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Full hard drive on Acer Aspire notebooks.

by mathie12 / June 15, 2009 4:51 AM PDT

I have an Acer Aspire 5710 Notebook. There is an Intel core 2 duo processor, 2 MB L2 cache, 1 GB DDR2, 80 GB HDD. One of the 2 hard drives is now full and I wish to use the other one. Can someone tell me how to switch over the hard drives if it can be done? It dosent seem to swap over automatically, and I have done the usual disk clean up, etc. Cheers

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Two Notebook HDD?
by TimWoodChip Intel staff / June 15, 2009 7:54 AM PDT

Mathie,
Are you sure about the two HDDs? Majority of consumer notebooks do not have two internal HDDs. If you do have two internal HDDs then both drives should be visible under My Computer (unless they are set up in a RAID config to mirror each other)If in fact you only have one HDD and it is full then easiest solution is to purchase an external HDD and dump some files from your notebook to the external drive or you could take your notebook into a PC shop and have atechnician install a larger internal HDD. Just make sure they back your data up first. Hope this helps

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I'm
by 1shado1 / June 15, 2009 11:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Two Notebook HDD?

Guessing that it's one HDD, partioned in two. Which would still show as 2 separate drives under my computer, wouldn't it?

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thanks for the info
by mathie12 / June 15, 2009 3:23 PM PDT
In reply to: I'm

In my computer it shows an "C" and a "D" drive both with 32.5 GB of space. Which may be one hhd split into 2. Is there anything I can do?

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Well, I'm certainly No Computer Wizard, But when I Got My...
by 1shado1 / June 15, 2009 7:08 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks for the info

New netbook, it came with a 160GB HDD with multiple partitions. I wanted a larger drive without those partitions. So I cloned the 160GB drive to a new 500GB drive (you can skip this step). It still had the 4 partitions, so I used this to make the drive 2 partitions (to dual boot both XP and Windows 7):

http://www.partition-tool.com/

YOU can use it to simply make your "C" and "D" partitions into one large "C" drive, without the loss of any of your previous data.

Perhaps someone else will come along with a better solution than this, but it is what worked for me. Good luck! Happy

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i would
by deniceels / June 16, 2009 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks for the info

just get a super large external harddisk, keep my backups of the original stuffs from D drive in it while starting new collections. It's much faster to expand your capacity without having to reinstall or recloning your current, and furthermore, you can even leave your laptop and bring your external drive to work on it at another computer should you feel lazy to or have a desktop at another location (which I have).

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The Point
by 1shado1 / June 16, 2009 1:35 AM PDT
In reply to: i would

Was that the one HDD is split into TWO partitions. The C partition is full. There IS nothing on the D partition. The OP wants to know how to automatically make the computer start saving files to the D partition, instead of it trying to save files on the C partition, and discovering it is full.

Using an external drive (perhaps as a backup for data) makes perfect sense, but doesn't solve the issue of getting the computer automatically start using the blank space on the D partition. Is there a way to get the computer to use the D partition as the default for any future files?

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No mention that C
by deniceels / June 16, 2009 5:49 PM PDT
In reply to: The Point

drive was full, but one of the splitted drive is. So IF the files are stored in "My documents" and that is causing the full C drive, I would redirect the folder to the other drive to shift everything over by doing:

"Right-click 'My documents' -> Click on 'Move' -> specify the location where you want them to be shifted.

Else: I would just move the folders I've created to the new drive.
Or: I get those partition manager to resize the harddisk (only if you know what you REALLY am doing).

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