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I am trying to reinstall vista on a dell inspiration 530. All is well but I am missing about 619 gb or hard drive. I have a 750 gb hard drive and even on installation, which goes well, i only see a partition of 131gb. Now how do i reclaim this missing capacity. Am i doing something wrong when installing or do i re-partition after rhe installtion is complete?

Since I only have a reinstall cd I am scared to really do anything that will erase the partition i am reinstalling to. I never get a choice or reformating anything. I do get a choice to install on this 619 gb partition but then i would have the same problem.

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I don't understand. In the first paragraph you mention a 131 GB (I assume you mean Giga Bytes, not Giga bits) partition and in the 2nd paragraph a 619 GB partition. That adds to 750 GB. So how is space missing?
 

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if you are installing the "Original" release of Vista , it did NOT support super large partitions.
Once you install SP1 then, you will have the support and all of your drive should be visible.
 

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As I said the hd has 750GB. However once I get Vista installed that partition only consumes 131 gb's. The other 750GB are unseen/unknown/can not be found! If I go back to the install process I get to a screen that says: Disk 0 Partition 1, 128GB and then a second choice of Disk 0 Unallocated Space, 570.6 GB! Now I am unsure of what to do? I think I can change the partition size on the the first partition and then format the partition that is left?

Right?
 

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I think that you can expand the size of your current partition by using some or all the unallocated space. And/or you can create one or more partitions in the unallocated space.

But take note of what DaveA said. I know nothing about that, but it may explain your and my confusion about this.
 

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Thanks!!

I guess I look for software that is IO "Intuitively Obvious". Even after I did the extend of the first partition I thought it was only going to take it up to 200GB. It said extend 69GB! But it extended it all the way to 750GB!

So now I have what I want and need!

Thanks for your help!
 
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