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[*] Post 319828 posted on 8-2-2008 at 19:51 Reply With Quote
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i had to fdisk my drive and remove an old partition. i then had to create a new partition to format drive c:...

my pc used to run windows xp till it crashed and i got loads of errors...i want to reinstall xp...i reinstalled me and then want to use my home upgrade but my drive size has now gone from 250gb down to 2...what do i do??

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[*] Post 319861 posted on 8-2-2008 at 21:31 Reply With Quote

Try booting with the XP disc, and delete the partitions and then re-create them, during the XP setup process. (During the Blue DOS screens, when it asks what drive you want to use for XP...)

I suspect, that your drive might have been formatted under NTFS previously, and when you used Fdisk, it didn't see the NTFS partitions, and has now shrunk your drive... (Just a thought... I could be wrong)

Alternatively, try using DELPART to delete the partitions, and then use the Windows CD to format them, and see what happens...

I'm assuming the XP Upgrade disc is bootable...?

Or, you could download the M$ XP startup disks, from M$ HERE by following the appropriate link...
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[*] Post 319901 posted on 9-2-2008 at 11:24 Reply With Quote

Fdisk does have issues with large disks. As Daz has said, boot from the XP disk, IIRC, with an upgrade version, it will ask for your old OS disk if needed during the setup. Have a read here: http://www.karlsforums.com/forums/viewthread.php?tid=26905
this will give you a good rundown of reloading your OS, just skip the bits that don't apply.
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