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Windows 7: Recovery (D) 80% full, How to clean out?


21 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium - unsure if 32 or 64
 
 
Recovery (D) 80% full, How to clean out?

Hello,

I just inheritied an HP Pavillion Entertainment laptop P--Dv6. In checking it out all of the old files--docs pics and stuff have been deleted, however the Recovery (D) drive has only 2.19 GB free left out of 13.2 GB. The other drives are relatively empty. Does anyone know how to clean out the recovery drive of un-needed things? I have no idea what is important and what's not.

While I'm here-does anyone know how to reset the username for the PC so it shows mine?

Thank you

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21 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello jewelergirl777, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look through the information in this tutorial at the link below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


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21 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium - unsure if 32 or 64
 
 

Thanks for your reply. I am not sure I am comfortable doing a complete reinstall of windows 7. I dont have any disks and dont want to lose any programs, etc, and I think it's still under warrantee for a while yet (my mom forgot to send the sales paperwork with the computer).

Any other ways to fix it?
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21 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'm sure D: Recovery is a factory partition used to completely recover the PC back to the way it was when it left the factory and is best left-alone or you may disable that function. Post a snip of a maximized Windows 7 disk management for us to look at before you do anything.


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21 Aug 2012   #5

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

The Recovery drive is part of the installation from HP - it is where the "original" files are located. If you use the HP recovery, this drive is where it goes. If you ever want to use that feature, do not delete that drive or any files in it. The reason it is almost "full" is that is the space needed for the recover files, nothing else.

If you don't every want to restore the HP installation, then remove the partition and add the space to your C:\ drive. Just know that the recovery option will no longer work.

Regards,
GEWB
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21 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium - unsure if 32 or 64
 
 

Oh--Thank you. It sounds like I can just leave it alone. I was afraid it would become somehow too full to use for practical purposes in the near future. If it is just for recovery alone I won't mess with it.

Thank you!
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21 Aug 2012   #7

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jewelergirl777 View Post
Oh--Thank you. It sounds like I can just leave it alone. I was afraid it would become somehow too full to use for practical purposes in the near future. If it is just for recovery alone I won't mess with it.

Thank you!
Indeed, don't mess with it!

Regards,
GEWB
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