deleting files in partion d

Acer Aspire 5740-5847 notebook
May 5, 2010 at 12:24:32
Specs: Windows 7
installed win 7 ....custom install which deletes all files.

win 7 installed to c

left acer oem files and other files on d..d is full

i want to delete all file on d


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May 5, 2010 at 12:31:30
I would recommend that you leave that partition alone and don't even try to save any personal files there. That is your restore partition. If you remove those files you will have no method of restoring to factory settings.

Did you receive a set of restore disks with the computer? If not, did you MAKE a restore set? Even if you leave the files intact you still are at risk because if your hard drive dies you will have no way to install Windows and the factory included programs.

I didn't look up to see what version of Windows came with that laptop but even if you are not using the original version you may want to restore it when you dispose of it. A used computer with no OS is not worth much. The original files make it worth more when disposing of it.

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May 5, 2010 at 16:27:50
Uninstall programs you no longer need. Move files you do not need immediate access to to an external USB drive. Reduce the mount of space system restore takes up. OR purchase a larger drive and replace the original one.

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

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May 6, 2010 at 04:42:12
i had a virus and had to buy retail copy win 7...installed over vista issued with acer laptop

win installed to c , no problemo, but acer oem files and other files now using half of storage capacity of d

as far as i know , i don't need them and am happy to delete , if i only could

'windows' files will not delete..get 'need permission' pop up

i don't mind re-formatting d, if that is still any rate i want to free up d from files that don't seem to want to go away

how can i do that


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May 6, 2010 at 05:05:29
Right or wrong, we are assuming that 'D' drive is the typical 'Recovery' partition where there are only specially compressed files to return your system to it's original factory installation. You should not be able to 'see' any specific files from within windows, in fact windows should not be able to 'see' more than just a 'drive'. Also this partition should not be extremely large. If this is the recovery partition, and you truely do not need it (will never go back, but would reinstall windows 7 if ever needed), you will need to delete the partition and recreate it, or enlarge 'C' partition to fill the space. If you recreate the partition, (safer than enlarging 'C') you may have a partition called 'D' or it may assign a different letter like 'F' instead. You should be able to use windows 7 disk management tools to do this, but if not, you can always download and burn to CDr the utilities for this purpose from the hard drive manufacturer's website and boot to that (be very careful to choose the correct partition since this utility can delete the active 'C' drive as well) or even use the windows 7 install disk (again be very careful choosing partition to delete). As with any hard drive partitioning, back up any files you absolutely need, especially those that are difficult or impossible to replace, just in case 'C' drive in accidentally affected.

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

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May 6, 2010 at 05:08:21
From within Disk Management try deleting that partition and then re-creating using all available space. Then format that partition. You may need to assign a drive letter to the partition.

If you haven't made the Vista restore set, I suggest you do that BEFORE deleting the partition.

How large is D?

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May 6, 2010 at 06:03:27
my 'd' seem sto be my old 'c'

right now the files on 'd' are

windows...with 3 subset files

takes up 17 GB of 30 GB on D

i have retail copy win 7 so don't know that i need back up of operating system...
at any rate i only use word processing and intenet..want to use 'D' to hold audio books so am happy to have 'd' empty

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May 6, 2010 at 06:11:50
went to disk mangement

'delete' would not highlight for 'd'

'shrink' will..i don't mind shrinking d...

does that give me the 17 GB currently alocated to files on 'd'?

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May 6, 2010 at 06:29:01
If you have a Windows installation on both partitions then deleting the D partition may cause the C partition/ Windows 7 to no longer boot properly.

Specs I found for your unit state it came with a 320GB hard drive. How many partitions do you have on the drive?

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May 6, 2010 at 07:12:17
30 gb on c and 30 on d

shouldn't have win 7 on both partions...installed new retail win 7 using custom install option....this is supposed to delete all files on computer..and i guess it did on C but left D loaded with 'windows' files

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May 6, 2010 at 07:19:46
Watch the POST screens at start up to verify what size/ model hard drive is installed.

Does Disk Management report any unallocated space? A 60GB hard drive in that computer makes no sense. Either there is additional space available on a 320GB capacity drive, or someone swapped out the drive.

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May 6, 2010 at 07:41:53
thsi laptop is 3 years old..came with vista

got a virus...didn't have b/u of vista

had to install retail win 7

60 gb is all

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May 6, 2010 at 07:50:23
Where are you seeing the hard drive capacity? Did you look in Disk Management for unallocated space?

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May 6, 2010 at 08:49:05
opening DM i see

Disk O ..8.73 healthy ( recovery partiiton)
Acer(D): 33.02 GB NFTS
(C); 32.73 GB NFTS

clicking properties reveal 15 GB used on acer (d)

(C) is where win 7 installed itself

(D) ...i need to clear off the 15 gb...i don't believe i need any files on (D)

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May 6, 2010 at 10:04:28
Did you get that laptop new? I explained how to delete D. You could also just wipe everything and start over.

If you have a boot screen that shows both installations of Windows and you wipe out the D drive you will pooch the boot.ini file and you may need to perform a repair.

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May 6, 2010 at 10:11:41
both vista and win7 show up on boot screen

but recall.....

the 'delete' button for 'd' didn't actuate at disk manager window so i don't know how to delete files on 'd'..which of course it what i want to do

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May 6, 2010 at 10:41:22
That is probably because the boot.ini is located on there.

I will state ONE more time. Unless someone changed the drive that unit came with a 320GB SATA 150 hard drive.

The only reason to install a hard drive that size might be because the unit is stolen and the drive had to be replaced.

Unless you can give me some other reason why there is only a 60GB drive installed I will assume this unit is a stolen laptop.

If you want further help explain the 60GB drive.

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May 6, 2010 at 12:33:50
okay you got me.....

no ..not really....

laptop is 3 years old with 60 gb ..pre-loaded with vista

i installed win 7 ..i guess vista got left behind on d drive

taking up =/- 15 gb....i would like to delete any and everything on d drive....

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May 6, 2010 at 12:57:16
So the laptop in the original post is NOT the computer in question. That unit is currently being sold everywhere.

What is the computer?

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May 6, 2010 at 13:00:36
acer aspire 3100

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May 6, 2010 at 13:08:08
light bulb goes off

don't the vista files still have the virus...

so its not simply matter of space

i have to delete any/all vista files left??

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May 6, 2010 at 15:18:56
If you delete the partition then there should be little risk of any virus remaining. Would need to be on the C partition.

Download and run SIW to determine the brand of hard drive. Then download the drive prep utility from that manufacturer.

Then burn to disk and boot to it. You should then be able to delete the D Second partition. If both are exactly the same size you may have a hard time identifying the correct one.

Go to Disk Management and write down the exact size of each partition. There is probably a small difference.

Get SIW at the link below. The portable version (without installer) doesn't require installation and can be run off any media.

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May 7, 2010 at 05:35:17
great ....thanx for your paitence

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