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    Cry for help: Harddrives smaller than before

    Did a fresh reinstall of windows last night, my setup was as follows:

    C: 160gb HD with Windows xp on it
    D: 350gb No OS on it, just files

    Entered windows cd as ususal, noticed both C and D both appeared as 137....mb of space. Formated C and installed windows on it.

    Now C: is 127 GB in size and D: 'needs to be formatted', with the maximum capicity showing as only 127gb in size.

    What can I do?

    Any suggestions, including those that point out my foolishness, would be much appreciated

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    install service pack 2

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    what he said
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    You do realize that when I say things like that I don't mean it literally or what can be backed by stats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utdmleach
    Any suggestions, including those that point out my foolishness, would be much appreciated
    What they said, but i'll point out that you should be installing SP2 plus all the updates regardless of this problem

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    Cheers, installed service pack 1a, sorted it out

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    Muhahaha! You seriously need to create a slipstreamed SP2 install disc if you only have a pre-SP1 article.

    I really recommend getting nlite and creating an up-to-date Windows install disk with all the current patches. I make a new install disc every 6 months just in case, and it's saved me a lot of time.

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    you can slipstream your drivers in here too, so u dont need to faf about with audio and usb drivers etc etc. Even graphics drivers

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    how does one go about slipstreaming current updates? I have slipstreamed xp with a sp2 disk before but how can i get the current updates on as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmuddy11
    how does one go about slipstreaming current updates? I have slipstreamed xp with a sp2 disk before but how can i get the current updates on as well?
    Use nlite. Just copy the disc contents to a directory as you did when slipstreaming sp2, then start nlite and point it to that dir. One of nlite's options is to integrate hotfixes, click that and then add in the hotfixes you want. The vast majority of hotfixes can be slipstreamed.

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    You can use nlite to do everything for you...no extraction and manual slipstreaming of files necessary with it.

    And to be a bit of help with the updates here too, visit http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/

    He releases frequent packs which include all post-sp2 updates, which is incredibly useful when used in conjunction with nlite.
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    I also have the same problem - trying to add on a Seagate 320GB HDD. The difference is I have XP Home SP2 edition. The registry is enabled to allow large drives. I have tried Disk Manager & Partition Magic which shows the full size of the HDD but greys out the area above 137GB. The download tool from the Seagate site confirms the size as 320GB but still doesn't have any other affect.

    My other drive is 250GB & this is recognised perfectly well

    Any suggestions please - I'm desparate !

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    Will it not allow you to format the other partition (greyed out one) in disk management.
    Last edited by Blood; 03-05-2007 at 10:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taxboy View Post
    I also have the same problem - trying to add on a Seagate 320GB HDD. The difference is I have XP Home SP2 edition. The registry is enabled to allow large drives. I have tried Disk Manager & Partition Magic which shows the full size of the HDD but greys out the area above 137GB. The download tool from the Seagate site confirms the size as 320GB but still doesn't have any other affect.

    My other drive is 250GB & this is recognised perfectly well

    Any suggestions please - I'm desparate !
    you need to resize the partition to make it take up the unused space, the last program i used to do that was gparted, which comes on the ubuntu cd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blood View Post
    Will it not allow you to format the other partition (greyed out one) in disk management.
    I'm afraid not as having looked again in Disk manager the grey area isn't actually greyed out. Its only seeing the 137 GB

    Apologies for the earlier mispost

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