[QUOTE=eviltoast499;2156052]Im running XP with service pack 3
Heres a screen capture of what disk management shows:
So theres 170 GB of unallocated space. How do I go about unlocking this space in the safest way possible, and does the system treat it as a second partition or just add it on to the existing one?[/QUOTE]
My advice would’ve been to slipstream SP3 onto XP making it XP SP3. And use the newly made cd to reformat your HDD so that it will recognize the full 320G HDD formatted to NTFS format. That what I would do. Granted you have to backup all your data files but in the end you will just only reinstall the softwares that you installed in the previous XP before going SP3. This will eliminate any future problems that would arise cause of the Service pack update. To allocated that 170G space you now found would be to use the XP SP3 cd and boot from it and tell it to allocate that 170G space for use. This is something you first must do if your going to go this way so that you can then use Windows to format the drive and get back the remaining space that wasn’t previously available to you before.