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Expand Partition of Hard Drive

I have a IBM ThinkPad 380Z that I made into a desktop with a new 40.0GB Hard Drive. I tryed to install Windows XP but I don't think NTFS works with it, a Error comes up after I install XP saying " a disk error occurred. press ctrl alt del to restart". Windows XP when installing doesn't give me the option of FAT32 So I had to install Windows 95 Partition floppy and Installed Windows ME on it, and out of the 40.0GB Hard Drive it Partitioned it 1.99GB.

I need to find a way to expand my Partition to the full 40.0GB to Install Windows XP onto it. I don't mind it being FAT32, But it is a waste having a 40GB HDD and only using 1.99GB of it.

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    Patrick Bridge Jan 01, 2009

    Also I had Windows XP Home on the 380Z and replaced the 3GB with the 40GB HDD.

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My advice is start fresh with a new hard drive, install XP on it, then use partitioning software while running XP to create an NTFS partition on the remaining space of your old hard drive if you must keep your FAT32 partition.

An alternate method would be go to the manufacturer of your hard drive and download their partitioning software. Often it will run from a floppy or boot cd and you can partition as you like using it. Keep in mind, repartitioning a drive, especially an older one, has a bad habit of making the old existing data unreadable if you're not experienced so make sure you have a back up.

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