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Slembroccoli
Slembroccoli
Posts: 79

Hi
I have a Dell Studio 15 and there is 500 GB HDD installed. I haven't thought about (until now) that:

1. My C:\ - Drive appears to only have 451 GB available. (when I open it) (see image below)

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2. My D:\ - Drive appears to be empty, but contains 8,18 GB??? (see image ABOVE)

Why is it like this?

Thanks
Anton S

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LH
LH
Posts: 20002

D: is your recovery partition. You should have instructions on how to use it.

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Slembroccoli
Slembroccoli
Posts: 79

When i open it, it's TOTALLY empty (as far as something's not "super"-hidden (i've set my computer to view hidden files as well).
Should it be like this?

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LH
LH
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What does it look like in Disk Management,
Enter diskmgmt.msc in a Run box.

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Slembroccoli
Slembroccoli
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Nor my C:\-drive or my D:\-drive shows up at all??

(My DVD drive and my virtual (VirtualCloneDrive) drives show up)

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LH
LH
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Can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window ?

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Slembroccoli
Slembroccoli
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Sure, just gonna eat some pudding ; )

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Bartman
Bartman
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Slem. Translation please.

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Slembroccoli
Slembroccoli
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3 images, 1 for each section of scroll (reversed order)

I ate Créme Brulee (or however it's spelled)

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ispalten
ispalten
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No, it isn't 'totally empty'. It has about 1/2 used, 6.9GB's.

Why you can't see it, could be a few reasons. One could be you don't 'own' those files, especially if you are NOT an Administrator.

What are you using to look at it? Windows Explorer? Is it set to show you system files?

What happens when you open a COMMAND PROMPT and switch to D:?

On my system, also from Dell, my D: is also a RECOVERY partition. Here are the results of my D: drive from DIR :

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D:\>dir
Volume in drive D is RECOVERY
Volume Serial Number is 125A-B776

Directory of D:\

11/02/2009 07:14 PM <DIR> archive_db
05/08/2009 03:03 PM <DIR> RECOVERY
05/10/2009 02:00 PM 364 rmcInfo.txt
1 File(s) 364 bytes
2 Dir(s) 7,452,508,160 bytes free
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When you look in the above Folders though they appear empty. Not so, use the parameters on DIR to show hidden system files and it looks like this :

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D:\>dir /ash
Volume in drive D is RECOVERY
Volume Serial Number is 125A-B776

Directory of D:\

05/08/2009 03:04 PM <DIR> $RECYCLE.BIN
04/30/2004 03:01 PM 53 AUTORUN.INF
05/08/2009 03:03 PM <DIR> BOOT
05/08/2009 03:03 PM <DIR> DELL
04/16/2008 08:51 AM 102 Desktop.ini
10/28/2008 10:16 AM 79,088 Info.exe
12/31/2009 07:49 AM 244 Master.log
05/10/2009 01:10 PM <DIR> preload
05/08/2009 03:03 PM <DIR> Program Files
05/08/2009 03:03 PM <DIR> ProgramData
04/15/2008 02:33 PM 47,233 protect.ed
04/15/2008 02:33 PM 47,233 protect.english
05/10/2009 01:32 PM <DIR> sources
05/08/2009 03:02 PM 173 ST_InstallBackup.ini
05/06/2009 10:04 AM <DIR> System Volume Information
05/08/2009 03:03 PM <DIR> Tools
05/08/2009 03:03 PM <DIR> Users
05/08/2009 03:03 PM <DIR> Windows
7 File(s) 174,126 bytes
11 Dir(s) 7,452,508,160 bytes free
================================

Note ALL the files are SYSTEM HIDDEN, and if using Windows Explorer, UNLESS you have changed the options for it to show you these, you DO NOT see them.

I would expect yours to look like the above too.

To 'use' that partition, on a boot when you see the Dell BIOS screen, press F12 and you'll get a boot menu. You can boot to the Recovery Partition from there usually. There is also a special key combo Dell support will ask you to use if they want you to recover the C: drive.

Irv S.

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Slembroccoli
Slembroccoli
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Thanks Irv, I changed the options so i could see system files, and my D:-drive was NOT empty.

<Solved>

Thank you
Anton S

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