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C drive full!! Help please

 
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beebsH



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:58 pm    Post subject: C drive full!! Help please Reply with quote

Hi, thank you firstly, for taking the time to look at my post!

I am totally bamboozled by my C drive.

Although I save everything to my D drive, C is saying it is critically full!
I have moved everything (as far as I can tell) to my D drive that isn't a programme, but I'm sure I have programmes I don't need but not sure which ones.

I have also attempted to move the drive partition, I use Vista, but once I had unallocated space I was not able to allocate it to C. Not even sure if this would be possible!

I am a TOTAL novice and would really really appreciate any advice and help you can offer.

If there is any information you need from me (which I will assume there is loads) to be able to help, please ask.

Thanking you once again
Bee
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JonS



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what is the make / model of machine?
How big are the C and D drives?
Are they one single drive partitioned into two, or two separate physical drives?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is an Acer Aspire 5315
C and D drives are both 31 gb
how would I be able to find out if it's one or 2 drives? sorry, like I say, absolute novice Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that explains it. Common problem with these
You'll have a single 80GB hard drive split into two visible partitions, and a third hidden recovery partition
My guess is that it came with XP and someone has upgraded it to Vista for you?
Basically the 32GB system partition is not big enough to run Vista properly. Its pushing it even for XP: a fully patched XP installation is close to 20GB. Vista is larger
You've two options:
1) fit a larger replacement hard drive
2) reformat the two 32GB partitions into one single one. Even then the drive will be small by modern standards

There's going to be a further issue in that this machine really does not have the performance to run Vista. Typically the 5315 was sold with just 1GB of RAM and a slow Celeron processor. OK for XP, useless for Vista Nothing you can do about the Celeron, but the memory can probably be increased.

So whats it going to cost? Something like 50 for a new drive, 30 for extra memory and a couple of hours labour to install it all, load windows and transfer your data. Close to 150 maybe. Even then it will still be slow because of the Celeron
Whats the cost of a new machine?
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