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Problems partitioning SATA HDD with Windows XP Pro

By kenshin512
Dec 22, 2007
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  1. Hi. I have recently built a new computer. After I installed Windows XP pro, i found that I only could see about 100 gigs of my 500 gig hdd. I was hoping if there was anyway to access the remaining space. My computer stats are listed below. Thanks.

    -Windows XP Pro
    -ASUS P5E3 Deluxe
    -Intel Core 2 Quad Processor
    -EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB
    -Maxtor SATA II/300 Internal HDD 500GB x2
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,712

  3. kenshin512

    kenshin512 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, but I've already tried that solution. Does anyone know how to access the partition settings for XP? In the bios, i see both drives and its full capacity, so I'm thinking its a XP problem.
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,712

    The BIOS sees an 'naked' drive and knows not about any format or partition. So did you select full capacity when you installed XP?
    Check in Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management to see if you primary HDD 0 is formatted to full capacity. You need someething like Partition Magic to change the partitions on the fly or you could create a second partition on the same drive.
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    check for a limit jumper on drive
    check is OS xp without service pk 1 or 2
    after install can you see unformatted space in disk manager
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