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Master Geek

# 140915 24-Feb-2014 14:18
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i recently run out of space on my 40gb c drive and had to format my d-drive this morning.  i think i did it right as it appears to be working. 


i put a couple of programs in there - that was trial and error getting them to work once there. my problem is i can't delete an empty folder. turning off file-sharing and trying to change permissions to it just keep coming back with the same message: access denied.  it's just an empty malwarebytes folder so that's the one i'm trying to get rid of.  i suspect all the folders and files would be the same though so before i put anything else on my d-drive - i have to know how to get rid of it if i want to.  


hope that makes sense. i have admin rights on this comp and am always logged in to that account.  

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Uber Geek

  # 993354 24-Feb-2014 14:32
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This all sounds a bit dodgy to me.

Are C: and D: on the same disk?
If they are, you probably should have just expanded C: instead.
If they aren't, you'd have probably been better off cloning the OS to the new disk.

Either way, have you tried turning it off and back on again?

Location: Dunedin


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  # 993402 24-Feb-2014 15:53
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Are you sure it is empty? If there's hidden or system files, you won't be allowed to delete the folder.


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Master Geek

  # 993873 25-Feb-2014 09:29
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i don't think there's anything dodgy going on. i was just in a hurry when i wrote the first post so probably didn't explain well.

when i bought the comp new a few years ago it was advertised as having a 250 GB hard drive. it has a c-drive with 40GB's of space and a d-drive with 198 GB's of space. i was suppose to 'format' the d-drive when i bought it but never got around to it as i never needed the space until yesterday. since it wasn't formatted i've never been able to use it or save anything into it.

i formatted it this morning and am now able to use it. i can put documents into it without any problems and little programs like cc-cleaner just by dragging them from their c-drive locations but when i put spybot and malwarebytes into it they didn't work so i deleted them and re-downloaded them saving them to the d-drive ... then they worked. it's just that one of the malwarebytes folders didn't delete and won't allow me to delete it. i have hidden files and system files set to 'show' and there's nothing in that folder.

i don't know how many discs i have. only the one i think?

edit: it's dual core if that means anything.  if i'm still not making sense and need to go to a tech support site lemme know. just thought i'd try asking here first so thanks you two for the replies.  :)

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Uber Geek

  # 993982 25-Feb-2014 11:14
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Download a handy little script/registry entry called "Take Ownership" and give it a go on the folder. It usually works for me. :)

Sometimes what you don't get is a blessing in disguise!

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  # 994163 25-Feb-2014 14:46
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It sounds like the C and D drive letters are on the same physical disk.
I'd use something like Aomei Partition Assistant (there is lots of tools like it) and expand C drive to whatever size you need so you can install programs just like you did before.


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Uber Geek

  # 994168 25-Feb-2014 14:59
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Windows disk management should happily expand C: drive to any size you want, although I'd discourage just having a bash at this point.

I'm just making assumptions here, so I apologise if I'm wrong. This is what I think happened.

What you had

What you did

What you should have done

If you've just moved program folders to the "new" D: drive, then you've done it wrong and it'll cause you trouble soon enough.

Location: Dunedin


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