safe to format d drive?

September 9, 2019 at 19:15:01
Specs: Windows 7
Both my drives, C and D, show half full, but when I go into D drive it shows empty. So can I re-format D safely?

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#1
September 10, 2019 at 11:07:24
"D" is usually a partition for a reinstall. The files could possibly be hidden, but if it is, as you say, empty, what benefit would you gain by formatting it?

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#2
September 10, 2019 at 11:28:55
And how big is the D drive?

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September 10, 2019 at 15:49:31
Is the D drive an internal hard drive?

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#4
September 10, 2019 at 20:38:10
As mentioned, on most manufactures systems the D drive is your recovery drive. Typically it is hidden for good reason. Sometimes it becomes visible or you go looking in the right place and find it. If it came this way from the manufacture of the system then leave the drive alone. If you ever need to completely wipe the drive and reinstall Windows like the day it was new, the Recovery drive and its Factory Restore Option can do that for you. It will remove all of your files but that is better (if backed up) than an unusable computer and is an option if you decide to sell it.

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