Windows 8 with 1TB Hard disk drive

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My old computer died and so I ended up buying a new one.

The new computer has windows 8 with a 1 TB SATA3 disk drive.

When I went to File Explorer to check out the computer, I saw something which was strange to me.
First, I must say that this was the first time I had a computer with 1 TB hard disk.

It stated I had a Windows(C:) drive of about 150 GB and a DATA(D:) drive of about 760 GB.
The Windows(C:) drive said I had about 90 GB free while the DATA(D:) drive said it had 760 GB free.
If we had the two together we get almost the 1 TB.

I am just curious how this works. I see windows 8 was installed on the C: but what about D:
How is this used. How do C: and D: interact. When is D: used, etc.

I would appreciate if someone can clarify all this for me.

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I don't know the specifics on how Windows 8 configures things, but to me it sounds like it is possible that is the same hard drive that was setup with multiple partitions. By partitioning a hard drive you could have as many drive letters as you want in Windows. For example you could have C, D, E, F, G, and more if you had setup enough partitions off of the single hard drive. With Linux you could have multiple mount points by having multiple partitions.

When you first setup windows there may be an option to reconfigure your partitions for how you want things to be. I know with Windows 7 that option is there. Also with older versions of Windows 7 I believe it has issues with large hard drives so it may do something similar to what you mentioned, creating one partition for all it knows how to do, and then once you install windows and all of its updates it realize there is actually more space to create another partition off of. I would think Windows 8 wouldn't have that issue though, so maybe when you setup Windows there is an option to fix that.

For me personally, I usually use a smaller SSD for my operating system so that I can boot up quickly, and then large hard drives for storage of my more important things that I would setup after Windows is installed.
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The software was preloaded.
When I turned on the computer for the first time, it automatically went into installing Windows 8.

So what happens then when C: becomes nearly full while D: is empty.
Will windows 8 start to use D: when necessary
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Is it possible to combine C and D so that it just becomes C at 1TB.

I am new at this so I would need some simple instructions to follow

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I found a partition tool called "MiniTool Partition Wizard"

This tool can apparently extend one partition by taking from another partition on the same disk.

What I am thinking to do is to take 650 GB from D: and give it to C:

This would mean then C: would be about 800 GB and D: would be about 100 GB


Anybody have any comments
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How you should deal with this is leave it be. When you install applications or download things like music or movies, put them on the D: drive. Your 150GB C: drive is plenty of room for Windows 8 to live in without fear of running out of space. Just use your D: drive for everything else.

My computer at home has three hard drives. I have a smallish SSD drive that holds only the OS. Then I have a 3TB SATA drive that I store things like music, movies, and my application installs. The third drive is a larger SSD that I use for virtual machines.
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Hi grinch2171

I started putting all programs on D: as you mentioned.

It worked for most of the time.

However, there were a few instances when I installed on D: that the program did not function properly.
They did ask me where to install and I said D

When I uninstalled and reinstalled on C, they worked fine.

Why would this happen
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No idea, I have never had an issue like that.
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Some older programs might have hard-coded references to "C:\"-based paths, which would cause issues if you install to a different drive. Lazy programming, mostly.
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Couldn't you alter the paths through the registry or environment variables?
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Usually, yeah.

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