Difference between C: and D: drive?

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#1 Posted by Potatoes002 (82 posts) -

Im new to this computer thing so bare with me. My computer is very low on memory (C: Drive) but I notice I have another drive (D: ) that has lots of memory avalible. Is there a difference between C: and D: ? Is it pretty much a back up drive? Should I switch files over to free up C: drive? Thanks for your help.

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#2 Posted by jtschmitz (293 posts) -

Your hard drive is drive C: This is where your operating system and all of your programs are stored. Drive D: is generally your disc drive. I have never seen a drive that was not a cd given the name D:

The answer to your questions, unfortunately is no you will not be able to just move files over. I suggest: clicking start->control panel->Add or Remove Programs (for XP) and removing any program you no longer need.

With a burning program you would be able to burn data to your CD. But accessing it would be relatively slow, and you would not be able to copy any part of a program onto it and have it work properly.

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#3 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24605 posts) -
If the files not tied to the registry (like music, pictures, movies) you can cut them over. You CANNOT throw over things like games, and programs.
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#4 Posted by Marfoo (5998 posts) -
Uhhh what? The letter assigned to any kind of drive is arbitrary. Just because it's drive D: DOES NOT MAKE IT AN OPTICAL DRIVE. HDDs get the first letters, and the optical after that, and "removable media" after that. If you have a D: drive that has free space it's most likely a second HDD or another partition on the drive. How much space does it have free?
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#5 Posted by Potatoes002 (82 posts) -

Ok I understand. I wasnt sure cause drive E: is my CD drive so I just assumed Drive D: (SYSTEM_SAV) was another drive.

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#6 Posted by Marfoo (5998 posts) -

Ok I understand. I wasnt sure cause drive E: is my CD drive so I just assumed Drive D: (SYSTEM_SAV) was another drive.

Potatoes002
Oh okay, yeah, drive D: judging by the name you supplied "SYSTEM_SAV" is a recovery partition. Basically if your computer ever messes up, you can boot from that partition and it will reinstall Windows and all the original software. I wouldn't recommend saving anything to it.
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#7 Posted by Potatoes002 (82 posts) -

Uhhh what? The letter assigned to any kind of drive is arbitrary. Just because it's drive D: DOES NOT MAKE IT AN OPTICAL DRIVE. HDDs get the first letters, and the optical after that, and "removable media" after that. If you have a D: drive that has free space it's most likely a second HDD or another partition on the drive. How much space does it have free?Marfoo

D: has 1.66GB out of 2.71GB left

C: has 49.2mb out of 25.2GB left

My computer is an old 2000, not much memory...:(

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#8 Posted by Marfoo (5998 posts) -

[QUOTE="Marfoo"]Uhhh what? The letter assigned to any kind of drive is arbitrary. Just because it's drive D: DOES NOT MAKE IT AN OPTICAL DRIVE. HDDs get the first letters, and the optical after that, and "removable media" after that. If you have a D: drive that has free space it's most likely a second HDD or another partition on the drive. How much space does it have free?Potatoes002

D: has 1.66GB out of 2.71GB left

C: has 49.2mb out of 25.2GB left

My computer is an old 2000, not much memory...:(

Oh wow, you are are really low on space. HDD's are pretty cheap these days, I think 1TB (1000GB) is under $100.
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#9 Posted by Potatoes002 (82 posts) -

[QUOTE="Potatoes002"]

Ok I understand. I wasnt sure cause drive E: is my CD drive so I just assumed Drive D: (SYSTEM_SAV) was another drive.

Marfoo

Oh okay, yeah, drive D: judging by the name you supplied "SYSTEM_SAV" is a recovery partition. Basically if your computer ever messes up, you can boot from that partition and it will reinstall Windows and all the original software. I wouldn't recommend saving anything to it.

Ok ill just delete a bunch of files to free up memory than...

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#10 Posted by Potatoes002 (82 posts) -

[QUOTE="Potatoes002"]

[QUOTE="Marfoo"]Uhhh what? The letter assigned to any kind of drive is arbitrary. Just because it's drive D: DOES NOT MAKE IT AN OPTICAL DRIVE. HDDs get the first letters, and the optical after that, and "removable media" after that. If you have a D: drive that has free space it's most likely a second HDD or another partition on the drive. How much space does it have free?Marfoo

D: has 1.66GB out of 2.71GB left

C: has 49.2mb out of 25.2GB left

My computer is an old 2000, not much memory...:(

Oh wow, you are are really low on space. HDD's are pretty cheap these days, I think 1TB (1000GB) is under $100.

Ya ill probably buy one, I just got a monitor and bought RAM for it but I still need a video card after a harddrive since the only videos that arnt choppy are youtube ones :(

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#11 Posted by TerroRizing (3210 posts) -
[QUOTE="Potatoes002"]

[QUOTE="Marfoo"][QUOTE="Potatoes002"]

Ok I understand. I wasnt sure cause drive E: is my CD drive so I just assumed Drive D: (SYSTEM_SAV) was another drive.

Oh okay, yeah, drive D: judging by the name you supplied "SYSTEM_SAV" is a recovery partition. Basically if your computer ever messes up, you can boot from that partition and it will reinstall Windows and all the original software. I wouldn't recommend saving anything to it.

Ok ill just delete a bunch of files to free up memory than...

get an ide drive, people sometimes sell them super cheap and Im guessing your older pc uses that kind of drive.
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#12 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24605 posts) -
[QUOTE="Potatoes002"]

[QUOTE="Marfoo"] Oh okay, yeah, drive D: judging by the name you supplied "SYSTEM_SAV" is a recovery partition. Basically if your computer ever messes up, you can boot from that partition and it will reinstall Windows and all the original software. I wouldn't recommend saving anything to it.TerroRizing

Ok ill just delete a bunch of files to free up memory than...

get an ide drive, people sometimes sell them super cheap and Im guessing your older pc uses that kind of drive.

Used hard drives? Ew...
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#13 Posted by TerroRizing (3210 posts) -

[QUOTE="TerroRizing"][QUOTE="Potatoes002"]

Ok ill just delete a bunch of files to free up memory than...

JigglyWiggly_

get an ide drive, people sometimes sell them super cheap and Im guessing your older pc uses that kind of drive.

Used hard drives? Ew...

lol.

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#14 Posted by NotAFurry (6055 posts) -

D: is the second partition or a very old HDD that somehow got transfered to your computer during the build. Feel free to use it.

BTW, make sure to keep at least 500MB free space. I made this number up, but I myself generally make it a rule to keep 10% of the drive free. I works faster that way.

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#15 Posted by GTR2addict (11863 posts) -

Your hard drive is drive C: This is where your operating system and all of your programs are stored. Drive D: is generally your disc drive. I have never seen a drive that was not a cd given the name D:

The answer to your questions, unfortunately is no you will not be able to just move files over. I suggest: clicking start->control panel->Add or Remove Programs (for XP) and removing any program you no longer need.

With a burning program you would be able to burn data to your CD. But accessing it would be relatively slow, and you would not be able to copy any part of a program onto it and have it work properly.

jtschmitz

my 500 gb hard drive is D, my 640 external is G: whats the problem?

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#16 Posted by AnObscureName (2069 posts) -
That's like my hard-drive. It has a partition (I think that is what it is called). The first half is the main C drive and the D drive I just use for storage of music + films.
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#17 Posted by Gog (16376 posts) -

[QUOTE="Marfoo"][QUOTE="Potatoes002"]

D: has 1.66GB out of 2.71GB left

C: has 49.2mb out of 25.2GB left

My computer is an old 2000, not much memory...:(

Potatoes002

Oh wow, you are are really low on space. HDD's are pretty cheap these days, I think 1TB (1000GB) is under $100.

Ya ill probably buy one, I just got a monitor and bought RAM for it but I still need a video card after a harddrive since the only videos that arnt choppy are youtube ones :(

Videos playback doesn't rely on the video card but on the CPU. A CPU from a 2000 PC won't be enough to play any type of semi-HD video, only low-res stuff. Well you really need a new PC after 9 years...