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as follow-up to my previous question, I want to buy a new HD, but I know there is a 137GB boundary without SP1. of course, when you first install XP, you don't have SP1 installed. Will this be a problem? or can I go and buy this drive, install XP on it, and regain the rest of the space by installing SP1?  Or should I be safe and buy a smaller drive?
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I have a 160 gb hard drive installed on my XP pro sp1.  It's all one big partition.

I would create a small ntfs partition (10 gig should do).  Then I would install XP in that partition.

Then once you get sp1 or sp2 installed on the box you could use ranish partition manager (http://www.ranish.com/part/) to resize the partition to it's full capacity.  I would do the resizing right after the sp install just so that you don't spend too much time with it if it's just going to muck things up.

Once you have your serivce pack installed and partition resized, I think you'll be golden.

Jared
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Here is another:
http://zeleps.com/ (this one with not RESIZE an ntfs, so when you install windows, make it a small fat32 partition.  Then you can use this utility to resize the partition to the full size.  Then you could use the convert utility (ships with windows) to convert to NTFS if you so desire).

Of course, if you could get a hold of partition magic, then you wouldn't have to worry about all that.

Jared
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excellent thanks!
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