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

13 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
Re-Installed Windows 7, Recovery Drive is now almost full

Hello! For a long time I have been unable to use my webcam, itunes, or other programs without having to click through a message saying "Bad Image: odbc32.dll was either not designed to run on windows or..." like 30 times!

I did an sfc /scannow and it found corrupt files on my CBS log, but was unable to fix it. I could not find answers online, so I gave up and re-installed Windows 7 with my disk. NOW I can't download anything, because my Recovery Drive has almost no space... and my computer is alerting me that the space is low.

I had no knowledge of drives or anything prior to this! I did a disk cleanup to remove unnecessary files, but I only have 2 programs on my comp now! I cannot find the thing that is taking up so much space on my E: drive! Can someone please help me? I found other threads where people had a similar problem, but the answers didn't help... Thanks so much! TT_TT

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13 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

It sounds very much as though you installed Windows to your computer's recovery partition when in fact you should have installed it to the Windows partition.

The recovery partition is typically around 15GB and should only be used to recover your system to it's out-of-box factory state.

Who manufactured your computer?

Did you create a set of recovery discs?

Can you please upload a screenshot of your fully-expanded disk management layout?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

If your system is truly messed up you can carry out a clean install using your COA product key to activate the system, as this tutorial explains.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
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13 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Thanks, seavixen. My computer is a Dell Inspiron laptop. I don't know how to make recovery disks... does one come with my computer?

Paint refuses to save my screenshot. I ran paint as the administrator and tried saving it in the C: drive... but it says "Save was interrupted"
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13 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Dell recovery procedures here: How To Restore or Reinstall Microsoft Windows on a Dell Computer | Dell

Recovery disc creation here: http://support.euro.dell.com/support...282&l=en&s=dhs

You can use the Snipping Tool to take a screenshot, did you read the link I gave you for uploading it?
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13 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Yes I read it, I tried the snipping tool, but the image won't save right. I was able to save it once, but I can't upload it on here or anywhere; the file size says "0 bytes" :c
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13 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Please don't take this the wrong way, but I think in view of your uncertainty and the state of your system, I think your best course of action is to contact Dell Support and ask them to send you a set of recovery discs.

The support technicians are normally very helpful and you may not even get charged for the discs.

http://support.dell.com/support/topi.../backupcd_form

The link is for the USA so you may need to choose another region if you live elsewhere.
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13 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Okay, I will try it. Thank you again!
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13 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

Please post back to let us know how you get on.
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13 Mar 2012   #9
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Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You fell into a 'Dell trap'. Dell marks the recovery partition as the active partition (which is a bit strange) and since you apparently did not direct the installer to reinstall into the C partition, it installed into the recovery partition. But that partition is far too small for the OS.

The way out is to extend the C partition. But that will require that we know how your dsik looks in Disk Management.

Since you are unable to make any snips, I suggest you open Disk Management and describe for us exactly haow the layout of the disk is. Like this:

1. partition - name = yyy, status = (what's in the parenthesis), capacity= xxx, free=xxx
2. partition - same
3. partition - same

When we have this information, we may be able to fix it.
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13 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Thanks for the input Wolfgang, I never even gave your suggestion a thought, which offers the OP a way out of his dilemma.
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