OK, so I have a laptop with a (supposedly) 500 gigabyte hard drive. My OS (C:) drive is 195 gb, and almost full. I'm wondering if there's a way to use my Data (D:) drive, which is 245 gb and almost completely empty, for normal storage, like pictures, music, and movies. And what is it used for now? Why make that much memory, just to be empty?
Answer by jessica · Sep 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM
You could 3rd party freeware directly add some of the free space to C drive without deleting D drive. I used to use AOMEI Partition Assistant which was spoken highly of by PCworld, you can see this review: http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,222251-order,4/description.html
Answer by Mattophobia · Sep 07, 2012 at 02:22 PM
The D drive is there to store your data: Movies, Music, Pictures. That's the point of it. If it's empty it's not used for anything and is designed to be filled. You should move all your media over to your D drive!
Answer by IamTechCrazy · Sep 07, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I believe your hard drive is partitioned into two drives. If you wanted one partition with more space then you would have to re install windows and use the partition utility offered when booting off the installation dvd. You would just delete the partitions, format, then install. You will then have a C drive of about 465GB.
That's what I would do but I'm sure there are utilities out there to change partition sizes without re installing but I don't have any experience using those. I have separate hard drives so I never saw the need to partition one drive into several but I guess that's how computers come sometimes.
Answer by roguekiller23231 · Sep 08, 2012 at 12:33 AM
They put the other drive there for that reason, or for backups should you do a factory restore your data on that drive would be safe.
Just cut and paste over your files you want to remove from the C Drive onto the D drive. I always create folders to make things more organized.
You can also install your programs onto the D drive, when your installing do a custom install (if there is an option) when you click next, usually on the 2nd or 3rd window you get the option to select an install location, just change the 1st letter to a D and it will install onto the D drive the same way it does on the C.
For programs that are already installed you will have to uninstall and then reinstall them on the D drive if you want them to be moved over.
Answer by gnomie1 · Sep 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Copy your files to a folder on a USB stick drive. Open the drive on the PC, right click, then on the send to- option, you should be able to copy your files to the D: drive. I believe that if you have data on your PC you should try to preserve it rather than re-format and re-install. If your laptop doesn't have issues don't change it.