Hard Disk BACKUP drive - size?

May 3, 2007 at 04:58:34

52 what (bytes / kilobytes / mega bytes)?
What is in that 52?
Is it needed?

If it is small then backup (copy) its contents to your first drive temporarily, repartition and format the second drave to the full 46GB and then copy the backed up files/directories back to the newly partitioned drive.

It is always difficult to advise when the questions are not clearly laid out.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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May 3, 2007 at 05:03:20

"I need some more memory" do you mean hard drive space ???

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May 3, 2007 at 05:06:32

Just has a thought.
Are you misinterpreting what you are seeing?

It maybe that the hard drive is allready format to its full size and what you are reporting is just what is currently being used.

The small figure of 52 would then suggest that you are not using that drive at all.

Is 46GB being reported as freespace by XP?

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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May 3, 2007 at 05:06:38

Hi - first timer - can I change the size of my pre-defined, manufacturer's setting of my Hard disk BACKUP drive size...?
C (boot): 56GB
D:(backup): 52 (freespace: 46GB....!)
I need some more memory and it would appear I have loads of spare memoery in the mostly unused D:BACKUP drive...!

Many thanks,

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May 3, 2007 at 07:25:55

Just to clarify what I know about Medion - it's one of the few big boys OEM system builders who like to mount Windows twice - one on drive C and one on the BACKUP drive. It's a strange animal.

I think the BACKUP drive is actually the recovery disc. Have you read the user manual? What does it say?

I think Medion is a Germany entity. I tried their online tech support - it's lousy.


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May 3, 2007 at 07:26:48

(1) Wow - speedy response - thanks...

C:(boot): 15.8GB FREE of 56.6GB available
D:(backup): 46.9GB FREE of 52.7GB available
E:(recover)espace: 1.03GB of 2.4GB available

(3) Yes, Santa - I need more hard drive space - and was wondering with I could "pinch" it from the "backup" - which clearly does not seem to need anything like the 52.7GB the manufacturer seems to have applied...!

Many thanks

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May 3, 2007 at 07:52:18

I'm guessing that a large portion of the files on the C: drive is data - pictures, music or whatever. You could just move the bulk of that to the D: drive to reclaim space. Also worth installing & running CCleaner to get rid of any build up of temporary files etc.

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May 3, 2007 at 07:57:42

Thanks - I did not realise that I could simply "use" the D: drive - rather stupidly, I thought that it was "untouchable, as it were - thank you - a very simple, bur very eefective answer...! I have now tried this and, of course, it has been successful - I will now move across the many gigs of picys and movies onto thisdrive, and release some space on teh C: drive - I really didn't think iot would be that easy! I'm please I asked - as I would never had this opportunity to thank you, and everyone else, that bother's to answer people like me's (daft) questions...very much appreciated - thank you....

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May 3, 2007 at 08:13:19

Medion PCs in general come with a partitioned hard disk drive (most likely 120 GB in your case), c: for the OS and pre-installed apps, d: as a storage drive and a hidden partition holding the 'back to factory standard' backup.

you can use tools like partition magic to resize the partitions to your likings, do not touch the recovery partition.

warning! before resizing partitions, back up all your important files and make sure you have a windows xp installation disc (not a recovery CD) in case something goes haywire!

Today's subliminal thought is: 'Calm down ... it's only ones and zeros.'

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May 3, 2007 at 09:32:17

You are most welcome. Glad we could help.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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