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Why is my D drive almost full??How do I empty it?

Hello everyone:

I am having a problem with my computer which is a POS.

Brief Specs:

Intel Celeron D
Win XP Home SP2
HP Pavilion 061
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name HP_COMP
System Manufacturer HP Pavilion 061
System Model ED822AA-ABA a1101n
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1 GenuineIntel ~2933 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.08, 5/9/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"

Total Physical Memory 1,536.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 944.52 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.09 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Drive C:
Description Local Fixed Disk
Compressed No
File System NTFS
Size 86.19 GB (92,541,169,664 bytes)
Free Space 66.89 GB (71,819,972,608 bytes)
Volume Serial Number 1CC60643

Drive D:
Description Local Fixed Disk
Compressed No
File System FAT32
Size 6.96 GB (7,471,329,280 bytes)
Free Space 1.83 GB (1,960,820,736 bytes)
Volume Serial Number 42AE5CCE

My problem is that my D drive as you can see doesnt have so much room left. When I start up my computer it takes a year and a month to load up all the start up icons on the bottom right by the clock. I deleted many programs and used "Defragment & Disk Clean up" it didnt do much in regards to giving me more speed.

Why is the D drive filling up? Is there a way in which I can make it stop filling itself up? Is there a way for me to delete the stuff in the D drive to free up more space?

Is there any solutions as opposed to "reformating".

I am not very computer savy so I really need step by step instructions to fix this problem.

I appreciate everyones help.


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That's normal

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That's normal, since that is a special recovery partition. It contains everything needed to revert your system back to factory spec. You should just leave it be.

In the future though, you might want to avoid brands like HP and Compaq (same company) and Acer, Gateway, and Emachines (same company). Based on my observations, those brand systems have disproportionately high complaint rates compared to other brands. I tend to think it has to do with shoddy build quality and/or lax quality control, but the why isn't really all that important. What is important, is that these brands seem to make up more than their fair share of the total number of complaints. That says something to me, and it's basically to stay far far away.

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Ok I should stay away from these brands...So what do I do now?

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Nothing is what you do for the problem you started this discussion about, because it's not actually a problem. It's a special recovery partition you're complaining about, and it's supposed to be mostly full, because it's generally only just big enough (to the nearest GB usually) to hold everything needed to restore the system back to factory spec. It's probably best to just leave that partition alone, and pretend like it doesn't exist.

If your computer is running slowly, then that's a whole other issue. It's hard to say from what little info you gave about the slow performance, but a good place to start is what do you do about virus and spyware/malware prevention/cleanup?

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I am using Norton Internet Security 2008 & Norton Systemworks.

I think my main problem with my computer is that when I am starting up the computer it takes forever for the start up items on the bottom right near the clock to load up. Im there hearing the computer fan turn on and make all these noises for about 5 minutes.

Sometimes when I am on internet explorer looking at web sites a message will pop up near the clock saying "Windows Virtual Memory Low!" and suddenly more internet browsing slows up.

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We have naysayers for every brand. On topic...

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delete d drive icons

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how do I determine which icons are safe to delete from driver file?

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