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I HAVE PLENTY OF SPACE ON MY C: BUT NONE ON MY D: FOR BACKUP. i KEEP RECEIVING THE MESSAGE-LOW DISK SPACE. DO I NEED TO REFORMAT OR PARTITION MY HARD DRIVE:? P.S. tHE COMPUTER RUNS REALLY SLOW AND OCCASIONALLY REBOOTS.

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Assuming that "C:" is the drive where your OS resides, the chances are something is trying to write to "D" and that's when you get that out of space message.

You shouldn't have to reformat anything.

Try freeing up some space on your "D:" drive first.
Look for old stuff to delete, and, or, backup stuff by burning it to a CDROM or DVD (which is a better backup anyhow).

Also if a lot of the data on "D:" is things like large text files and you have Windows XP or greater then you can right click on a folder, click on "Advanced" then "Compress contents..".
You might be able to free up a lot of space this way.
But a word of warning, this can be a slow process, and it won't help with things like movies, JPG graphics, MP3 files, etc., as these are very compressed already.

Since you are already having some kind of space issues the chances are your drive(s) are very fragmented causing a slow down.
First get a junk cleaner like the free "CCleaner" and run that.
You might be surprised how much it cleans up.
I've seen it clean out over one GB of junk before (temp files, internet chache, log files, etc).
Then right click on your drive icons starting with "C:".
Under the properties go to the "Tools" tab then "Defrag now".
Let it do it's thing, then do the same thing for your "D:" drive.
If you are uncertain just Google for "How to defrag my hard drive?".

Reboot after you are done.
These things should noticeably speed up the performance of your machine right away.
And it might even solve your rebooting problem.

Then finally go back to Google again and search for "free online virus scan".
Use only a legitimate site like Trendmicro, Kaspersky, Symantec, etc.
Let the virus scanner scan your system and clean any virus it might find.

Also you might try reducing resident programs, that show up on your task bar. Like instant messenger programs, and those little "helper programs" that only "help" by stealing resources away.
Either uninstall these programs or use "msconfig" to keep them from starting.
Google for "msconfig" on how to do this.

Might sound complicated but these are PC maintenance steps that every PC tech will know and something you might have to do every six months or so depending on how much you use your computer.




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