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Old April 19 2009, 08:02 PM   #1
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Hey Guys. I think this is the right place for this, but if not my bad and just redirect me.

I got this used Laptop a few days ago. Acer Aspire 5610Z. Not top of the line, but light years better then what I have now.

So I reformated C Drive and deleted everything off of D Drive as that didnt reformat.

But now I'm looking at D Drive and its saying I only have 62GB out of 69GB free even though D Drive shows Zero files on it outside of Sample Pictures and the like. So I'm trying to figure out if it would be ok to Format the D Drive. C Drive has a Windows Icon on it, so I'm sure thats where all the Windows Info is, but I want to make sure its kosher to Format D before I do it.

Thanks for help in advance!
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Old April 19 2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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Try going to C:\Windows
If you can, Windows is on C: and it won't be affected by formatting D:
If you want to double check, enable 'show hidden and system files/folders' under 'folder options' and look in the D: root folder - if theres nothing in there, there's nothing on the drive.

I wouldn't pay too much attention to the 'filespace remaining' indicator, they're not wonderfully accurate. Particularly if you emptied D: by manually deleting stuff, the indicator is probably showing as 'used' space which is actually ready to be overwritten.
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Old April 19 2009, 08:14 PM   #3
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It's likely the missing space is occupied by a hidden recovery partition which can be used to restore the system to its original factory state in the event of Bad Times™.
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Old April 19 2009, 08:16 PM   #4
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Is D: actually a separate physical drive? Or a partition? Because it is usual practice for Acer to put a 'recovery partition' onto the main drive of their laptops, which as Rii says, is used as a factory-restore backup.
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Old April 19 2009, 08:21 PM   #5
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it is probably space taken up by hidden files.

Try enabling, 'show hidden files' in the folder options, and see if they show up. Note there are two degrees of hidden in windows. So some might still be in stealth.

The partition idea: it would be a separate drive which is not part of this 69GB drive. Virtual partitioning is done with hidden folders, which is what this space might be.
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Old April 19 2009, 08:42 PM   #6
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How can I tell if its a Partition or another drive?
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Old April 19 2009, 08:49 PM   #7
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Showing Hidden Files showed about 2 gigs more of junk that I deleted but im still 5 Gigs or so short and its not showing anything else besides the sample folders.
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Old April 19 2009, 10:01 PM   #8
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Keep in mind that a formatted HD is going to be smaller than the advertised capacity. For example, a formatted 60 GB might yield 57 GB. That's just the nature of the file system. That being said, if you're on Vista or XP, you can simply go into Control Panel > Disk Management, and then click on your hard drive. It will show up as a logical drive, and if it's partitioned, you'll see the D drive as a partition there. If it's physical, there will be two separate drives listed as logical drives.

You can quick format Drive D and it will wipe all of those hidden files.

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Old April 19 2009, 10:04 PM   #9
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Just format d:, what's the worst that could happen? Having to reinstall windows?
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Old April 19 2009, 10:06 PM   #10
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How can I tell if its a Partition or another drive?
Go into the BIOS (Usually F2 or Delete during startup). It should show what physical drives you have attached to your system.

There are also various utilities that can differentiate physical drives from partitions.
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Old April 19 2009, 10:11 PM   #11
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hyzmarca wrote: View Post
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How can I tell if its a Partition or another drive?
Go into the BIOS (Usually F2 or Delete during startup). It should show what physical drives you have attached to your system.

There are also various utilities that can differentiate physical drives from partitions.
It's good to check, but I seriously can't imagine it's NOT a partition. The only laptops I've seen with 2 physical drives in them are ones that the owner went well out of their way to make it happen. Like, they removed the DVD drive to put another hard drive in.

I'd be shocked if the OP managed to buy a laptop with 2 hard drives without knowing it.
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Old April 19 2009, 10:12 PM   #12
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Just format d:, what's the worst that could happen? Having to reinstall windows?
With some computers, Like Compac and E-Machines, "D" drive contains the files to reinstall Windows OEM the way the computer originally came.. If that partition gets formated, it's off to the store to buy Vista. Then hit the web and re-download all of the drivers.

People should be very cautious about deleting or formating that strange partition on their hard drive.
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Old April 19 2009, 11:32 PM   #13
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Yea I think perhaps I will just leave it for now. Avast and Malewarebytes aren't seeing anything wrong with it, So I'll let it be.
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Old April 19 2009, 11:34 PM   #14
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It is normal because the actual capacity does not equal the formatted capacity.
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Old April 20 2009, 12:46 AM   #15
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Just format d:, what's the worst that could happen?


It's happened before...
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