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Old 03-23-2009, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm having trouble removing an XP partition from my hard drive. XP installed fine, then during an NT update installation Wndows stopped working. It would load up Windows then tell me that NT was shutting down my pc and re-booting (which it did after about 30 seconds). This repeated every time it restarted. I then booted up using my old hard drive with the same version of XP installed with the new drive as a slave. When I checked the new drive it had gone from a 160gb drive to 34gb drive, the reading was the same in the bios. However, after formatting the drive the bios gave the size as 160gb, but Windows was reading it as 149gb. I have tried to re-install XP on the new drive but it tells me that this is not possible as I already have windows installed on a partition on the drive already. I don't know how to remove the partition as formatting the drive has no effect on it. Hopefully I've just not done something simlple that I was unaware of. Can some please help with this very annoying problem?

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Old 03-23-2009, 12:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Can't remove XP Pro partition

In XP's installation thing, you just go into the partition manager and delete the partition. Then make a new partition, and install into that.
Nothing is more permanent than a temporary fix that works.

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