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Windows 7: Unable to increase free space on Recovery Disk "E"


29 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Unable to increase free space on Recovery Disk "E"

I got the warning msg that my drive "E" (system restore) was almost full. I did a disk cleanup, and a delete all restore points (including system...). After deleting approx 25 restore points and I've deleted down to 2 currently (new ones) and the only way I could get them to go was with CCleaner, My disk now shows only 4.2 free of the setting of 10.6GB. I cannot find what it taking up over 6GB on my recovery disk. What has it gone for....? I searched the internet several hours but can't find the answer. Any help appreciated...TJ

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29 Mar 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

System Restore points take up space on C, rather than in E or a recovery partition in my experience. A recovery partition is normally put there by the manufacturer to allow you to restore to factory specifications if needed. I wouldn't ever deliberately put anything else on a recovery partition.

Who made this PC?

Can you post a picture of Windows Disk Management so we can see a visual display of your partitions?
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29 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
It's a Dell Studio

...so the recovery disk is "E" for sure. Thats the way Dell does it. That is the one that looks 3/4 full but can't why. Dell does it that way so they so they don't have to spend all that money on a backup recovery disk.
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29 Mar 2012   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tjbarne View Post
...so the recovery disk is "E" for sure. Thats the way Dell does it. That is the one that looks 3/4 full but can't why. Dell does it that way so they so they don't have to spend all that money on a backup recovery disk.
Which doesn't explain why System Restore should have anything to do with the E drive.

System Restore and recovery from a recovery partition are 2 entirely different things.

Post a pic of Windows Disk Management.

How much space do you have allotted to System Restore in its configuration panel?
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