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Hard drive unpartitioning

I have sony VGN-FS285B laptop with 2 hard drives of 40 GB each, one is near to finish and i am unable to use the second. Couls you help me with resolve this so that I can use the both please.

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  • furness Nov 04, 2008

    This laptop came in with C and D drive partitioned to 40 GB, I can use the C drive while whole of the D drive is empty and laptop recognise it completly. There has been no hardware modifications on this laptop.


  • furness Nov 05, 2008

    All the things that I download or save go to C drive and is only 2GB left while the D drive is 28 GB free. How to get the stuff to D rive which I wan to save on hard drive. I hope this makes it much clearer.

  • furness Nov 07, 2008

    Many thanks, problem solved.



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It would help to know why you aren't able to use the second drive. Is it not working at all? Does your computer recognize the drive? Did the second drive come with the computer and, if not (or even if it did), has it been formatted? Is it one drive that has been partitioned into two drives?

If the second drive is a seperate drive, and it has been formatted, you should be able to use it for storage if nothing else but you will still have to boot from the first drive unless you want to reinstall your operating system on the second drive - which really won't solve your problem.

Would it be possible for you to elaborate on the problem a little more?

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  • GrayesGhost Nov 04, 2008

    Ok - I'm just a little bit confused. If the computer recognizes the second drive, are you having problems accessing the drive and, if not, what are you wanting to use it for other than storage?

  • GrayesGhost Nov 05, 2008

    Ok, yes that is much clearer. Probably the easiest way to transfer the files and/or folders would be to open My Computer and go to your C: Drive. Once you have selected the C:\ drive and expanded the files and folders tree (just click on the + sign beside the C:. This is assuming that you are using XP. If you are using Vista the you will click on the > symbol beside the C:. This will expand the tree and you can then scroll down to the files and folders that you want to move to the D: drive. (An other way of expanding the tree would be to Right click on the C: and, when the menu opens click on Open if using XP or Expand if using Vista. Once the tree is expanded, simply scroll down to the files and/or folders that you want to move and then right click on each in turn. You can select more than one file or folder if you hold down the Control key while you are clicking but I would do it just one file or folder at a time until you get the feel of it. Once you have selected the file or folder that you want to copy, just right click on it and when the menu opens up, click on copy (you can also use the Cut command to save a step if you want to) then switch to the D: drive, open it up and right click inside the D: drive window. When the menu opens up, simply select paste and the file or folder will be copied from the C: drive to the D: drive. You can then go back to the C: drive and delete the file or folder that you have just copied. (As stated earlier, you can also use the Cut command and then when you do the paste, the file or folder will be moved to the D: drive and you won't have to go back and delete them. NOW - keep in mind that this only works for files and folders that are not connected to an installed program. You CAN NOT safely move files or folders from an installed program. (Well, strictly speaking you can, but that is extremely complicated and you will need additional software to do the job and we won't go into that here.) Any files that you have downloaded and haven't installed can be moved easily. Also, even if you have installed the program, you can still move the original file that you downloaded, just not files or folders from the installed program itself.

    Hope that helps - Graye

  • GrayesGhost Nov 08, 2008

    One other thought - with one single drive partitioned into two drives, you can get a program such as partition magic and turn it back into a single drive.



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