New build XP install question

Hulk

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I finally got all the parts for my new Core 2 Duo build and fired it up. Everything seems to be okay. I didn't know exactly what to do to load windows since I've never formatted a disk drive without a floppy.

Anyway I put in my XP setup disk and after checking the system setup wanted to partition my unpartitioned space on this drive, which it said was something around 131GB. I knew there was a problem since I have a 320GB Seagate drive in there. I went ahead anyway and installed windows.

Now when I'm in windows the root drive is labeled as "H:" and the rest of the disk space isn't there. I have a feeling I needed to format this disk drive properly before loading windows.

I want to start over and get this right. Where should I start?

Thanks for any help.
 

mechBgon

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Unplug all hard drives except for your boot drive. Also unplug any USB drives, including memory-card readers and thumb drives.

Now start Windows Setup from CD. When it displays the partitions on the disk, delete them all, then hit the F3 key twice to exit from Windows Setup this first time.

Now start Windows Setup a second time and make a partition. It should get drive letter C: this time.

Oh, and if you want to get all the disk space in one partition, slipstream Service Pack 2 into your WinXP disc's files and make a new disc. Install from that.
 

Hulk

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Okay thanks. I'll give it a try.

Thanks for taking the time to help me out.
 

Hulk

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I decided to slipstream SP2 into my install and it worked perfectly!

Thanks again.