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    Lost 30Gigs (XP Pro)

    Howdy, again...
    I installed XP Pro over the home edition and all of Dell's extraneous stuff. I formatted and partitioned the drive, however, I'm showing a total of 130gigs when I have a 160 gig HDD. Any ideas where the other 30 gigs are/went? And can I retrieve them? I thought I wiped the disk clean when I formatted it...
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    Re: Lost 30Gigs (XP Pro)

    You may have a hidden partition that Dell included for restore or other purposes. You can recover the space, certainly, but you will need a third-party tool to do it. Syamntec Ghost is one, and there are others that are cheaper and probably <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> to use.

    Keep in mind that you will NOT get the full 160GB since hard drive space is calculated differently by the computer than the manufacturer (1024x1000). You will end up about 6GB shy of 160.
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    Re: Lost 30Gigs (XP Pro)

    Keep in mind that if you are still in your warranty period and have to contact Dell, the technician may want you to restore the PC to its factory state using the hidden partition. If you are not able to do that Dell may give up and blame it all on you.

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    Re: Lost 30Gigs (XP Pro)

    That's okay. I don't need Dell anymore. I have the processing power and memory I want. I can take it from here... with a little help from you folks.
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    Re: Lost 30Gigs (XP Pro)

    Aside from the 2 responses already given, you might also want to ensure that your system has a 48-bit LBA-compatible BIOS. Without it, and a few other requirements, the max you will get is 137GB. Refer to this Microsoft article for additional information.

    Cheers, Bob
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