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  1. #1


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    Two drives - confused


    Okay I pretty much have taught myself everything I know so I would say I know "enough" or at least I can usually research it and figure it out. Well something very odd has happened and I need help, I think. I installed Windows OS 8.1 and when installing it, there were two partitions (?) to install it into and I think that might have something to do with this...before installing it, I knew there would be some type of access to my old system (Vista) but I made sure to remove everything I could to make room for the new OS; wasn't a great amount of space left but it was sufficient enough for now. Well come to find out I now have a "C" drive and I think the other is a "D" drive (I'm going to post a picture). The space I think I had is now in "D" drive and I am downloading MS Office and it's telling me I do not have enough space to install (suggests something like you do not have 3006 mb of space in preferred installation destination, please clear some space or choose a different destination). Well this prompted me to try to copy and paste the files to the "D" drive which also gave me the same message. There is space there, and I'm not sure what is going on and there is no option to change the install to a different drive or etc. My first question is should I have installed 8.1 this way and two, how do I combine the space when I need to add programs; I have to add Nero and Adobe yet, so this question is hopefully going to cover any further questions I have with other programs.
    What I think might have happened is when I chose where I was going to install 8.1, it called just for enough space to load it but now I'm totally lost on how to use 8.1, and it's important that I have MS Word and Adobe (For school). Click image for larger version

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    C: partition is to small.

    Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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  3. #3


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    Quick reply...


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    C: partition is to small.

    Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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    Thank you very much for your quick reply. I will do this in a half hour or so - funny you asked this because at the time i posted this, I did have the Disk mgmt open because I seen someone else ask about it in a different post. Well at least I know I can do that. I will do this in a few, I'm on my Vista right now because I needed to finish something and it's the only place I can access my Word and pdf-s. Please look for my reply soon (but at your convenience of course) because I would greatly appreciate your help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    C: partition is to small.

    Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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    Click image for larger version
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    I'm afraid that you have a mess of hard disk there. Best thing would be to back up most needed files somewhere else and during installation of Windows 8 you can "kill" all the partitions, make one new only and install OS on it. After you install all programs you feel you need you can than make a new partition for data if you want to, leaving 25 - 50 % of total so occupied space empty for future considerations.
    That way you'll end up with boot sector and OS in the same place on the beginning of the disk where it all belongs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I'm afraid that you have a mess of hard disk there. Best thing would be to back up most needed files somewhere else and during installation of Windows 8 you can "kill" all the partitions, make one new only and install OS on it. After you install all programs you feel you need you can than make a new partition for data if you want to, leaving 25 - 50 % of total so occupied space empty for future considerations.
    That way you'll end up with boot sector and OS in the same place on the beginning of the disk where it all belongs.
    I thought it was odd the way they told me to do it, use to have a picture of it but not sure if I can find it again. If I do, I will post that later. I think I understand all this and I'm going to try it; I may have more questions later but tyvm! I'm not worried about what is on there, most of what I need is backed up on my external hard drive thank goodness, I just was worried about reloading my programs again. thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brohdaw View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I'm afraid that you have a mess of hard disk there. Best thing would be to back up most needed files somewhere else and during installation of Windows 8 you can "kill" all the partitions, make one new only and install OS on it. After you install all programs you feel you need you can than make a new partition for data if you want to, leaving 25 - 50 % of total so occupied space empty for future considerations.
    That way you'll end up with boot sector and OS in the same place on the beginning of the disk where it all belongs.
    I thought it was odd the way they told me to do it, use to have a picture of it but not sure if I can find it again. If I do, I will post that later. I think I understand all this and I'm going to try it; I may have more questions later but tyvm! I'm not worried about what is on there, most of what I need is backed up on my external hard drive thank goodness, I just was worried about reloading my programs again. thanks again!

    I wish there was a way to just edit so these posts that are just "addtl information" could be added as an edit anyway, I cant' find the picture I was referring to but my friend told me what they were, one choice was "Upgrade install" and the other was "custom install" - after choosing "custom install" the choices were "Drive 0 Partition 1" with system as 'type' and "Drive 0 Partition 2" with 'primary' or blank type, I chose this one --- I should have followed my feeling but the person who told me to choose the second one is usually pretty "smart" when it comes to computers - but this time, she failed lol --- learning experience for me I guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I'm afraid that you have a mess of hard disk there. Best thing would be to back up most needed files somewhere else and during installation of Windows 8 you can "kill" all the partitions, make one new only and install OS on it. After you install all programs you feel you need you can than make a new partition for data if you want to, leaving 25 - 50 % of total so occupied space empty for future considerations.
    That way you'll end up with boot sector and OS in the same place on the beginning of the disk where it all belongs.


    To clean install:
    1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
    than
    2a) Clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.

    2b) Clean Install - Windows 8

    2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I'm afraid that you have a mess of hard disk there. Best thing would be to back up most needed files somewhere else and during installation of Windows 8 you can "kill" all the partitions, make one new only and install OS on it. After you install all programs you feel you need you can than make a new partition for data if you want to, leaving 25 - 50 % of total so occupied space empty for future considerations.
    That way you'll end up with boot sector and OS in the same place on the beginning of the disk where it all belongs.




    To clean install:
    1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
    than
    2a) Clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.

    2b) Clean Install - Windows 8

    2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    okay thank you! I'm not sure when I'm going to start this because I am sure this will be a long "project" lol (sorry, said my msg was too long so I had to add a little too much info lol)
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  10. #10


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I'm afraid that you have a mess of hard disk there. Best thing would be to back up most needed files somewhere else and during installation of Windows 8 you can "kill" all the partitions, make one new only and install OS on it. After you install all programs you feel you need you can than make a new partition for data if you want to, leaving 25 - 50 % of total so occupied space empty for future considerations.
    That way you'll end up with boot sector and OS in the same place on the beginning of the disk where it all belongs.


    To clean install:
    1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
    than
    2a) Clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.

    2b) Clean Install - Windows 8

    2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    Okay CountMike and theog...let me make sure this is what I am doing before I mess something up...I like having someone I can ask before doing it. I've done a lot on my own but then comes the anticipation of whether it's going to work or not and if not, how to fix it lol...so this saves me that trouble and hopefully time...

    I'm going to follow the SSD/HDD link provided by theog - and complete step one only (correct?) but I am going to do this to both my drives (correct?) I'm assuming the 8.1 disk will have a boot up so it wont matter that there's nothing left on my drive (right?).

    And CountMike, I am not sure if you were assuming I know how or why I would want to create partitions but if I'm going to start from "scratch" so-to-speak, I don't need to do that? Or do I?

    Basically I'm starting with a "Blank" computer and starting over?

    Just double checking cuz there is some caution in my head about removing both but then I start thinking it wont matter. I also read on there about a MBR - I don't have to do that either, right?
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