two hard drives - how to use both

Hewlett-packard / Dv-9000
January 5, 2011 at 17:59:47
Specs: Win 7, Centrino Duo / 2.0GB
Hi -
Hope this is an easy fix. My computer came with two actual HDDs - both 100GB. Well for a couple years, all was well - but now I'm getting a msg that indicates my C Drive is full or just about. While when I look at the other one - the D Drive is nearly empty. The C drive contains the OS; all the programs and files... while the D drive is labeled "data" but really is close to empty! How do you suggest I fix the situation to get functional use from both drives?

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January 5, 2011 at 18:42:47
You obviously didn't use the 2nd HDD for data like you were supposed to - lol!

Right click on My Documents, click Properties, then click the General tab. What's listed for "size on disk"?

Do you regularly empty the Recycle Bin? Until you empty it, those files are still occupying space on the drive.

Do you use a cleaning program such as CCleaner-Slim? If not, I suggest you download & install it. You can find it at the following page, last one on the list:

After you install it, click on the desktop icon. When it opens, look at the left column. Uncheck the boxes next to Cookies & Empty Recycle Bin (you can handle both of these manually) then click "Run CCleaner". That should clear out a lot of garbage.

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January 6, 2011 at 07:47:09
Hi - thanks for your guidance! I did as you suggested -
the properties on My docs show as "size on disc 662MB"
Emptied my recycle bin
Installed the newest version of CCleaner and ran it - so now I have 7.53 GB Free on my C drive! That certainly will help.

I also moved some of my Word Docs and Music files to the D Drive - but now my ipod cant find them, so that library it uses is just showing the songs purchased thru ITunes and not all the CDs I purchased and had on my drive too!

Obviously I didnt start out with an understanding of how to use 2 drives - as a neophyte I am still learning some basics... so how best to get things to get situated so that Programs and OS are on C, and everything else automatically saves and plays thru D - or is that possible?

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