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Old 06-05-2008, 12:22 AM   #1
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Hi, I've had this 500GB Samsung HDD and I'm having a major problem. I had it set up in 3 partitions. One partition was for Vista, the other for XP and the 3rd for storage.

Vista was working fine but I wanted to have XP installed on another partition. But, when I got to the place where you select where to install XP there is only 1 drive available and no partitions. Says its unpartitioned, atapi MBR, and the size being 131070MB... It deleted my entire Vista setup and files so had to recover everything which took a lonng time....

I had to go through a lengthy process to recover the data but I eventually put it on another HDD temporarly...

Oh, incase it's important, it's the only hard drive in the computer (along with the DVD drive) and I paritioned the drive using Gparted LiveCD using he NTFS format.

Done it 3 times, and every time it's the same. Format into the 3 partitions, works sucessfully, go to install windows XP home and they've disappeared...

PLEASE someone help me out, I really need help
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Hi, I've had this 500GB Samsung HDD and I'm having a major problem. I had it set up in 3 partitions. One partition was for Vista, the other for XP and the 3rd for storage.

Vista was working fine but I wanted to have XP installed on another partition. But, when I got to the place where you select where to install XP there is only 1 drive available and no partitions. Says its unpartitioned, atapi MBR, and the size being 131070MB... It deleted my entire Vista setup and files so had to recover everything which took a lonng time....

I had to go through a lengthy process to recover the data but I eventually put it on another HDD temporarly...

Oh, incase it's important, it's the only hard drive in the computer (along with the DVD drive) and I paritioned the drive using Gparted LiveCD using he NTFS format.

Done it 3 times, and every time it's the same. Format into the 3 partitions, works sucessfully, go to install windows XP home and they've disappeared...

PLEASE someone help me out, I really need help
Install XP before installing Vista and use the XP partition install to resize the XP partition before you continue with the install. Once XP is installed you can create partitions on the unused space.
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:21 AM   #3
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No that didn't work, but thanks. I think it has something to do with windows not recogising the hdd because it's too large. Like, usually I'd have XP installed on my old 60GB IDE but I got the new HDD so I culd dual boot. Don't I need SP2 to recognise any HDD bigger than like 100GB?
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