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Windows 7: Recovery d drive storing program files (86) and is almost full.


20 Nov 2011   #1

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Recovery d drive storing program files (86) and is almost full.

I have an HP laptop and windows 7. The recovery d drive is almost full. It is storing program files (86) which consists of an 'Adobe' folder and when I click on that it lists my Adobe CS3 and Adobe bridge etc. a 'recovery' folder and' HP_WSD. dat' and 'HPSF_ Rep' are also listed on the drive.

I have an external drive where I hope I have backed up my files following the back-up procedure. When I look at the is lists 'SHAZ HP', Windowsimagebackup and mediaID.bin

MY 2 QUESTIONS ARE: Can I delete what is on the recovery d drive and do I appear to have backed up properly on the external drive.

any help much appreciated

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20 Nov 2011   #2

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Why are you installing programs to D: drive?
& not C: drive.
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20 Nov 2011   #3
whs
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You apparently did not change the drive letter when you backed up those files. D is often assumed as default. I would move those files to where you think they should be.
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20 Nov 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sharonyoung View Post

MY 2 QUESTIONS ARE: Can I delete what is on the recovery d drive and do I appear to have backed up properly on the external drive.
You have apparently gone down the wrong path by installing programs onto D rather than C. You can often install to a partition other than C, but you shouldn't have chosen D because it is limited in size.

So--NO, you should definitely not delete what is on D. The D drive should contain files that will restore you to factory condition--which you may need to do given the wrong path you have gone down.

As far as your backup goes, I don't know. You are using Windows built in backup and I have no expertise with it. But I certainly would not assume you have anything backed up correctly---all the more reason not to delete the recovery capabilities on D, which you may well need.

How much space do you have on C? You may need to reinstall your programs there--that's the normal purpose of the C drive.
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20 Nov 2011   #5

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Hi thanks for that. I wasn't aware that I had installed the programmes to the D drive. The c drive has a lot of space and it also has the same 'programe files (86) folder on it. When I click into that it has an adobe folder but my full photoshop cs3 programme doesn't seem to be there. Would it be ok for me to move the program files from the d to c drive or do I need to re install my photoshop?

You commented that I was using the windows back up. Can you tell me how else I could have done it? cheers again.
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20 Nov 2011   #6

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You can't simply move installed programs from one drive to another without asking for problems.

I'd uninstall whatever is on the D drive and reinstall those same applications to the C drive.

Re backup:

What are you trying to back up? Your personal data? Or Windows and your installed programs? It's a critical distinction and the proper program depends on the answer.
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20 Nov 2011   #7
whs
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You can use Windows Backup (although that would not be my first choice). But you have to make sure that the backup partition is set by you and is not using the default.

My way is that I defined a Data Partition and move all my user data there. Then I image that partition as needed. I use free Macrium for that. Then I can either restore the whole partition or mount the image VHD (just double click on the image file) and pick whichever file I need to restore individually.
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21 Nov 2011   #8

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I coped the ADOBE from the D to C and that seemend to work, although I left it on the D just incase. I will uninstall ADOBE from c and then reinstall on D, if that is the safer option. I would like to back up what is needed, should the lap top suddenlt fail to work. So not sure how to do that. I have an external drive and so chose the windows backup and the detination as the external drive. I'm a novice at this, so unfortunately, I'm afraid I have no idea what the advice above is referring to.
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21 Nov 2011   #9

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21 Nov 2011   #10

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Sharon, can you please post a screenshot of your fully expanded dusk management layout (including your external backup drive) so we can see exactly what is going on?

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As others have said, your recovery partition should not be used to install programs. You can't just copy Adobe CS3 and Adobe Bridge to another partition, they'll need to be uninstalled, and then re-installed on your C Drive.
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