How do I clear 40 MB Local disk D: when there are no files?

May 9, 2018 at 14:42:50
Specs: Windows 10, 3.2GHz/12GB
D: drive full warning
After Windows systems update I suddenly received Low Disk Space Warning for the D: drive but the drive has no files to work with. I'm a bit confused as to how a D: drive only has 480 MB storage anyway.

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#1
May 9, 2018 at 15:04:41
What is this D drive? Is it a USB hard drive or something else? Tell us more.

If its not a system drive and contains nothing important you could right click it and Format it. That might put it right but as it has given trouble I would be cautious about relying on it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
May 9, 2018 at 15:17:46
Do you have Windows configured to "show hidden files & folders"?

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#3
May 9, 2018 at 16:34:35
Would be useful here, wise even, to provide full details of what you have installed by way of hard drives. Do you have one with two (or more) partitions; or do you have two separate drives?

Also on which drive is windows installed?

Seems basic information I know; but helps avoid confusions and allows pholks here to assist you more easily.


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#4
May 9, 2018 at 17:22:16
"480 MB"
In Disk Management is that showing as > System Reserved?
https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-ope...
https://www.isunshare.com/windows-1...

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#5
May 9, 2018 at 17:23:46
Derek, thank you for responding. It has to be onboard because I have no external plugged in. At first I thought it was my OneDrive, but it can't be because it's storage capacity is too small (450MB.)

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#6
May 9, 2018 at 17:27:42
riider,

Thank you for responding. I do have Windows set to view hidden files. It's weird the warning came after the Windows OS update. Someone told me to delete the "Windowsold" file but it can't be undone and that would delete an entire previous version I think.

I'm stumped.

Lisa


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#7
May 9, 2018 at 17:34:34
"Someone told me to delete the "Windowsold" file but it can't be undone"
I did 3 yesterday, it is done via the built in Disk Cleanup.

How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...


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#8
May 9, 2018 at 17:40:34
Forgive my being remiss in not posting enough appropriate info. I haven't used a forum. I am resourceful and therefore find my way around to the bits you need, but am not savvy enough to know ahead of time what info/data may be needed. :)

Disk manager-
Disk 0
Basic
931.39 GB
Online

OS (C:)
919.12 GB NTFS
Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

(D:)
450 MB NTFS
Healthy (OEM Partition)

No name
500 MB
Healthy (EFI System Partition)

WINRETOOLS
750 MB NTFS
Healthy (OEM Partition)

PBR Image
10.57 GB NTFS
Healthy (OEM partition)


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#9
May 9, 2018 at 17:47:57
"Forgive my being remiss in not posting enough appropriate info. I haven't used a forum. I am resourceful and therefore find my way around to the bits you need, but am not savvy enough to know ahead of time what info/data may be needed. :) "
No problem Lisa, you are not to know what info will give us the clues.

Looks like you have a brand name computer, what is it please & the exact model.


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#10
May 9, 2018 at 18:53:42
Off the top of my head it looks like a recovery partition. Strange things can happen after features updates. If you don't see that warning again (you might not) I would be inclined to disregard it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
May 9, 2018 at 20:46:45
I would say that it is your recovery partition as well. If your system came with Windows 10 then it is still important to keep it. Even if it came with a previous version you still may want to keep it unless you plan on making an image of your primary partition and store it for future emergency use. Then you could delete it and recover the space for your primary partition. If you do not need the room and are not bothered by too many warnings then leaving it alone might be the safest plan.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#12
May 9, 2018 at 23:57:46
You might want to use Disk Management to unassigned the drive letter so that it doesn't show up in File Explorer. But, whatever else you do, I would strongly advise you not to try formatting the drive - the likely outcome would be an unbeatable system.

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#13
May 10, 2018 at 05:44:31
I agree with ijack. When I mentioned format earlier it was on the assumption it might be a data drive that had failed, such as an external USB.

Let us know if you see that message again.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#14
May 24, 2018 at 19:40:47
I'm having the same problem from the same cause. Has this been solved? Thanks

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#15
May 24, 2018 at 20:35:46
This article mention your problem and possible solution:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...

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#16
May 24, 2018 at 20:51:53
ty @sluc That seems to have fixed the problem

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