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My asus pc has a C drive and D drive - use of D drive?

by lmpmd / January 8, 2011 6:34 AM PST

My asus pc has a C and D drive. I don't see any recovery option or files, so there's no partition for recovery as I can see. But all my files (pics, music) are going onto the C drive. Nothing goes to the D drive as I can see, but that's the bigger drive. I think these are both are on one physical drive. Should I keep all my data on the D drive including pics and music. The PC doesn't do that by default, but I suppose I can move everything there. I don't want to mess things up. Just create folders on the D drive and cut and paste my data (from the C drive there? I have win 7. Any advice appreciated.

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Is the D: partition allocated and formatted ?
by VAPCMD / January 8, 2011 8:38 AM PST

If yes....I'd copy the data folders (all) .... to D: Then I'd go to the various program to set the program defaults for data files, downloads, e-mail, etc., Once you've got it changed...then delete the data from folders on C:

Exactly what sizes are the 2 partitions ?

What are you doing for backup ??


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There's very little on the D drive.
by lmpmd / January 8, 2011 9:15 AM PST

I back up to an external HD. The C drive is 372 gb the D drive is 550 gb. I guess this might be complicated - getting programs to see the data the D drive. Never thought about that. Is that easy?

I tried moving a picture to the D drive and it went there. This is how my best buy asus computer shipped. How do I tell if the D drive is partition allocated and formatted?

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For example what programs are you referring to ?
by VAPCMD / January 8, 2011 9:57 AM PST

Re status of with

Control Panel
Admin Tools
Computer Mgmt
Disk Mgmt

Some programs simply default where you save other words if you save all downloads to d:\downloads..... Windows will usually start saving downloads there. Office used to have default directories that you could set per Office App ...Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc., For what it's worth I've always put my data on D: most often a separate partition but currently a separate drive. That way I can do most anything I want with C: (wipe it or reimage it) without affecting any of my data which is always saved on D:..including e-mails.


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If you can see the D: drive in Windows Explorer it is ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 9, 2011 4:19 AM PST

a formatted partition and being able to move the file to it confirms this.

Using the Disk Management tool VAPCMD pointed the way to should most likely show you a third partition which would be a recovery partition if it has one.

When installing applications almost all have a point early in the installation where you can either choose a custom installation or simply choose where you want to install the application to. Make it a habit to point the installation to the D: drive and that is where the vast majority of the application's files will be written to.

You might consider uninstalling some of your already installed applications and re-installing them this way.

Move your My Documents folders to the D: drive by opening Windows Explorer and right clicking the My Documents folder then selecting Properties. Now you will see an option to move them to wherever you want them.

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What programs can u run from D: drive?
by Caine904 / January 13, 2016 10:33 PM PST

I have about the exact some laptop as the OP and came across this thread tryin to figure out how to change my download path to D: I figured that out (thanks) but im wondering do programs run the same from D: as they would from OS:? being that the name of the hard drive is OS: has me wondering if games and other apps will launch and run the same being in the data drive. specifically games. since all my drivers etc are installed in OS: I realize this post is old so im hoping U are still around to give me your all knowing advice xD thanks for your time.

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Don't install programs on D
by Richard Mailman / February 10, 2016 8:01 AM PST

You can install games on the D driver but some of the information will be contained in the registry (always on the boot drive, usually C) and possibly in other common folders on C. This overrides the whole purpose of having a separate data drive. In many/most programs, you can specify where your data is kept, but the inner workings of a program when installed in Windows are complicated. As others have suggested, install all of your programs to the C drive, and when possible, use the data drive only for data. There are several advantages to doing this. First, you can do separate backups: 1) your C drive (programs) and system image; and 2) your data (in this case drive D). Backups of programs and system image (using Windows Backup or third party software) only need to be done periodically after significant changes to your system or programs. Backups of data can/should be done every day. One trick I use is a batch file that contains the following command: (you can also type this into a CMD windows or into a RUN dialog):
xcopy D:\*.* X:\ /S /M /Y
X should be the drive letter of your backup external hard disk).
This takes any file that has not been archived on drive D and copies it to Drive X with the same folder structure. The next time you run it, it will only copy new files and files that have been changed (the /Y overwrites files already on the backup drive without requiring a prompt). The advantage of this is that the files on the backup drive can be read on any computer without having to do a restore or use other software. I use this every day and it has saved my bacon several times.

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thanks for the guidance
by dfinne4735 / July 14, 2011 8:23 AM PDT

computer less than 6 months old so thought i had a virus in spite of numerous scans. thanks for the help.

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Hidden C-drive on crashed ASUS laptop
by Markat01 / February 12, 2016 8:34 AM PST

My ASUS has two drives as well. A C-drive and a D-drive. The laptop recently crashed and refused to boot. So I decided to remove the hard drives so I could extract the data. However, I can only find one Hard Drive and it appears to contain only the D-drive information. Can someone explain to me where the C-drive is physically located or how did the laptop appear to have two drives?

Please Help!!

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Tip: don't hide your new questions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 12, 2016 8:53 AM PST

This discussion is almost 5 years old. Folk may not see your new question.

Data recovery is a subject that is best done in your new post.

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