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Hard drive loss of storage

By Placeboiscool
Dec 9, 2005
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  1. I recently purchased a deskstar hard drive 250 gigs, and i installed windows xp, after trying to reboot i ran into an error message, i talked to some people and they told me to just delete the old partition and reinstal windows. As soon as i deleted the old partition it now only reads my hard drive as being 33 gigs big. my bios says this, my hard disk manager says this and windows setup says this. I dont want to instal windows again until i get this figured out, how do i get the rest of my hard drive back?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,410   +315

    any HD above 137gb needs extra config support.
    You would be much happier to PARTITION the 250 into (2) 125gb partitons.
    1) avoids BIOS updates
    2) allow you to use C:\ and D:\ to separate the 'system' from your 'user data'
  3. Placeboiscool

    Placeboiscool TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thats is what i will try but still at the moment my hard drive is saying its only 33 gigs large when before this whole fiasco it was reading 250 gigs large.
  4. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,598

    Reset your BIOS, some mobo have a momentary push-button switch near the CMOS battery, others required you to move a jumper and sometimes you just remove the CMOS battery for a few minutes. Check your mobo manual for details.

    Then boot from the Windows CD and format your harddrive again, then partition etc.
  5. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 700

    Do you have SP2 installed ? ?

    patio. :cool:
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