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That old Xp 32Gb problem

by amatheum / May 25, 2005 2:42 AM PDT

Hi everyone,

My issue which I'm hoping is a simple one is this: I recently bought a 200GB HD to replace my old 30GB one that was dead. Removed the old one and installed the new one, then went to run Windows Xp Pro install. when it went looking for a partition to install the OS on it could only find 32GB of unpartitioned space. I fired on and created a 32GB C: partition, assuming that once I'd installed service pack 2 and run the **** manager I could recover the lost space...this turned out to be not the case, even disc manager will only find 32GB on my 200GB disc....what am I doing wrong?

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All you ever need to know..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2005 2:52 AM PDT

Is at

The 32GB limit is usually self-inflicted by those who select a FAT32 install partition. Unless you feel like paying up for PARTITION MAGIC (and even then thou shalt not exceed 127GB with XP!) you should read the above site and consider what road to take.

My road was to use AUTOSTREAMER to make a spiffy new XP SP2 CD which supports such a drive.


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by amatheum / May 25, 2005 3:00 AM PDT

Thanks I'll try AUTOSTREAMER, and no, its formatted in NTFS

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The 32GB limit is caused by...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2005 3:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Cheers

It's a known issue caused by items at the site I noted. The site also has HDINFO which can spot if the BIOS caused this.

Just FYI, two things. I always reread my posts to avoid the humorous typos. And the 32GB can be simply you didn't delete all partitions before starting.

Armed with that 48bitlba site and AUTOSTREAMER I bet you'll nail it.


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