Acer Frustration

I have a new Acer computer with Windows Vista. It took a while to get used to it but I’m doing okay now. The only problem is, I keep getting a message that there is no hard drive space left, even though it’s a 160 Gig hard drive. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong and then when I checked to see drive C, I realized that the computer had been partitioned.

There is a C drive which is full and holds Windows and all the other programs I have. Since it’s also the default, any documents or pictures I save go there too. There is also a D drive, which should have contained my documents and pictures. It’s totally empty and has all kinds of space. Apparently, it’s good to keep windows in a totally separate area just in case there’s ever a problem. If Windows had to be re-installed, I wouldn’t lose my work since it would be on another drive. But the fact that I had no idea what was going on made it more than a little bit bothersome to me.

Once I figured that part out, I started saving everything to the D drive. But I pity the poor person who doesn’t know how to do that and lets the computer save to its default space. Anyway, in spite of my new-found knowledge, I am still having problems. When I install a program, even if I save it to D, at least part of it goes to the C drive and I get the “no more room” message. This C drive only has 13 GB of space on it and there is no option to expand it. I had a programmer friend of mine over yesterday and he couldn’t do it either.

So now I have emailed Acer and am waiting impatiently for an answer. Since I encouraged my mother to buy the same computer, I need to find out for her sake too. Any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Have you checked out the Acer Forums? Posted to “Experts exchange”?Done a googleaaaaa

  2. search for your problem. Sorry about the split post. I

    • Sandy
    • Thursday

    I had the same problem with my brand new Gateway. I reformatted the hard drive and did not partition it. Then I only put the operating sytem back on. When you get a new computer you get a bunch of junk a long with it. Now I only have what I want on it. I hope this helps.

  3. Thank you both, Robert and Sandy. I did check out a number of forums but there doesn’t seem to be any way to enlarge the default partition. And to make matters worse, both drives were marked as the default, so couldn’t do much with either. Since I’m not a techie, I couldn’t reformat the drive myself, but Acer ended up giving me a new hard drive since mine was determined to be faulty.

    And Sandy, you are right about all the extra junk you get with a new computer. First thing I usually do is remove all the sample programs.

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