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XP used up half my hard drive disk space

by jmfresq / February 26, 2006 11:47 PM PST

I just added a new 250 gig Maxtor Sata hard drive to my system and when I installed Win XP I noticed that it has used up 108 gig of space. I have never seen this happen before. I tried reformatting and reinstalling the OS several times and got the same result. I did not have this problem when I added the 200 gig Maxtor Sata drive, this is now my additional storage drive. I have a 3.06 cpu, with 1 gig of memory on an AB60N motherboard. I have never seen XP take up more than maybe 2 gig of space. Along with all the other drivers and programs I used to have it only used about 10 maybe 12 gig altogher. Is there something that I am missing? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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A new record!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2006 11:52 PM PST

You could use Explorer and see what directory is eating it up?

Then again, you did write XP. Without SP1 that partition would be all of 127GB, then XP eats 10 to 12GB (high end) so that could mean you looked at your remaining space and thought it ate about the remaining amount.

No fix is planned. You'll need a newer XP CD or make one with Autostreamer.


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Are you certain that it is not
by Ray Harinec / February 26, 2006 11:54 PM PST

actually installing on the original drive, and that's what drive size you are seeing??

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XP used up half my disk space on my hard drive
by jmfresq / February 27, 2006 2:50 AM PST

I unplugged all other drives that were attached, so that the only one being seen by either BIOS or Windows would be the 250 gig drive. After installing Windows I went to My Computer and clicked properties on the drive to see the space used and it showed that 108 gig was used with only XP installed.

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Absolutely proper. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2006 2:55 AM PST

XP (no SP1/SP2) will create at maximum an 127GB (I won't quibble what a GB is) partition and you'll think that XP ate the space. notes this as well as other reasons.

No fix is planned, but you could create more partitions are you install SP2 or use AUTOSTREAMER to make a proper XP CD w/SP2.


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