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Gareth Morris
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 - 2:28 pm:   

Hello. I'm new to computing and so I'm probably worrying over something silly but please can you help me.
My friend has been given a PC by her parents who bought it from a couple of lads at a computer fair. It's been made up from various old PC componants (yes I know,I wouldn't have bought it either but they're quite poor and it's all they can afford)and has two hard drives.
Drive:C is 800Mb and Drive:D is 400Mb. Both drives have "Win98" on them,taking up 340+Mb on C: and 140+Mb on D:. Now my question is this;do the two Drives NEED two copies of Windows to work or is it just the old O/S's left on from when they were in two seperate P/Cs? Can I uninstall the copy of Win98 from Drive D: and not do any harm to the PC as a whole? If yes then how do I do it safely? We are trying to free up as much drive space as possible as at 1.2gig (combined)it's to small to do much of anything as applications;such as Photoshop etc. are so big it doesn't leave much storage space to actualy do anything.
Can someone please help?
Have I waffled on too much? Sorry if I have but like I said, I'm new myself(4 months and counting)
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 - 2:40 pm:   

I would like to appologise for my little error in my origional plea for help. In the subject box I mistakenly said the drives were running Win 95 where as they are, in fact running 98 as stated in the ples it's self. Sorry.
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 - 8:43 pm:   

You dont need two copies of windows in your system so the best way to free up space is to format drive d. From your question I assume you do not have Windows 98 on CD. If you do have this then the best thing would be to format both c and d and install a clean windows 98 on the larger of the two drives.
So assuming you dont have w98 on cd, open windows explorer and select drive d. Right click and select format from the menu. This will remove everything from d drive and free up the entire drive. If there is data on d that you want you must copy it to c before you format it.
If you need further help please contact.

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