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I need some help. My computer would not connect with windows after being shut down. The gateway tech support told me to upload the windows operating system cd, and that rebooted my entire computer.

As I began to install programs again, I noticed that my C drive is extremely small and almost entirely used.

C Drive:
374 MB free of 9.73 GB

D Drive:
55 GB of 139 GB

I do not have any unnecessary program files or programs installed in my computer. I only have have very necessary and minimal program loaded in my C Drive. I have also cleared up all my temporary folders and other temporary storages using ATF Cleaner, and CCcleaner, and even manually. I don't have any huge data files in my C Drive.

I also tried to access my hidden folders but when i right click on start and click explore, I can't find the tools menu. Any suggestions?
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The gateway tech support told me to upload the windows operating system cd

What did exactly happen here?
It was Windows repair, installation over the top, or total format?
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I'm not sure which. When I inserted the disk it said that it was re-installing the windows vista operating system with a warning similar to "this process erases all data and files from the hard drive." The technician said that I could then start from scratch like when you first purchase a computer. I don't remember how much space I had in my Cdrive before, but now it is less than 10GB which seems way too small. I think I might have some of the old info hidden somewhere.
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Your profile says XP, and we're talking about Vista here?
Installing Vista on 10GB partition is close to impossible.
I mean, it's technically possible, but couple of days later that partition is gonna be full without even installing any extra programs.
What does the CD/DVD say? What's the name of it?
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yes, I meant vista, I apologize. The disk's title says "Gateway Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit Operating System Disc."
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Are C, and D drive just partitions of a same drive, or different drives?
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I have never manually partitioned them, but I'm not sure.

I just went to the control panel, and then disk managment, it has the c and d drives highlighted in blue and the label is primary partition but I don't really know what this means...

Edited by morgank, 09 June 2009 - 10:42 PM.

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This is my main drive (in red rectangle). As you can see, I have 1 Disc 0 with two partitions, C, and D (listed on the same line):

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Are yours the same?
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Yes!
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Do you have any important data on D partition?
You definitely need to merge those two partitions, and create one drive.
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Not really. I have a lot of the same files on that drive too for some reason. How would I go about merging them together? And will I have to had another drive (maybe external) at some point?
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Well, if you merge both partitions, you're gonna have ~150GB drive, so you should be fine.
One important thing before we proceed...
Is Vista installed on C?
To confirm, click Start, and in "Start search" type in:
cmd
Press Enter.
What does command prompt say?
It should say something like:
C:\Users\your_name
Important is first letter (C in my case).
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The windows folders are the same on each. I typed cmd into search and a lot of folders came up, but none started with what you said. There weren't any that started with D either...
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You did something wrong.
When you type cmd in "Start search", and press Enter, separate window like this should open:

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Instead of pressing just Enter, hold CTRL, and SHIFT keys, and press Enter.
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ok I got the same screen. but it didn't say C:/user/morg

it said C:/windows/system32>

**I tried it again and it came up with C:/user/morg** :)

Edited by morgank, 09 June 2009 - 11:52 PM.

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