Dealing with Windows 7 and a partitioned hard drive
February 13, 2013 1:21 PM Subscribe
I have a new Dell XPS computer that has a partitioned hard drive. Apparently, (pre-installed, no disc) Windows 7 is running on the 256 GB portion, not the 2TB partition, which is much too small for all of my documents and music. I've copied some files on to the partition and, not surprisingly, Windows 7 does not see them via My Documents, My Music. How can I make this work as it should? Or is it possible?
posted by kthanksbai to computers & internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here's an opportunity for you computer experts to snicker at my ignorance although I know Mefites are generally really kind in their replies.
I bought a new computer because I want and need power, baby. I'll spare you the details because I don't think you need them to help me or tell me I'm fucked.
I opted for a 2TB hard drive because I could. Yesterday as I was migrating files, I was shocked to receive a notice that there was no more space. Since then, I've learned that the hard drive is 256GB SSD SRT enhancement +2TB SATA Hard Drive 7200 RPM.
I am running Windows 7 because there was no way in hell I was ready to migrate to Windows 8. (One of the reasons I chose this model was because they had an option for Windows 7.)
So here's my problem. Apparently (pre-installed, no disc) Windows 7 is running on the 256 GB part. And my documents are more than 258 GB which is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the photo, music and video files.
One of the things I like about Windows 7 is the easy navigation to My Docs, Music, Pictures etc., but when I load the documents to the 2 TB partition, Windows 7 doesn't locate them (which is not unexpected). I can manually choose My Computer and navigate to the partition but I'd prefer not to have to do that: I'd really like to use the Windows 7 links. Is this possible?