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  • why does my laptop have 2 hard drives (data "D" & system "C") D is virtually empty 388GB space from 395GB and C keeps telling me nearly full 1GB space from 50GB

    Sunday, February 7, 2016 3:06 PM

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  • If your laptop came with 2 HHDs it's because that is the way the manufacturer designed it.  You would have to ask the manufacturer why your laptop was designed and sold with 2 HDDs.

    The most likely re4ason why your C; drive is getting full is because you most likely have been saving almost everything to your C; drive instead of your D: drive.

    It is up to you to configure your browser to save downloaded files to the D: drive and use the D: drive for storage of pictures and other files you want to save.


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    Sunday, February 7, 2016 5:46 PM
  • It's not 2 hard drives, it's one physical hard drive with 2 partitions (or virtual hard drives). Partitions are created to separate system files and folders from personal files and folders.

    Operating systems use a part of the partition for system purposes and hence, the free space varies with the filesystem. For example, in case of NTFS (New Technology File System, most preferred file system in Windows), files and folder details like compression and encryption are saved in System Volume Information at the root of a partition (like D:\System Volume Information). Due to this folder, the size is utilized.

    In case of FAT32 (File Allocation Table,  32-bit, preferred with external removable devices like pendrive), the same 392 GB HDD will have about 390 GB of free space. This file system, unlike NTFS, doesn't have the compression or encryption attributes, therefore, the free space is more than NTFS.

    C:\ partition, where Windows is installed, requires a minimum of 30 GB for installation and usage. Further, virtual memory increases the space utilized. Hence for 50 GB allocated to C:\, it gets easily utilized and so you're seeing the space warning.


    Balaji Kundalam

    Monday, February 8, 2016 4:53 AM

All replies

  • If your laptop came with 2 HHDs it's because that is the way the manufacturer designed it.  You would have to ask the manufacturer why your laptop was designed and sold with 2 HDDs.

    The most likely re4ason why your C; drive is getting full is because you most likely have been saving almost everything to your C; drive instead of your D: drive.

    It is up to you to configure your browser to save downloaded files to the D: drive and use the D: drive for storage of pictures and other files you want to save.


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

    Sunday, February 7, 2016 5:46 PM
  • It's not 2 hard drives, it's one physical hard drive with 2 partitions (or virtual hard drives). Partitions are created to separate system files and folders from personal files and folders.

    Operating systems use a part of the partition for system purposes and hence, the free space varies with the filesystem. For example, in case of NTFS (New Technology File System, most preferred file system in Windows), files and folder details like compression and encryption are saved in System Volume Information at the root of a partition (like D:\System Volume Information). Due to this folder, the size is utilized.

    In case of FAT32 (File Allocation Table,  32-bit, preferred with external removable devices like pendrive), the same 392 GB HDD will have about 390 GB of free space. This file system, unlike NTFS, doesn't have the compression or encryption attributes, therefore, the free space is more than NTFS.

    C:\ partition, where Windows is installed, requires a minimum of 30 GB for installation and usage. Further, virtual memory increases the space utilized. Hence for 50 GB allocated to C:\, it gets easily utilized and so you're seeing the space warning.


    Balaji Kundalam

    Monday, February 8, 2016 4:53 AM
  • Hi,

    As Rick Dee and Balaji mentioned, it is default by manufacturer. Some space is used for saving data for the drive itself.

    Wish you have a nice day.

    Best Regards,

    Simon


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    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3:24 AM
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