250GB HD showing half full after clean XP install

By ukjester
Feb 8, 2007
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  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.

    Thanks.
    UK Jester
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    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: 2,582

    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: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    You need SP2.
  5. ukjester

    ukjester Newcomer, in training 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: 10,067   +13

    see the accessing large hard drives in the guides forum
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