D Drive is Full

Dear Computer Lady,

My D drive is almost full (99%) Is there a way I can clean just this one drive?

I would appreciate your help.

Thanks for your email and website.

Betty

Dear Betty,

On almost all computers these days, the D drive is not meant for file storage, but instead contains a recovery partition that can be used to recover your computer back to factory condition if needed.

This recovery partition is only large enough to store the files needed for reinstalling Windows on your computer. It is meant to be that way.

If you have been storing files on the D drive, you need to move those files to your main, C drive, or some sort of external drive.

Please be careful though, if you delete any of the recovery files, it will prevent you from recovering your computer if needed.

Hope this helps, Elizabeth

 

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    • ron007
    • September 17, 2013

    Rather than emptying the D: drive, you should make an image copy backup of it, so you have a recovery backup in case the HD dies.

    Most drives are large enough these days that you can split them into multiple logical partitions. Assuming you have a 200GB or larger drive, you can shrink C: to 60GB or so, which is enough for Windows and the installed applications. The rest of the drive can be allocated to a NEW partition, E:

    HOW TO MANAGE PARTITIONS WITH THE DISK MANAGEMENT TOOL, IN WINDOWS 7 & 8
    http://www.7tutorials.com/how-manage-your-disks-using-disk-management-utility

    MOVE YOUR USER FILES AND FOLDERS TO ANOTHER PARTITION
    http://www.vista4beginners.com/Move-user-files-folders-to-another-partition

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