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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?

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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