My wife has been given a second-hand Fujitsu Biblo netbook that has Windows Vista on it. For some reason the netbook had three partitions C18GB), D17GB) and E38GB) when we received it. My wife and children want to use the netbook for watching overseas news programs (TV Patrol) or short (max 20 minutes) news videos, but the netbook typically runs out of space on drive C after about 5-20 minutes and then the transmission stops with a 'buffering problem' error message. It is not possible to continue watching moving pictures and disk space must be reclaimed by running an application called CCleaner and a similar inbuilt Vista function. It is then possible to view the news for another 5-20 minutes, but this of course completely ruins the news.
I have never used Vista, but googled and found that I can get more space on drive C by removing partitions to the right (D and E) and then extending drive C into the unallocated space left by deleting the partitions of D and E.
I followed the instructions, i.e. entered Control panel and navigated to Disk Management and deleted drive E, but deleting drive D did not work. I right-clicked on D and noticed that the 'Delete Volume' on the popup menu was inactive (greyed). How can I delete D?
The centre display pane of the disk management dialog shows this:
The word 'Boot' to me indicates that the OS is booted from drive C, but what does Active against drive D mean? Totally confused and would be very grateful for help.
Volume Layout Type File system Status
Simple Basic Healthy (Eisa Configuration)
(C:) Simple Basic NTFS Healthy(Boot,Page File,Crash Dump...)
(D:) Simple Basic NTFS Healthy(System,Active,Primary Partition...)