Acer laptop advertised 80GB only has 32GB?

September 11, 2010 at 21:37:17
Specs: Windows Vista Basic, 80 GB?? 32 GB?? 64 GB??
This may be a stupid question (and I have plenty more...) but my Acer laptop (Windows Vista Basic) was advertised as 80 GB HDD, and when I go to "computer" to check remaining free space on drive C: I see that I have only 6-10 GB remaining out of a TOTAL of 32 GB. The remaining free space is not the problem, although I will soon be filling it to the brim, but what I want to know is why 32 GB when this is supposed to be 80GB?? And, related to this (?) is that it shows that I have 31 GB remaining of 32 GB on drive D:. Can I utilize this at all? And, if so, how?? I just got a new Toshiba with over 200 GB so I will be using the older (2-1/2 years old) Acer for mainly the media player (and the occassional email) and stuffing it with music and uninstalling most of my programs (that I can safely do...that'll be another question) to make more room, but would like to know:
1) What's up with the 80 GB versus 32 GB? And,
2) Can I utilize the drive D: for anything, and if so how?

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September 11, 2010 at 22:28:20
The 80GB Hard Drive has been split into 3 partitions

C: 32GB
D: 32GB
Hidden Factory Restore partition.

I do not see a problem, just use D: for data:

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September 11, 2010 at 23:11:58
Thanks, but if you read my original question it makes it pretty clear that I am a dummy. What I need to know is HOW to utilize drive D:

I have no idea how to do this. Up until now I have used the computer for internet access only, but that has changed and I am a babe in the woods as far as all this goes, so just how do I utilize the 32 GB or so of free space on drive D: ??

Can I put my music from Windows Media Player there??? Can I transfer programs to there?? How do I "tell" my computer to put data (or music, or photos, or files, or programs...) onto drive D: as oppossed to drive C: ??


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September 12, 2010 at 06:36:21
Maybe you need to enrol on a Coillege Course ?

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September 12, 2010 at 07:57:17
Well gee thanks X86, that thar was reel hepful!!!

It can't be all that difficult for a moderately intelligent person to explain the simple steps to access my drive D:

I doubt I need to "enrol on a coillege course" to do just that.

I've learned more about the workings of my computer in the last week than I ever knew in the last ten years using computers---sure, a lot of it through trial and error, and a lot of 'googling' going on---but unfortunately this method of asking for help on a forum like this gets exactly what I got from you. Nada.

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September 12, 2010 at 12:57:24
Yes this a help forum for people who have specific problems, now to answer what you want, I do not have the time to spend an hour or so writting a tutorial, sorry, maybe:

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September 12, 2010 at 13:15:26
If you don't have the time, then please, find something else to do. And from the information I've been gleaning elsewhere I find it very hard to believe that it would take an hour to write a tutorial for something that is about a 10 minute affair.

And, this is a forum for people with specific problems you say?? Well, how much more specific can I get? But, I really appreciate your first response---I asked HOW I could access D: drive and you said, "I don't see a problem, just use it..." That's the problem, I don't know how to---that was the QUESTION!! But when I do know how, I will know how, get it? And I will be willing to share that knowledge with the next person who might have the same question. That is EXACTLY what forums like these are supposed to be about. I don't know what your problem is...

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September 12, 2010 at 14:26:03
X86 I see the problem. The problem is the Acer people are ignorant and they put 2 partitions along with a PQSERVICE hidden recovery. If you want more space you need to delete those other partitions. Make sure you have made your recovery CD'S first. The PQSERVICE is tied to the D DATA and when you delete the D DATA drive you will delete PQSERVICE. I made the mistake twice. Once on my acer laptop I deleted the D and it took the PQSERVICE and then on my desktop I did the same. Guess that makes me ignorant also but it would not have happened if Acer did not do there drives like this?

Just because the OP does not come back in 3 or 4 days to reply, does not mean he will not come back and reply.

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