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Windows 7: hard drive partition problem

18 Oct 2015   #1
jasonp44

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 
hard drive partition problem

Can anyone please advise. My PC has been upgraded from XP to Win7. It appears to have two drives C and D. D is labelled "recovery".
When i try to download anything it tries to put it in D, which has no room left.
Can i either change the default to C, which has plenty of space, or increase the partition share of D.
My PC is Dell with AMD Athlon.
Thanks in advance.


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18 Oct 2015   #2
MarkP15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi jasonp44,

It's tricky to re-size partitions as you have to reformat the hard drive, which will delete all the data. The easiest thing to do is change the default download location for whatever you're using. Is this occurring in your internet browsers like Chrome or IE (and if so, which browsers do you use?) or is it in every program?

Kind Regards,

Mark
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18 Oct 2015   #3
jasonp44

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for reply Mark. I'm using IE ànd Firefox and the same seems to happen in both. It seems to download Ok, but when I try to install a programme (eg. Adobe acrobat) I get a message saying there is no room on D drive. Is it possible to change the default to C drive where there's plenty of room?
Thanks again.
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18 Oct 2015   #4
MarkP15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi jasonp44,

So your problem is that if you try to install anything, it tries to install the program into your partition which has no space (D)?

If so, try changing the default installation directory for your OS:

1 - Start Registry Editor by entering “Regedit” in the search All programs.
2 - Find the following: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
3 - Right click on the value named ProgramFilesDir & change the default value C:\Program Files to the path you want to install all your programs in.
4 - Click OK and Exit.

Hopefully this will change the default directory in which Windows installs your programs.

Kind Regards,

Mark
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18 Oct 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Hi Jason.

Completing this tutorial by Golden would be helpful. It would be nice to see how you have things set up.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Your Recovery partition should not have a partition letter if set up properly.
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18 Oct 2015   #6
jasonp44

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Hi Mark.
Thanks for advice. I followed it through till i got a box called "Edit string", Value name, Value data.
I changed it from D:\Program Files to C:\Program Files.
I just tried to install my printer, but still get message there's no room on D drive. Also failed to install Adobe Acrobat
(
I'll have a look at that tutorial. Thanks.
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18 Oct 2015   #7
MarkP15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi jasonp44,

Can you take a screenshot of the registry and the bit you changed please?

Also, yeah if you attach the screenshot that the tutorial will guide you with that'll be a great help too, cheers.

Kind Regards,

Mark
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18 Oct 2015   #8
jasonp44

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

OK. I'll try. Thanks
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18 Oct 2015   #9
jasonp44

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Hi Mark. Been struggling for a couple of hours to sort out screen shots. My brain hurts... I'll try again tomorrow
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18 Oct 2015   #10
MarkP15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi Jason,

No problem, we can sort it out tomorrow.

Kind Regards,

Mark
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