C: drive vs D:drive

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  1. Lesl

    Lesl Notebook Consultant

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    In the past I had 2 laptops that did stop working and to put them back at work I had to do a clean install ( or something like that) . My C:drive had to be wipe out. When this did happen for a second times, I did conclude that saving files to My Pictures , My videos or My documents was dangerous because if anything go wrong, the C:drive has to be wipe out. So, I did start saving all my files on the D:drive so I wouldn't lose them. On those 2 laptops, the C:drive was like 25 % of the space available and the D:drive about 75%. Now, I just bought a used HP Pavillion 15 and...my D:drive is only 20 GB and 2 GB of this is for the Recovery file but my C:drive is 908 GB. How come the C:drive is so big and could it be shrink to move most of the space for the D: drive? That laptop use Windows 8.1. Is there a partition tool directly from it? Thanks!
     
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    Yes there is software out there but really why do it ? If something happens to your HDD in your laptop you are going to most likely lose everything anyways. Why not buy a external HDD. You can get a 1TB or even a 2TB for under $50.00-$65.00 for all your pictures, movies or what ever so if the HDD in the laptop dies your files are safe on the external drive. I keep everything backed up on my external drives (3)
     
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    There is, but IIRC it's not helpful in your situation. You can shrink C: by using it, but the empty space you'll get will not be next to D: and thus not a good idea.

    Try this.
    https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/epm-free.html

    Also, changing the default folders for My Pictures etc is extremely easy by using the right mouse button, or cut/paste.
    Just make sure your protected operating system files are hidden before you do it.

    See link.
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/to-partition-or-not.790676/#post-10242312
     
  4. Lesl

    Lesl Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks! I did shrink the C:drive using easeUS tool and then I did rename the unallocated partition ( F). I didn't play at all with the D partition. The only thing curious is... I can't change the size of the thumbnail of the " My pictures" folder I did drop in the F: drive. It's stuck to " listing" and if I click where you normally do to change the size, the word "unspecified" shows.
    I did manage to change the size of the thumbnail.
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018 at 10:46 PM
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