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Windows 7: Recovery Drive D: almost full in one week

01 May 2012   #11
ann16

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 

Hi!

I have not done anything yet. I've just been monitoring if there would be any changes in the Recovery (D: )
So far, it hasn't changed (still 1.46GB free of 13.0GB)
Here is the screenshot of the contents of D:



I did not get this even after unhiding hidden files. I got this after I clicked "Unhide protected operating system files (Recommended)" in the folder options.

Thank you for your suggestions!


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01 May 2012   #12
gregrocker

 

I don't see anything which obviously shouldn't be there. Make your HP Recovery Disks so you don't have to rely solely on running Recovery from the partition although it is the first choice if necessary since it's more stable and the disks should act as back up - if you really want the bloated factory install.

However since you've come here to the top place on the web for clean reinstalling bloated factory OEM preinstalls - of which HP is the worst - or cleaning up bloatware in the meantime, read over these resources when you have a chance and feel free to ask back any questions: Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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01 May 2012   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nothing unusual for a recovery partition. But HP always cut their recovery partitions very tight. I would not worry about it. You still have more than 10% free, so it should not show red in Computer. But even that would not be a drama.

PS: adding to Greg's suggestion: Make an image of your current system. Then you need not rely on the recovery partition at all. And if you want to always be up-to-date, image often. Imaging with free Macrium
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01 May 2012   #14
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

One thing odd in that screenshot is the fact that the "$RECYCLE.BIN" and "System Volume Information" folders each have their modified dates set to today, indicating activity within those folders. I'd check System Properties to ensure System Restore for that drive is turned off.
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01 May 2012   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sibbil View Post
One thing odd in that screenshot is the fact that the "$RECYCLE.BIN" and "System Volume Information" folders each have their modified dates set to today, indicating activity within those folders. I'd check System Properties to ensure System Restore for that drive is turned off.
Right. I suggested to do that in post #3. But he never reported back on that.
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01 May 2012   #16
ann16

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
In addition to my prior post, how about checking this out;

Since it is a fact that the D drive, in this case, shouldn't be written to; First I'd disable SYSTEM RESTORE to it. Go to CONTROL PANEL, SYSTEM, SYSTEM PROTECTION on left side, select D: on the bottom pane and CONFIGURE to turn it off.

Then I'd look to see what files had the DATE changed to be today/yesterday and figure out the file(s) being written. With that info, you should be able to determine the cause. It might have been nothing more than a restore point being created on boot or after installing a program?

The advice in my first post can be beneficial as well...
The System Restore is already OFF when I checked it.
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01 May 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

It should only be turned off on all other drives except C. On C I would have it configured for around 20% of disk space so you have more Restore options which hang around longer.
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01 May 2012   #18
ann16

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Make your HP Recovery Disks so you don't have to rely solely on running Recovery from the partition although it is the first choice if necessary since it's more stable and the disks should act as back up - if you really want the bloated factory install.
How do I make HP Recovery Disks? I've been using HP laptops for so many years and yet I don't know/explore many of these things.
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08 May 2012   #20
ann16

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 

Thanks to all!
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