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Duplicate C & D Drives

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by DaffyD®, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. DaffyD®

    DaffyD® Flightless Bird

    While deleting a program, I did a Windows search to be sure that I had
    removed all the files on the computer. What I found listed in the search
    results were duplicates of the C & D Drives. The program I had deleted was
    still listed on the duplicate D Drive but there was no option for deleting
    the files. In fact when I tried to reinstall the program, it told me it was
    already installed to d:/progra~1 instead of D:/Program Files. I tried going
    into MS-DOS to delete the files there but access was denied for all of them.

    I went ahead and reinstalled the program but it still shows that it's in the
    d:/progra~1 folder. I hope someone can understand what I'm writing about. I
    use Acronis True Home Image to back up my C & D drives and this may be
    related to that, I don't know. Any ideas as to what is going on? What
    additional info do I need to provide?
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  2. Andrew McLaren

    Andrew McLaren Flightless Bird

    On 7/03/2010 17:01, DaffyD® wrote:
    > still listed on the duplicate D Drive but there was no option for deleting
    > the files. In fact when I tried to reinstall the program, it told me it was
    > already installed to d:/progra~1 instead of D:/Program Files. I tried going
    > into MS-DOS to delete the files there but access was denied for all of them.


    Hi Daffy

    "d:/progra~1" and "D:/Program Files" are probably the same directory.

    A directory name "D:/Program Files" uses Long File Names ("LFN"), as
    provided by NTFS and FAT32 file systems.

    The older FAT file system only supported 8.3 Short File Names ("SFN"),
    so long file names get truncated to fit into a 8.3 form, usually with a
    tilde "~" at the end.

    Go to a Command Prompt on your C: drive, enter "CD \" to go to the root
    directory, and then enter "DIR /X". You'll see the directories on your
    C: drive in both SFN and LFN form, side by side. Note that "C:/Program
    Files" is listed as "C:/Progra~1".

    Some older programs, especially 16 bit programs, can only see 8.3 file
    names, even when they are looking at an NTFS or FAT32 file system.

    So I guess that your D: drive is formatted as FAT, or has Long File
    Names disabled for some reason; or that you are looking at it via a
    program hat wants to use the older style 8.3 form of naming.

    I didn't really understand how D: is a duplicate of C: drive? Are you
    replicating the data from C: to D: somehow? Via Acronis? Why? :) In any
    case, the uninstall routine for the application you uninstalled would
    probably have no knowledge or awareness of your disk duplication, so it
    is only going to look at the directory in knows about on the C: drive -
    and not try to uninstall anything from the D: drive. So that part sounds
    normal.

    Hope it helps,

    Andrew

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    amclar at optusnet dot com dot au
     

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