250GB HD showing half full after clean XP install

By ukjester
Feb 8, 2007
  1. Hi folks,

    I recently bought a new Hitachi 250GB SATA hard drive and created one primary partition of full size using Partition Magic on a boot disk. I then installed windows xp on it (no service packs). Straight after install I noticed it showed as a 232GB drive (fair enough) but also said around 113GB of space had been used.

    I have now installed some more applications and the total file size of everything on the drive totals 24.1GB. My C drive shows 134GB used with 98.3GB free.

    I guess it's something to do with partitioning larger HD's but I'm new to all that so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    UK Jester
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    You need to download the latest BIOS and chipset from the manufacturer of the computer or the manufacturer of the motherboard.
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    you may need service pak 2 for that size drive
    do search here for sticky on XP large drive fix
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    You need SP2.
  5. ukjester

    ukjester TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It seems that after Partition manager had correctly formatted my hard drive to the full size, I foolishly let Windows installation re-format it which caused the problem. Thanks for the advice anyway :)
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    see the accessing large hard drives in the guides forum
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