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Hard drive Problem

By teker9000
Jan 10, 2010
  1. I got a new Western Digital 320 Gb hard drive for my desktop machine that is running XP. It is an IDE hard drive and when I installed XP on it, it didn't register at first as a slave. The BIOS recognized it and it was in the device manager, but I couldn't access it. I made it the primary hard drive and installed XP on it. It made me partition it, so I did. The max partition amount it would let me do is around 130 gb but the drive is 320. How do I get the full amount? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    You have one harddrive with XP loaded on it- no dual boot or other harddrives in the system- is this correct?

    Assuming this is correct and you want to resize the partition to include the whole harddrive then you are best to download a program such as:
    http://majorgeeks.com/EASEUS_Partition_Master_Home_Edition_d5967.html
    An easy program to use.
    I personally prefer to use GParted here
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/gparted/files/gparted-live-stable/
    It allows you to work on the partition using a linux program that isn't in the partition you are trying to resize. It is more complicated. The manual is here.
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/docs/help-manual/C/gparted_manual.html
    The FAQ and disclaimer are here
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

    REMEMBER TO BACK UP ALL YOUR DATA. Resizing partitions is not risk free.
     
  3. teker9000

    teker9000 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Correct, just that hard drive with XP on it.
     
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