win xp partition

By mfm1200
Jan 16, 2004
  1. just partitioned and formatted my 60gb hdd into 2X30gb partitions.
    but when i check the /my computer /properties, all it shows is a "c" drive of 30gb.
    the partitions i created were primary dos (active) and extended dos.
    what is the norm when creating 2 partitions.
  2. Shiney

    Shiney TS Booster Posts: 157

    Did you not create the partitions using the xp startup program?

    Boot from your xp cd and check the partitions, also check what file system you want to use fat32 or ntfs.
    When you created the extended dos partition did you assign it a logical drive letter? it usually does it automatically but you never know :)
  3. mfm1200

    mfm1200 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    1- no i used a boot disk
    2- i used fat 32
    3- didn't assign a drive, though it was automatic.
  4. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge TS Rookie Posts: 119

    Why do you want to use FAT32 to partition your hard drive. Are you using XP or 98 OS?

    If it's XP definatley go with NTFS man!!!
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You need to create logical partitions inside the extended partition to make any use of it. Use the XP builtin Disk Management.
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    You don't need to do that. You can right click My Computer and choose manage, and then can use Disk Administrator whilst Windows is running.
  7. dr3K

    dr3K TS Rookie

    also make sure that the partition is active and not hidden
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