partitioning 500 gb hard drive


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wolverine

I assembled a new computer and I'm trying to install XP pro. It asks me if I
want to partition the sata hard drive, and I answer yes to one NTFS
partition. In other words, I want the entire 500 gb to be the partition.
After XP creates the partition, it ends up creating a 128 gb partition and a
21 gb partition. I then used the disk management tool to re-partition the
drive into one 500 gb partition which worked fine. But when I go to reinstall
XP, it won't accept the parttion and wants to re-partiton the hard drive
before installing. It then recreates the 128 gb partition. All components on
my system are new and updated including the bios. Any ideas on how I can
install XP pro on one 500 gb partition? Thanks for your help.

wolverine
 
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jeffareid

XP partition 128 gb

How old is your XP cd-rom? This issue was fixed with SP1.
If you have an old cd-rom, you could "slipstream" SP3 with XP and
make a new bootable cd-rom with SP3 on it.

Less likely is you have an old system where the BIOS doesn't support
"48 bit lba".
 
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Shenan Stanley

wolverine said:
I assembled a new computer and I'm trying to install XP pro. It
asks me if I want to partition the sata hard drive, and I answer
yes to one NTFS partition. In other words, I want the entire 500 gb
to be the partition. After XP creates the partition, it ends up
creating a 128 gb partition and a 21 gb partition. I then used the
disk management tool to re-partition the drive into one 500 gb
partition which worked fine. But when I go to reinstall XP, it
won't accept the parttion and wants to re-partiton the hard drive
before installing. It then recreates the 128 gb partition. All
components on my system are new and updated including the bios. Any
ideas on how I can install XP pro on one 500 gb partition? Thanks
for your help.

Ensure your Windows XP CD is SP1a or above.

If it is not, Google for "slipstream SP3 into Windows XP CD" and/or "nLite"
or "AutoStreamer".
 
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JS

You must have the original release of XP and the
CD does not include any Service Packs.

Create a "Slipstreamed" version of XP that incorporates SP3
AutoStreamer, it's easy to use and for the most part self explanatory.
After you create the CD then do a "Clean Install", see the last part
of my reply.

Auto Streamer Guide and Download Sites:
http://www.simplyguides.net/guides/using_autostreamer/using_autostreamer.shtml
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/1092632287/1

Where to download SP3
(This file will be used in created the slipstreamed CD)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...a8-5e76-401f-be08-1e1555d4f3d4&DisplayLang=en
 
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nesredep egrob

I assembled a new computer and I'm trying to install XP pro. It asks me if I
want to partition the sata hard drive, and I answer yes to one NTFS
partition. In other words, I want the entire 500 gb to be the partition.
After XP creates the partition, it ends up creating a 128 gb partition and a
21 gb partition. I then used the disk management tool to re-partition the
drive into one 500 gb partition which worked fine. But when I go to reinstall
XP, it won't accept the parttion and wants to re-partiton the hard drive
before installing. It then recreates the 128 gb partition. All components on
my system are new and updated including the bios. Any ideas on how I can
install XP pro on one 500 gb partition? Thanks for your help.

wolverine


you might try this - it generally does well

Start/run/regedit
(if unsure export registry for safety)
select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
navigate to system/services/atapi/parameters or
system/currentcontrolset/services/atapi/parameters
right click for new
Select Dword name it EnableBigLba (take note of case)
set value to 1
end regedit
reboot

B|rge in sunny Perth, Australia
 
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wolverine

Thanks for everyone's reply. I am using the original release XP with no SP
updates, so apparently that's my problem. I'll try the "slipstreamed" version
and do the clean install. You guys are good! Thanks.
 
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