how to manage hard drive space

  robert01 11:25 31 Oct 2010

I have an Acer laptop which is running slow as the 30GB C drive is nearly full, I have just noticed that the space allocated for 'Acer Data' and called 'D' is a whopping 9GB with barely 2GB in use.

How can I adjust this and allocate some of this space to C.

I expect the answer lies in the BIOS - but need advice before I dabble there.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:36 31 Oct 2010

From Acer

The extra hard disk partition called Acer Data is included on the factory-loaded software to provide a method to restore the notebook to factory configurations. This method is called D2D Recovery and provides a different method to recovery your system if the Recovery or System CDs are not available.

The partition can be removed by using the System and Recovery CDs. However please note that if you choose to remove the partition, there is no way to restore the removed partition.

  robert01 11:56 31 Oct 2010

Ok thanks - but rather than remove it is there any way to reduce the amount of space allocated.

It seems odd that nearly a third of the total drive is put aside for this.

  GaT7 12:07 31 Oct 2010

Move some of C's data to D. Move only what you created [your data only: such as photos, music, videos, etc in Documents and Settings/your profile(s)], while leaving everything else on C, like the contents of the Windows & Program Files directories.

Then create shortcuts of your data folders in D, placing them on your Desktop or Quick Launch menu for quick & easy access.

I maintain a very slim C drive, while most (if not all) my data are on other partitions. G

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:13 31 Oct 2010

You might find it needs the extra space (9-2 =7G) to expand the image on D so it can do the restore so filling D with extra Data can cause a problem.

You may be better doing -

but an external drive to store your data on
Clone the drive to a larger one and replace the original and use that as extra external storage.

You could also try removing unwanted programs and use CCleaner click here to clera rubbish off the C drive

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