Disk Formatting

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Hi, I recently configured a system with XP professional, that has a hard drive of 200 GB capacity. While I installed the OS, I created a disk partition of 80 GB and 110 GB from availble space. I installed the OS on 80 GB capacity partition, but when OS is installed I can't see the other 110 GB partition? How can I access that partition/foramt it? Thanking You and Best Regards

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  • Enreynolds
    Right click "My Computer", select "Manage". Expand "Storage", if not already expanded, and select "Disk Management". Here you should find your unformated missing partition. Format it, assign a drive letter or mount it in an empty folder, and you should be set. Eric
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  • Bit4man
    When you say "see" the drive, I'm assuming you mean from "my computer" ?? If so, unformatted partitions will not show up there. At least not always. New disks are done in the disk administrator - which you find under your computer management, and "disk management". Use it to create, update, delete partitions, and to format them. When you've done both, the disk will appear in "my computer" (sometimes a reboot is necessary). Make sure you have assigned drive letter - it's on by default, but easy to uncheck.
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  • Djlsky
    If you used the XP install option to format the drive then you need to follow enreynolds process. XP install only formats (builds a file system) on the first drive (C:) but partitions (splits) the hard drive into two partitions. The second partion is NOT formatted which is why you can't "see" it. Its easy to do with the disk managment app. You can also use Fdisk but why fight it use the GUI it works great. Depending on the use of the machine you may want to shrink the C: drive down to 6-10gig and make the rest of the drive your data area(s). Having a smaller C: drive improves startup and maintenance (defrag, sys bu etc.)performance. I always ghost my drive after installing the OS and core apps w/o data. This makes recovery a snap and simplifies data backup by not having to bu the OS. djl
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  • Vonsim
    At the Desktop: Select:- Control Panel Administrative Tools Computer Management Disk Management Highlight the unformatted disk Right click on it Then select format option
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  • Inamhaque
    Thank you guys, Its done, I did it through disk management. Its all ok, Thank you once again, appriciate your time and efforts.
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