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The hard drive on my son's acer 5920 laptop is nearly full and he can't get any more games to install but I can see it has a data drive how do I use this hard drive

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Hi,

Initially, I suspect that actually it is still a single hard drive but has been partitioned into two, the C being the working drive and the D or E as the data drive. Depending on the space availability, eveytime a new game is to be installed, you can instruct the installer to install/use on this D: (or E:) drive instead of the regular C:\.. Windows and the the game program will know where it was installed/saved and run from there without any other intervention from the user.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

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