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Old 11-21-2010, 10:26 AM   #1
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I previously tried to re-install Win XP and deleted my partition by mistake to
1.1GB. Windows would not boot so I did this. Recently I formated my hard drive by using Windows XP CD and was not able to change the format to accomodate 120G. How can I format to 120GB? Windows will not let me.
What if I did it from DOS or is their another way. My computer is currently working and booting to windows desk top, but I cannot install anything.
Can someone help. This Gaming Computer was purchase about 8 years ago
at Compu USA. It has 1024 memory, 120 GB hard drive, Intel Pentium 4, Cpu
3GHZ. Samsung HD 120 -SP1203N. Just need help to reformat partition
to 120GB.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:30 AM   #2
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Saw this post for a fix. Will this work or would I destroy my hardrive.
It just needs to be reformated to 120GB

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The newest version of Test-Disk, 6.11 is available here http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download
Download the Windows version of TestDisk.
Unzip the downloaded file to your C: drive.

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Old 11-22-2010, 07:01 AM   #3
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You can use Tesdisk or with a linux liveCD you can use Gparted (with GUI) or parted (CLI). It should be done without difficulty. If windows don't want to format your disk, it's probabely because your MBR is corrupted.
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What service pack is on the XP install disk? Also make sure you format the drive using NTFS not FAT32. FAT32 is limited to 32 GB under Windows
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:27 AM   #5
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What's the type of your current partition? FAT or NTFS?

FAT has partition limitation but you can change it to ntfs.

If you meant to restore the partition that you deleted before, you may use some tool.
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When I formated the hard drive, I selected NTFS.
It only did 1.1GB instead of the 120GB on the drive.
Do you have some tools I can use. I can access the internet
and upload, would I need to save this tool to a cd or floppy?
I have a desktop working that can do both.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:30 AM   #7
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Please post a screen shot from Disk management.
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To Raptor_pa
Do not want to sound dumb.
What disk management?
Do so with system management.
Their is really nothing their on the desktop
but the begining of a new install, with service pack 1.
I did not install graphics or sound card because of the limited
partition
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:19 AM   #9
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Hi Takumba06,

I answer there to you PM so everyone may have a benefit from it.

Testdisk is more often used to recover lost partitions.
It seems you are searching how to format this disk. A better solution could be to dowload and burn an ubuntu liveCD and run your computer with it.

Then, with Gparted (in system > administration menu), you should be able to identify your disk. It may be called something like /dev/sda or /dev/sdb. Be carrefull to this letter for the next step.

Then in a command line you may use "sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX" replacing "X" with the previous letter. It may take a long time, it will write all your drive with zero on each byte.

I repeat, be really carrefull with the choice of the good letter for your drive… If my english is not clear enough for beeing understood, wait for tech advice from this forum for "translation".

After this step, you will see how many sectors have been writtern on the disk. So you may know if you have an hardware issue that don't allow to format more than 1GB…

Last, but not least, you'll go again in Gparted and format your disk. Begin with "create new partition table > msdos", then create your filesystem in NTFS.

It should be enough for windows to recognize your disk, then…
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Boot again from the XP CD, when you get to the HDD selection screen, highlight your HDD, delete ALL of the partitions (if there is more than one), create a new partition using all of the disk space, and then format.
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I will wait for addition comments. Also note that Windows home addition XP
was installed and will boot to windows desktop. That is why I wanted to
know if I could repair the partition while window is running with the Test-Disk.
Then I can re-install Windows xp back on with the correct 120GB.
Let me know or if someone else call respond.
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Please post the screenshot of Disk Management as noted above.

Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Computer Management / Storage / Disk Management

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