ntfs ?
possibly if this is the case then a win 98 disc will not be able to see it as
it does not see ntfs partitions, the easiest way is to boot from the xp cd
and follow the prompts to format the drive and then carry on as usual
--
there are no problems, just challenges


"Alias" wrote:

> Download the floppies for formatting from the HD's manufacturer's web site.
> Use those to format and partition the drive. You might want to do a full
> format, even though it will take hours, if the quick format doesn't show all
> the space.
> --
> Alias
>
> Use the Reply to Sender feature of your news reader program to email me.
> Utiliza Responder al Remitente para mandarme un mail.
>
> "phal" wrote
>
> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested with
> > spyware, viri, you name it.
> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would not
> > show up as being available.
> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59 gig.
> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to make a
> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do so.
> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> > means.
> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
> > problem.
> > Looking for suggestions.
> > Thanks....gary
> >
>
>
>
July 7, 2005 8:03:51 PM

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"steve" <steve@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote

> you should have booted with the xp home cd,

After reading about two XPs, etc. after booting with the Home or Pro CD, I
disagree. The floppies from the HD's manufacturer's web site don't present
those possibilities.
--
Alias

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noe that you have used a w98 boot
> disk you will have some of the disc in fat32 ? and some of the disc in
> ntfs ?
> possibly if this is the case then a win 98 disc will not be able to see it
> as
> it does not see ntfs partitions, the easiest way is to boot from the xp cd
> and follow the prompts to format the drive and then carry on as usual
> --
> there are no problems, just challenges
>
>
> "Alias" wrote:
>
>> Download the floppies for formatting from the HD's manufacturer's web
>> site.
>> Use those to format and partition the drive. You might want to do a full
>> format, even though it will take hours, if the quick format doesn't show
>> all
>> the space.
>> --
>> Alias
>>
>> Use the Reply to Sender feature of your news reader program to email me.
>> Utiliza Responder al Remitente para mandarme un mail.
>>
>> "phal" wrote
>>
>> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
>> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
>> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested
>> > with
>> > spyware, viri, you name it.
>> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
>> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
>> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would
>> > not
>> > show up as being available.
>> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59
>> > gig.
>> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to
>> > make a
>> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do
>> > so.
>> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
>> > means.
>> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
>> > problem.
>> > Looking for suggestions.
>> > Thanks....gary
>> >
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
July 7, 2005 8:45:02 PM

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It ended up that I used the win 98 disc to remove the partition and then
booted from the XP disc. It overwrote the 59 gig stuff and installed. The
partition being on the disc before the install was the problem...thanks to
all....gary

"Steve N." wrote:

> phal wrote:
>
> > Well, I have looked and there is mention of a utility on XP for formatting,
> > but no exact info.
> > I just deleted my 59 gig partition.
> > removed the win 98 boot disk.
> > change boot bios to cd rom
> > inserted Win XP Pro
> > on set up screen right now. I Can:
> > Set Up windows XP now, press enter
> > Repair a windows XP installation using Recovery Console press R
> > quit setup
> > This is not where I want to be. This is the only screen I have seen thus far.
> > I have never seen an option to format or partition.
> > What am I doing wrong. Does it not tell you it is going to format?
> > gary
>
> At that screen hit Enter to set up Windows, you will get options to do
> what you want.
>
> Steve
>
> >
> >
> >
> > "Anna" wrote:
> >
> >
> >>>>>>"phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >>>>>>news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>>XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> >>>>>>>Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> >>>>>>>I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally
> >>>>>>>infested
> >>>>>>>with
> >>>>>>>spyware, viri, you name it.
> >>>>>>>200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> >>>>>>>I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> >>>>>>>I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig
> >>>>>>>would
> >>>>>>>not
> >>>>>>>show up as being available.
> >>>>>>>I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59
> >>>>>>>gig.
> >>>>>>>At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to
> >>>>>>>make a
> >>>>>>>larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to
> >>>>>>>do
> >>>>>>>so.
> >>>>>>>I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> >>>>>>>means.
> >>>>>>>The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not
> >>>>>>>the
> >>>>>>>problem.
> >>>>>>>Looking for suggestions.
> >>>>>>>Thanks....gary
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>>"Anna" wrote
> >>>>>
> >>>>>>Gary:
> >>>>>>Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
> >>>>>>partition/format the 200 GB HD?
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a
> >>>>>>retail
> >>>>>>copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh
> >>>>>>install
> >>>>>>of
> >>>>>>XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up
> >>>>>>with
> >>>>>>the
> >>>>>>XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
> >>>>>>Anna
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>P. S.
> >>>>>>I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
> >>>>>>delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone.
> >>>>>>So
> >>>>>>if
> >>>>>>there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB
> >>>>>>partition
> >>>>>>you
> >>>>>>mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
> >>>>>>you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.
> >>
> >>
> >>"phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >>news:CA81EAEB-DAB3-4D08-85DF-90A70591EFF1@microsoft.com...
> >>(snip)
> >>
> >>
> >>>I just ran the Western Digital utility on the disk. Supposedly wrote zeros
> >>>to whole disk. I set partition and made it active, I am still showing only
> >>>59 gig.
> >>>
> >>>Can I set partition and format the disk with Win XP disk only, no boot
> >>>disk?
> >>>If so, could you tell me how?
> >>
> >>
> >>phal (Gary?):
> >>Well, the first thing to do is to use the Western Digital HD diagnostic
> >>utility to determine if the disk is defective. Assuming it isn't...
> >>
> >>You *can* (and should) partition/format the disk using the Windows XP
> >>installation disk and subsequently install the OS. Do a Google search for
> >>"install windows xp" and you'll be directed to many sites that give
> >>step-by-step instructions for the installation process.
> >>Anna
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
Anonymous
July 8, 2005 12:21:42 AM

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If that is what you really mean. Did you really delete the partition?

If you deleted the partition then the partition is gone. You'll need to
create a new one.

"phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:70D5E5E1-06F3-4788-ABF0-282F2C23F26A@microsoft.com...
> Well, I have looked and there is mention of a utility on XP for
> formatting,
> but no exact info.
> I just deleted my 59 gig partition.
> removed the win 98 boot disk.
> change boot bios to cd rom
> inserted Win XP Pro
> on set up screen right now. I Can:
> Set Up windows XP now, press enter
> Repair a windows XP installation using Recovery Console press R
> quit setup
> This is not where I want to be. This is the only screen I have seen thus
> far.
> I have never seen an option to format or partition.
> What am I doing wrong. Does it not tell you it is going to format?
> gary
>
>
>
> "Anna" wrote:
>
>>
>> >> >> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >> >> news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
>> >> >> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
>> >> >> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
>> >> >> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally
>> >> >> > infested
>> >> >> > with
>> >> >> > spyware, viri, you name it.
>> >> >> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
>> >> >> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
>> >> >> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig
>> >> >> > would
>> >> >> > not
>> >> >> > show up as being available.
>> >> >> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only
>> >> >> > 59
>> >> >> > gig.
>> >> >> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried
>> >> >> > to
>> >> >> > make a
>> >> >> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available
>> >> >> > to
>> >> >> > do
>> >> >> > so.
>> >> >> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by
>> >> >> > any
>> >> >> > means.
>> >> >> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is
>> >> >> > not
>> >> >> > the
>> >> >> > problem.
>> >> >> > Looking for suggestions.
>> >> >> > Thanks....gary
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> > "Anna" wrote
>> >> >> Gary:
>> >> >> Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk
>> >> >> to
>> >> >> partition/format the 200 GB HD?
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a
>> >> >> retail
>> >> >> copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh
>> >> >> install
>> >> >> of
>> >> >> XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up
>> >> >> with
>> >> >> the
>> >> >> XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install
>> >> >> XP?
>> >> >> Anna
>> >> >>
>> >> >> P. S.
>> >> >> I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when
>> >> >> you
>> >> >> delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be
>> >> >> gone.
>> >> >> So
>> >> >> if
>> >> >> there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB
>> >> >> partition
>> >> >> you
>> >> >> mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make
>> >> >> sure
>> >> >> you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.
>>
>>
>> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:CA81EAEB-DAB3-4D08-85DF-90A70591EFF1@microsoft.com...
>> (snip)
>>
>> > I just ran the Western Digital utility on the disk. Supposedly wrote
>> > zeros
>> > to whole disk. I set partition and made it active, I am still showing
>> > only
>> > 59 gig.
>> >
>> > Can I set partition and format the disk with Win XP disk only, no boot
>> > disk?
>> > If so, could you tell me how?
>>
>>
>> phal (Gary?):
>> Well, the first thing to do is to use the Western Digital HD diagnostic
>> utility to determine if the disk is defective. Assuming it isn't...
>>
>> You *can* (and should) partition/format the disk using the Windows XP
>> installation disk and subsequently install the OS. Do a Google search for
>> "install windows xp" and you'll be directed to many sites that give
>> step-by-step instructions for the installation process.
>> Anna
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
July 8, 2005 1:02:26 AM

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"Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
news:%233abz4vgFHA.2700@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>
> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
> > XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> > Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> > I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested
with
> > spyware, viri, you name it.
> > 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> > I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> > I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would
not
> > show up as being available.
> > I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59 gig.
> > At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to make
a
> > larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do
so.
> > I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> > means.
> > The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
> > problem.
> > Looking for suggestions.
> > Thanks....gary
>
>
> Gary:
> Is there some specific reason why you're using a Win98 startup disk to
> partition/format the 200 GB HD?
>
> Assuming there are no OEM issues involved here and you are using a retail
> copy of Windows XP Professional -- if you're performing a fresh install of
> XP as you apparently are, would it not be more advisable to boot up with
the
> XP installation CD, delete the partitions and make a fresh install XP?
> Anna
>
> P. S.
> I'm sure you understand this -- but just in case you don't -- when you
> delete the partition(s), *all* data on those partitions will be gone. So
if
> there's any data you or your friend's want/need on that 59 GB partition
you
> mention (or, for that matter on any other partition), please make sure
> you've backed the data up *before* you begin deleting partitions.
>

If I remember correctly, XP pro before SP1 could only handle up to
137 gig or some such number. You might want to check
support.microsoft.com for more information on that issue.
After SP1, the limit was much higher.
If your XP Pro CD is not at least SP1, you may have an issue getting
the whole disk in one shot (although you could load XP into a 120
gig partition, download SP1 and SP2 then change the partition size with
drive manager up to include the full 200 gig (or add a second partition
for other storage).

mikey
Anonymous
July 8, 2005 11:09:11 AM

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Fdisk in Win 98/98SE is the culprit. Find something else to create a FAT32
partition and do the formatting of that parittion.

"phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
> XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
> Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
> I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested with
> spyware, viri, you name it.
> 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
> I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
> I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would not
> show up as being available.
> I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59 gig.
> At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to make a
> larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do so.
> I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
means.
> The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
> problem.
> Looking for suggestions.
> Thanks....gary
>
Anonymous
July 8, 2005 5:41:04 PM

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Problem: XP does not use any DOS during the boot process. If you format
with Windows 98, you will always get this problem.

Solution: Use the XP install CD to set up the partition as NTFS. FAT32
partitions are limited to 32GB. Also, you will need to use an XP install CD
that has at least Sevice Pack 1 (SP1) "slipstreamed" into the base CD files.
The original XP install CDs ccan not handle the larger drives (limited to
137GB)


"Lil' Dave" <spamyourself@virus.net> wrote in message
news:uXI%23hX7gFHA.2484@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Fdisk in Win 98/98SE is the culprit. Find something else to create a
> FAT32
> partition and do the formatting of that parittion.
>
> "phal" <phal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:F5BD3580-4FD7-4E80-A73E-5F54E37CC8B6@microsoft.com...
>> XP Home originally on drive. I am trying to install Professional.
>> Compaq Presario, 2.2 ghz, 200 gig HD, 512 ram.
>> I am working on a computer for family friend. It was totally infested
>> with
>> spyware, viri, you name it.
>> 200 gig hard drive, 59 gig of space being used
>> I used a Win 98 boot disk to format.
>> I noticed that only the 59 gig was formatted, the other 130 gig would not
>> show up as being available.
>> I have removed all partitions and reinstalled still getting only 59 gig.
>> At the moment I have a 59 gig partition on the computer. I tried to make
>> a
>> larger Logical drive but the computer says no space is available to do
>> so.
>> I have jacked with computer for years now, but I am no expert by any
> means.
>> The friends who know more than me say that the 98 Boot disk is not the
>> problem.
>> Looking for suggestions.
>> Thanks....gary
>>
>
>
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