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C: Drive to small to install Windows XP

By Huddee102 ·
I recently tried to install Windows XP on my hard drive. Unfortunately I have a very small C: drive 7.8 MB. I think it was supposed to remain hidden as it only has autoexec, config.sys, pollog and pollst in it? Was it supposed to remain hidden? or can I enlarge the partition?

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by Mark In reply to C: Drive to small to inst ...

You can adjust partition sizes using Partition Magic by PowerQuest. You should also beware that an old PC may be using a drive overlay to access a hard disk bigger than the BIOS will support.

You should look at other issues of the PC too. I usually suggest minimum specs of 256MB RAM, 10G free HD space, and 600MHz for clients looking to upgrade to XP.

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by valis In reply to C: Drive to small to inst ...

install winxp to a different hard drive

but make sure your computer is up to snuff and strong enough before even attempting this

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by w2ktechman In reply to C: Drive to small to inst ...

the small partition might be for the manufacturers hardware troubleshooting utilities. If so then it does not actually show up in windows as a drive at all, but it can be gotten to from the bios. This partition should stay intact and not messed with, although thit should cause no system problems if it is removed.

Is there another partition to select for the install, or at least a lot of free space? If so it would be suggested to install to it instead.

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by steven In reply to C: Drive to small to inst ...

You need to leave more information. The size of your actual hard drive would be very helpful.

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by wlbowers In reply to C: Drive to small to inst ...

Are you sure you don't have a compressed hard drive. Make sure of this before you change anything.


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