Unallocated space on hard drive with new computer & Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Barb, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. Barb

    Barb Guest

    We just set up our new computer with Vista. Our hard drive has 400 gb of
    storage . 50 gb were already allocated for C drive and 6.4 gb for D
    drive:recovery. The rest of the space is unallocated. Everything I have read
    so far states that I need to format this space. When I do that will I mess
    things up with the C & D drives? Also is this space that I will be
    formatting where I should install my everyday programs, such as Office,
    Norton, etc?
    Barb, Mar 7, 2007
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  2. Barb

    Don Guest

    No. But before you can format that unallocated space you need to
    create a 'partition' in that space (i.e. another drive which Windows
    will probably call E: or F:). Once you have created the new partition
    you can then format it, and then the new drive will show up in Explorer
    so you can actually use it.

    Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage >
    Disk Management. If you made it that far you should see chart of space
    on your disk with the unallocated space clearly labeled. Right-click
    on that space and then pick 'New Simple Volume'. The rest is easy ;o)
    You can if you wish, but you left more than enough room on C: to use
    the normal default location C:\Program_Files for installing programs.

    The typical use for all the extra space is to store audio/video files
    and other such space hogs rather than programs. Or, if you're a true
    geek, you can use that space to install ten other operating systems
    and have *no* room left over for mere data.
    Don, Mar 7, 2007
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  3. Yep, you need to make a new partition and format it to use the
    unallocated space.

    The only caution is be SURE you don't format C or D by mistake or
    you'll lose whatever is already there.

    You can install applications wherever you like. By default Windows
    likes to put them on C under Program Files. If you go to Windows
    Explorer and look you'll probably see quite a few programs there

    If you leave Windows to its own devices it will try to put EVERYTHING
    you create in the form of data or download images, etc., on the C
    drive. Which obviously makes little sense if you have plenty of unused
    room elsewhere.

    As you start to use your computer and SAVE you data most every program
    will ASK where you want to save it. Many programs will on their own
    safe your data files in a folder they create under program files. Yes,
    I know, kind of silly.

    Depending on the program it may or may not let you save data to
    folders not already created. So if you plan on organizing your
    computer as YOU like it, what you need to do is first go to Windows
    Explorer, (after you set up your new partition from your present
    unallocated space) and make some new folders. Very simple process.

    1. Right click on the new drive letter
    2. Then scroll down to new, then folder
    3. Give the folder a name, folders may be nested

    Now when you have something to save, you select 'save as' from the
    application's menu, then locate one of the folders you just made, pick
    a file name and it will then get saved in the folder you specified.
    Adam Albright, Mar 7, 2007
  4. Barb

    Barb Guest

    Thanks so much for your help.

    Barb, Mar 7, 2007
  5. Barb

    Barb Guest

    Thanks so much for your help.

    Barb, Mar 7, 2007
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