Using Vista..freeing up d drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by kittridge1, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. kittridge1

    kittridge1 Guest

    I have Vista and my D drive is almost full. I believe its because of backups.
    I bought more Ram, deleted files and finally tryed to delete all before my
    latest restore point. That didn't work. Didn't even seem to run! I have 140
    gig left on my hard drive and 470 mg on my D..Please help!!!
    kittridge1, Apr 9, 2007
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  2. Yes, 470 milligrams is very little. ;-)

    Please help us to help you. What is your D drive? Is it a separate hard
    drive? A partition of your only hard drive? Something else?

    How big is it? What do you use it for? Do you run a program that puts
    backups there?

    What files did you delete? From what drive?
    Ken Blake, MVP, Apr 10, 2007
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    DP Guest

    What I've gathered from a lot of posts here is that it seems like several
    big-name computer makers are creating D partitions, where they then store
    data needed to restore a computer to its fresh-from-the-factory settings.
    Kind of like the restore CD you would get from Dell, Gateway, Packard Bell
    I think these partitions are made just big enough to hold the data with a
    few extra milligrams left over. That seems to be the common thread in posts
    I've read in recent weeks.
    I'm guessing that's the case with the OP's machine, but I could be wrong.

    I assume that drive can be wiped clean if you don't think you'll ever have
    to restore factory settings. But I guess it's also possible that the ONLY
    copy of the OS installation is on that partition instead of on separate
    media, so someone should be very careful before deleting.
    DP, Apr 10, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    You believe it's because of backups? Why do you believe that? What
    backups? What files are occupying the space? For that matter what is the
    D: drive? What is it's capacity?

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    Rock, Apr 10, 2007
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    thumpper Guest

    thumpper, Aug 2, 2007
  6. kittridge1

    thumpper Guest

    I have the same problem. D drive is almost full and would like to know
    which files I have to store in the D drive. Also, I would like to free up the
    D drive without affecting my computer. This is what it reads on the D drive,
    Recovery D: 3.42 MB free of 9.99 GB.
    thumpper, Aug 2, 2007
  7. I have a similar problem with my D drive. I have a 400GB Advent PC, 200Gb on
    C drive, and 200Gb on D drive. When I upgraded to Vista (I wanted the
    backup facilities), I obviously dumped the C drive to the D drive. The D
    drive filled up so quickly that I was frankly amazed. It slowed the backup
    process, and Norton scans so much that they were taking almost 2 hours to
    complete! I therefore bought a 400GB external hard drive, and now dump to
    that. Everything is now much better, except that I cannot completely empty
    the D drive. The drive indicates 'folder empty' when I go into 'My
    computer', but the contents still indicate that some 60 GB is 'in use'. Does
    anyone know how to completely empty the D drive (since it is still slowing
    the Norton scans) please?
    Dictionary option/Bob, Oct 1, 2007
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    Fevrin Guest

    Couldn't you just format or delete D:?
    Fevrin, Oct 2, 2007
  9. Hi Fevren (or Rock),
    Thanks for the suggestion. Sounds so simple now, reformatting did occur to
    me, but sounded a tad drastic and I was somewhat worried about the
    consequences! Anyway, have completed the format operation, now my D drive is
    as it was when I purchased the PC (and it has also made me find out how to
    copy my most important files to the D drive). As a computer novice, such
    information and techniques are not easily found, and it is reassuring to know
    that helpful people like you are 'out there'. Thanks to you experts, using
    computers (to the uninitiated) is so much easier. Cheers, pal!
    Dictionary option/Bob, Oct 8, 2007
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    D-Full Guest

    D-Full, Feb 12, 2008
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    SallyL Guest

    hi there..
    it seems that everybody's D: drive is full but mine is C: drive. Wats wrong?

    my C: drive has only 10%-20% left but my D: drive has about 80% (used to be
    90% but now 80% bcos i put some of the files like videos, music, documents
    files to D: drive to free my C: drive) . i just want to know which is
    actually a backup or restore drive? which one that windows always use alot?
    it seems to me is my C: drive. r there any problem? how to use D: drive more
    to make my C: drive lesser? my notebook is NEC VersaA2200 AMD Turion 64
    mobile technology.

    SallyL, Jul 8, 2008

  12. I have no idea, since you've omitted the essential information
    describing your problem. See below.

    Exactly how big is your C: drive?

    And exactly how big is your D: drive.

    Probably neither.

    Normally C:.

    It's very difficult to be sure of anything with so little information,
    but I'll take a few guesses:

    1. Your computer came with a single hard drive that was partitioned
    into two pieces called C: and D:. Think of your drive as a two-drawer
    filing cabinet.

    2. Since 90% of D: was free, D: is probably not any kind of recovery
    partition, but just a second place for you to store your files.

    If the above is correct, then it's up to you to use D: instead of C:
    for whatever you want. Just as with the filing cabinet, if you put
    everything into the top drawer and leave the bottom one empty, you
    will run into problems. You say you "put some of the files like
    videos, music, documents files to D: drive to free my C: drive."
    That's good. Continue doing more of the same.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 8, 2008
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    SallyL Guest

    hi Ken

    what info u need to know about my laptop?

    meanwhile, ive 1GB memory. drive C: has 18.6GB & drive D: also 18.6GB. I
    believe both drives share that 1GB laptop memory overall & my hardrives
    memory is 40GB.

    anymore pls help? should i add in another 1GB to have 2GB memory or just
    leave it just like tat? thanks
    SallyL, Jul 14, 2008
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    Charlie Tame Guest

    Sally, memory and drive space are both measured in Gigabytes but are not
    at all related.

    Your "C" drive and "D" drive are probably the same physical entity but
    are two different "Partitions".

    When you buy an operating system installed by a manufacturer (OEM) they
    often do not supply a backup copy of the operating system. Instead they
    put it on a second "Partition". The default drive letter (Historically)
    is C and so usually the copy does on the next one, D.

    You should find the instructions for making a DVD copy of this, usually
    called "Making recovery disks" on the maker's website. You may be able
    to order recovery disks from them online. You should do one or the other
    because if the hard drive ever fails BOTH partitions may go out and then
    you have no Vista. Until then you should try and avoid using that
    partition at all. Microsoft will not help at all with OEM installs, they
    sell their product to the maker at a substantial discount and the maker
    agrees to take full responsibility for user support. (Most) people here
    will try to help but can't do much if you lose the operating system

    You Laptop maker should have the full instructions, if not someone here
    will try to help you find them, I can't stress enough that you need to
    get a copy of the OS on something separate from your hard disk, then if
    you want you can use that partition, but be aware that if you ever have
    to use the maker's recovery system it will literally put the machine
    back to how it came out of the box, everything you did before then will
    be lost.
    Charlie Tame, Jul 14, 2008

  15. OK, so you have a 40GB drive which has been partitioned into two equal
    parts, called C: and D:. As I suggested, neither appears to be a
    backup or restore partition, but it's simply like the two-drawer
    filing cabinet I pointed out above. Which partition you put any
    particular file in is up to you. If you always just accept the default
    and put everything in C: it's not a surprise that you're running out
    of space on C: while having lots left on D:. You need to start moving
    some files to D: (data files only, please; you can't move program
    files) and start putting files there in the future instead of on C:

    By the way, it's important to realize that these two "drives," C: and
    D:, are actually not separate drives, but just partitions--pieces of
    the single hard drive you have. That makes using D: as a backup of C:
    a very poor choice. It's better than no backup at all, but just
    barely. It leaves you susceptible to simultaneous loss of the original
    and backup to many of the most common dangers: severe power glitches,
    nearby lightning strikes, virus attacks, even theft of the computer.
    Real backup needs to be on media stored externally to the computer.

    Finally, regarding your question "should i add in another 1GB to have
    2GB memory," that has nothing to do with your use of the D: partition,
    but the answer is that you need to determine whether the performance
    of your computer is adequate for you. For most people running Windows
    Vista, 1GB is not sufficient, and 2GB makes a substantial improvement,
    but the choice is yours.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 14, 2008
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