Removing Vista and installing XP results in hard Disk space missing

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Buchead, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Buchead

    Buchead MDL Novice

    Sep 11, 2008
    Hi All

    I bought a new Compag PC this weekend, (3gb RAM - 500G Hard Drive, AMD dual core processsor) and I didnt like vista and heard bad things about it so I wanted to convert to old faithful, XP.

    I went thru the install process with XP disk and reformatted the hard drive but only 127 G of the new 500 G hard drive is visible and I cant find the other 373 G anywhere.

    Now I have a New PC running XP with no communcation due to driver issues I assume, but more importantly where is the Hard Drive space?

    Any input is appreciated.

  2. crn5008

    crn5008 MDL Novice

    Jul 9, 2008
    Without SP1 and SP2, XP can only handle a partition up to about that size, it cant handle the full 500GB. You can try to use disk partitioning software to expand the size, or to create multiple partitions (i.e. it will seem that your computer will have several hard drives) but be careful not to delete the partition your OS is on. You may not be able to increase your primary partition to 500GB under XP like you can with Vista, I have never tried using a single partition of that size under XP. As I mentioned above, you may have to create multiple partitions.