New XP home install takes 107 gig of my 250gig hard drive

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Hello my first post on this site, after a couple of years not building any pc's i decided to upgrade to an Athlon 64, anyways the hard drive i recieved ( i bought online ) was already formatted ( is that how they come now ?) and when i installed win xp home, i checked the size of it on the disc and found it was taking up 107 gig of my 250 gig hard drive i know windows is big but thats ridiculous, has anyone any ideas ? i'm doing my nut here :hotbounce i've reformatted and reinstalled twice.
 

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check to see that you are not just reformatting a pre existing partition because it will still only format in that peramiter. Delete all partitions and make 1 partition that takes up the whole disk.

But u say that windows xp is taking up over 100 gigs of space. be sure your copy of windows is legal.
 
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Hi wotrop, thx for the quick reply, yeah it only has the one partition of i think about 230 something gig and my xp is a legal copy, would u reckon its a hardware rather than software prob, i want to take the hard drive to the state its in before it was formatted, years ago i made a 98se install cd ( rather than floppy ) is it fdisc you use to do that i've forgot ? or does anyone have any other ideas ?
 
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