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Yup, with the help of ipequey, kaanah and Kio, I was finally able to get a computer that will fit my needs without getting too much, and without getting fleeced too badly on price.

It's a nice system and all, and I am slowly but surely transferring everything from my old PC to this one, but there is one issue I can't seem to resolve. All the paperwork I got with the system tells me I have a 320GB hard drive, but when I check the drive properties, it says I only have 50GB capacity on it.

Is there something simple I need to do that I am missing?

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Besides the possibility of not having the 320GB drive, it could be that only a portion of the drive was formatted, or that Windows is misreporting the size of the drive. I think it was the original Windows XP (pre SP-2) that would only pick up part of the drive upon initial setup, so it's possible that whoever originally installed the OS just kept hitting "Yes" on all the install prompts and didn't notice that Windows setup didn't pick up the correct drive size. I had that happen to me on one install, and I ended up just making a second partition out of the rest of it.

Then I am kinda screwed. This is a factory build, and I have no idea how to make a second partition, or to be honest, how to even check if the HD is 320GB or not.

When you click on My Computer, are there other hard drives besides the C: drive listed and do the sum of their sizes equal 320GB? Most PC companies partition the drive so that there's a Windows partition (C:) and one or more "everything else" partitions.

No. There is only the C drive, an only 50GB indicated on it.

Go to Control Panel---> Click on Administrative Tools----->Click on Computer Management, then Click on "Storage" and then on "Disk Management (Local)".

The display should give you a list of all the physical drives, logical drives, and partitions that you have. You should see "Disk 0", and then a bar graph display of what it has for logical drives or unformatted space.

If it's a fairly new system, it's unlikely that they could have even found a drive that small to put in there. My guess is that the rest of the drive is not formatted. It's not a big deal to make a second partition and logical drive, but it's definitely a job for a computer geek. If you did it wrong, you could wipe out everything on the drive.

Here's the story: about 250GB was just sitting off to the side, unformatted. A PC geek I was able to get a hold of online is helping me format it (as a separate partitioned drive) right now...so crisis averted, I think.

Yeah..whoever set it up probably didn't notice that Windows didn't detect the whole drive, so when they did the automated setup, the rest of the drive didn't get formatted. I don't know why it does this..just a bug, I'm sure. The same thing happened to me when I set up this machine.

Once the PC geek does their job, you'll just end up with another 250GB partition..no big deal, and in some ways, better, because you can put all your data in one place and leave all your system files on the C partition.

*chuckles* As the aforementioned PC geek: It looks like a drive image that was originally created for a smaller drive, and the maker simply never rebuilt it for the larger one. Whatever drive-imaging tool they use created the necessary partition size and left the rest completely unallocated. Not even merely unformatted, but unallocated. Rather a poor QA bit on their part, but oh well. Problem sorted.

Not very good quality control at all. Easily fixed, at least.

All your help has been greatly appreciated, guys! Just when I think I know a little something about computers, along comes a computer to prove otherwise.

Woot! Sounds like a pretty sweet rig. Ip said it has a really nice monitor, and that's worthwhile...you'll probably keep the monitor longer than the PC it came with. :)

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