Can I Delete Files on D?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

C & D have the same identical files.

Can I delete the D files?


Dear Teddy,

It depends on what the files are, and what your D: drive is for.

On many computers, the D: drive is a recovery partition. You would use it (instead of recovery disks, which many computer manufacturers no longer include with a new computer) to restore your computer back to factory condition. You can usually tell if your D: drive is being used for this purpose as there will be a file or folder on the drive named, “Recovery”.

If this is what your D: drive is set up for, you never want to add or delete files from the drive.

If your D: drive was just an empty drive when you got the computer, and you have added the files, then you can go ahead and delete them.



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