How to best use D drive

Acer Travelmate tm4072wlci notebook
June 22, 2010 at 05:40:04
Specs: Windows XP Profesional version 2002
Laptop is about 4 years old and starting to be very slow online and even offline. I run defrag and disc cleanup regularly. I note just over half of the C drive is used, 99% free on D drive. Can I use the D drive to free up space on the C drive and if so what is best way to do that? Thanks very much!

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June 22, 2010 at 06:13:03
With 2 drives C would be used for the OS and applications and D for application data. This would include pictures, videos, music, documents, etc. Changing to this after the fact can be difficult. The details vary between applications.

If you are selective this can improve performance. This isn't something easily learned.

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June 22, 2010 at 06:43:00
Thank you for the prompt reply. Sounds like it would be best to start using the D drive for new data files and delete those not current or vital from the C drive. I do occasional backups, clean out cache fairly regularly, etc. Thanks again.

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June 22, 2010 at 06:50:23
Are you sure that D isn't your recovery partition? What is the capacity of D?

When using an OEM computer like your laptop it is difficult to change the way partitions are set up. That said, it is very easy to store your personal files anywhere you want to.

Assuming the D drive is a storage partition and NOT the restore partition you can simply change the default path where you save things. Usually, if you change a download path once it will use that path from then on.

Just create some folders and give them descriptive names.

For personal files that are already stored on the C partition you can move those files too. If they are important files I would recommend that you use the COPY and then PASTE options instead of CUT and PASTE. After copying and verifying the files in the new location work then you can delete the files on the C drive.

If you only have ONE copy of your personal files you are gambling. Things happen. You should keep at least two copies of data that you can't replace.

Options are external hard drives or my preference, Optical disk, like DVDR or CDR. These disks are more permanent and cheap to make multiple copies.

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June 22, 2010 at 09:20:05
I don't know if it is a recovery drive...the laptop was advertised to have 80 GB, and it has half on C and half on D, so I am thinking it is storage. I have been using a USB flash drive for backups, but I do have a DVD/CD-RW drive as well that I could use. Thanks for that suggestion.

I have 2 desktops I work from home on, just use this laptop for personal stuff and websurfing, so nothing irreplaceable here.

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June 22, 2010 at 09:26:24
Flash drives are the least dependable of any media, except possibly for floppies.

If the D drive is visible then explore it and see what is on there.

If you keep the temp crap cleaned out and the laptop is still slower look at running processes. Many programs install auto update utilities that check for updates every time you log in. Also, remove program you don't use every day. Even some that you do use every day. You can always start them from the Start button.

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June 22, 2010 at 10:12:01
Get partition magic,l delete d: and expand c: into the free space so c: becomes 80gig.

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