> We just set up our new computer with Vista. Our hard drive has 400 gb of
> storage . 50 gb were already allocated for C drive and 6.4 gb for D
> drive:recovery. The rest of the space is unallocated. Everything I have read
> so far states that I need to format this space.
> When I do that will I mess things up with the C & D drives?
No. But before you can format that unallocated space you need to
create a 'partition' in that space (i.e. another drive which Windows
will probably call E: or F
. Once you have created the new partition
you can then format it, and then the new drive will show up in Explorer
so you can actually use it.
Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage >
Disk Management. If you made it that far you should see chart of space
on your disk with the unallocated space clearly labeled. Right-click
on that space and then pick 'New Simple Volume'. The rest is easy ;o)
> Also is this space that I will be
> formatting where I should install my everyday programs, such as Office,
> Norton, etc?
You can if you wish, but you left more than enough room on C: to use
the normal default location C:\Program_Files for installing programs.
The typical use for all the extra space is to store audio/video files
and other such space hogs rather than programs. Or, if you're a true
geek, you can use that space to install ten other operating systems
and have *no* room left over for mere data.