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Windows 7: Re-Installed Windows 7, Recovery Drive is now almost full

13 Mar 2012   #11
halpplz

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

oh, ok... here it is

1. (name is blank) Layout=simple Type=Basic File System= (blank) Status= Healthy Capacity= 39MB Free Space= 39MB %Free= 100% Fault Tolerance= No Overhead=0%

2. OS (C Layout=simple Type=Basic File System= NTFS Status= Healthy Capacity= 218.20GB Free Space= 121.19GB %Free= 56% Fault Tolerance= No Overhead=0%

3. Recovery (E Layout=simple Type=Basic File System= NTFS Status= Healthy Capacity= 14.65GB Free Space= 0MB %Free= 0% Fault Tolerance= No Overhead=0%


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13 Mar 2012   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Andrew, the question is whether the partition can be easily extended. Something may have to give way. Let's see what the OP says.
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13 Mar 2012   #13
halpplz

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Oh, um... I just posted above you ^^;;
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13 Mar 2012   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I see that now. But that is not the info from Disk Management I was looking for. For C and E I would need the info that is in the red box - especiall which one is the 'active' partition. And is there no D partition?


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13 Mar 2012   #15
halpplz

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Ok, I took a picture of the screen w/ my phone and I am uploading this on a different computer...


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13 Mar 2012   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is a lot better. Fixing it is possible but will be finagly. Let me ask you first:

1. Do you have an external disk or a 16GB USB stick
2. Do you have access to another PC that can get to the internet.
3. Are you ready for an adventure
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13 Mar 2012   #17
halpplz

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

1. I think I only have two 4GB USB sticks... but I could make a trip to radio shack tomorrow if I don't have a disk either!
2. Yes!
3. If it will fix this piece of crap computer, YES!
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13 Mar 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

Since you ran the installer from C instead of booting it, the Win7 you installed to Recovery is on the drive letter E. It's OK to have an OS on E, however most people want Win7 on C. Do you?

If so then follow these steps to get a perfect clean reinstall to C: Clean Reinstall Windows 7 Factory OEM.

Boot into the installer, choose Custom Install, then when you get to the page where you choose the partition to install upon, select Drive Options, delete all partitions, then click Next and the installer will create/format one large install partition for you and begin the install.




If you want to keep Win7 which you installed to E you'll first have to turn off the Paging File as shown in Step 13 here, highlighting C to turn it off: Virtual Memory Paging File - Change

You can then delete C in Disk Management, extend E all the way to right to take up the space.
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Extend
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13 Mar 2012   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What Greg suggests is a fast option. I was wondering though what you have on C. If there is nothing you care to keep, then deleting that volume and partition and extending E would be the fastest fix.

If, however you have stuff on C that you care to save, we would have to do that first.

PS: I order to get a bit of space asap, go to Start > All Programs Accessories. Right click on Command Prompt and 'Run as admin". Into the black window type powercfg -h off (note the spaces in front of - and after h). Then press Enter. That will give you a few GBs. It deletes the hiberfile that you probably never use.
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14 Mar 2012   #20
halpplz

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Well, I don't have any really important files I need to keep... My files seem to be gone already, I don't see them in the folders...so I guess I could just do it the fast way.... I thought I heard extending E: was a bad idea though, idk maybe I'm wrong. Edit: I also want to make sure I am still able to do system restore when this is fixed
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