Disk too full after new install
Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:41 AM
Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:04 AM
Did you format the C: drive during install?
Maybe you didn't remove the old windows installation, if it's the case then if you ran the Windows Disk Cleanup it should offer you the option to delete Previous Windows installations and Service Pack Backup Files
Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:37 AM
Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:57 AM
Thank you Sleepy. The old files do not show up on "Disk Cleanup" so I formatted the smaller 37GB disk and I'm installing Windows 7 on that drive. Then, I should be able to format the larger 69GB disk. I'll let you know how it works.
Ok, Hope your Windows 7 install disk includes Service Pack 1 or you will have a very long ride to install all the windows updates, with SP1 will be less.
After all the updates if everything is working properly you can use the disk cleanup to remove the Windows Update Cleanup, this will remove the backups created during the install of updates and usually take some GB of space. If the Disk Cleanup doesn't show that option make sure you install the KB2852386 update.
37GB will be enough for Windows but if you intend to install some big programs you will probably need to install them on the second HDD, from my experience Windows 7 will need two times more space than Windows XP.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:35 AM
Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:41 PM
The install on the 37GB drive took less than 10GB of space. I renamed the smaller drive C. But, since the larger drive also has an operating system on it, it is not allowing me to format it.
If the second drive doesn't have nothing related to the current system you should be able to use the Disk Manager to delete the partition, create a new one and format.
Posted 25 December 2013 - 11:00 PM
Edited by oneartist, 25 December 2013 - 11:05 PM.
Posted 26 December 2013 - 09:25 AM
Thank You for let us know the result, good job.
Sounds like you have IDE Hard Drives, one of the drives is Master and the other one on the same cable is Slave. The order is set by changing a small jumper on the drives or if the jumper is set to cable select position changing the connection order on the cable will change the Master/Slave order (sometimes this doesn't work and we need to use the jumper to force the configuration we want).
Now that you changed the order the Disk Manager will let you clean the other drive, by default windows puts the boot files on the first drive that's why you got "its boot drive and it could not be formatted" when the system was installed on the second drive.
Posted 26 December 2013 - 10:14 PM
jumper on the drives or if the jumper is set to cable select position changing the connection order on the cable will change the Master/Slave order
Thanks for the reminder. I built this old desktop about 8 or 9 years ago. I had forgotten about the jumpers. The WD 10K rpm raptors use a small red cable instead of the older multipin style. If I have any trouble, I'll check the jumper settings. This whole process has been very educational.
Posted 30 December 2013 - 09:38 AM
Is this a bad idea? Maybe I should just start with a new case.
Edited by oneartist, 30 December 2013 - 10:14 AM.
Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:54 AM
Thanks for let us know the result.
If you like the case and it can accommodate everything you want I don't see any problem you only need to check if the power supply is powerful enough for everything you want to connect specially if you are into gaming...
In newer machines many people are using SSD drives for the OS and programs to get faster boot and the programs running faster, on this type of configuration the HDD's are used to store mainly data but yours are not too large...
All this is relative and depends on the use that the machine will have.
Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:39 PM
Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:44 PM
Thanks for all your help and support.
I'm glad we could help.
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