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how to change default hard drive from c to d

by bevest1 / October 1, 2005 12:45 PM PDT

I recently had 80mg hard drive (D)added to my hp Invent with windows xp. My default drive (C) has 20mgs and is running out of space. I am certain that in trying to transfer my itunes to the D drive, I just inadvertantly made multiple copies of my itunes and made my c drive even smaller. I'd prefer to make D my default drive, since it's bigger. Can I do that? If not, can I find and delete extra copies of itunes?

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Re: default drive
by Kees Bakker / October 1, 2005 9:06 PM PDT

Bevest1,

There's no such thing as a 'default drive', except that the BIOS looks in the c:-drive when looking for something it can boot from. Can you explain what you really want?

What do you mean with itunes? The program or the music files?
You can't copy a program and expect it to work. All you can do is uninstall and reinstall to a new location. If you made any non-working copies, you can safely remove them with Windows Explorer.

And you surely can delete duplicate music files with Windows Explorer. Just keep one copy to listen to in the location your music program expects them (that's somewhere in Tools>Options or equivalent, depending on the music program).

Hope this helps.


Kees

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You need to understand how to use
by Ray Harinec / October 2, 2005 4:13 AM PDT

the asdded drive, NOT change the boot [default drive]. Some links:

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6122-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=128267&messageID=1449456 [ignore the next to last by jwlI or something.

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6122-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=125684&messageID=1422827 {ignore the early section where we determine that she actually had a second drive [partition]. Windows handkles a partition EXACTLY as if it were a separate drive]

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6122-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=126499&messageID=1431328&tag=
Read Ed O'Daniels inputs especially.

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Kees/Ray
by bevest1 / October 2, 2005 5:13 PM PDT

Thanks. I have read the threads you suggested and it sounds like I need to move my document folders, especially the folder containing my music over to my D: drive and then also uninstall my itunes program on the C: drive and reinstall it on the D: drive. Correct?

Bev

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More or less correct.
by Kees Bakker / October 2, 2005 7:27 PM PDT
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But I doubt if you win much space by moving the program. Programs generally are very small. The real space is occupied by the data (documents, music, movies etc).
There are exceptions, like games, but I don't expect itunes to be such a program.

Hope you succeed,


Kees

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Yes, that's one step. The next
by Ray Harinec / October 3, 2005 12:48 AM PDT
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is to develop the discipline/procedures to ONLY install files, programs, downloads etc to the D drive.

After you move enough things from the C drive, do a defrag on that drive, if it has enough space to perform the defrag, your future use should be fine.

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Thanks Ray and Kees
by bevest1 / October 9, 2005 10:02 AM PDT

I moved my itunes and my documents over to D: drive and now have a little over 6gig on C: drive does that sound reasonable to work with or do I need to move more stuff?

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6 GB is plenty space to havwe on the boot drive,
by Ray Harinec / October 9, 2005 10:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Ray and Kees

as long as you do not allow anything else to load onto it EXCEPT THAT even the programs that you install on the D drive will put a small amount of data/files on the C drive, however the amount is very small.

The info that they put on the boot drive are entires into .dll files etc or their own such files that are needed by Windows to find the program.

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