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Q: There was an update to Windows XP sp1 that would have it recognize drives larger than 127~137 Gb, why was this update not incorporated into later service packs? This thread is locked from future replies

1) There was an update to Windows XP sp1 that would have it recognize drives larger than 127~137 Gb, why was this update not incorporated into later service packs?

2) Where can I find it so that I can then reinstall windows XP, update to sp1, install the patch to see the full drive than sp2 and 3 can be installed?


original title: XP oversight

 

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Perhaps the drive was formatted as part of your initial installation of Windows XP with a pre-SP1 version of Windows.  At that point, it could only format the drive as 137GB.  After you upgrade to a post-SP1 version of Windows, look at your hard drive with the disk manager (Start -> Run -> "diskmgmt.msc").  It may show the remainder of your unused disk space that you might then be able to allocate into a second partition. 

If you want to keep one large partition, you will need to look for a 3rd party tool that can extend your current 137GB partition to use more of the available space.  Google for it, there are a lot of them out there including free ones.

HTH,
  JW

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