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  • Most programs go to a C-drive but why not to my D-drive? Can heavy programs be moved from C to D? Why are there 2 drives?
    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 8:13 AM

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  • Here are a few points that may be of interest to you:

    1. Run Disk Management by right-clicking Computer > Manage > Storage > Disk Management. The drive that is labelled as System and Active is where the boot files are stored for every Windows operating system that is installed. It is where the initial booting starts from and, if you're multi-booting, it produces a list of operating systems on the screen. The operating system you boot to, will be labelled as Boot, Crash Dump and Page File, and is given the drive letter C, which is not necessarily the System/Active drive, i.e. you’re not necessarily booting to the usual leftmost partition in the Disk Management graphic display. Also, the Page File could have been disabled or moved to a different drive to, say, alleviate disk space problems.

    The first installed disk is numbered as disk zero and the next one is 1, etc. however, partitions are numbered from 1 onwards, not zero for each disk. If you have a pre-installed version of Windows, you may have partitions without drive letters and a manufacturer’s recovery partition. These can be disregarded in terms of booting.

    A single Windows installation will contain six attributes: Primary, System, Active, Boot, Page File and Crash Dump, although the Page File could have been disabled or moved.

    Make a note of your drives and their respective sizes, post back here with the details if you want to know more about them.

    2. Programs are normally installed to C:\Program Files. You could change this to a different drive by changing a registry key. You cannot move installed programs from one drive to another, but you could uninstall them, change the registry and reinstall them to a different drive.

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 2:55 PM