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Windows 7: HP D: Drive (Recovery) space saga - UNSOLVED. :-(


28 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
HP D: Drive (Recovery) space saga - UNSOLVED. :-(

I originally bought an HP 6210F that developed drive problems. Made a default backup and saved to external HD.
when received the P6240F replacement and set it up, I applied that backup and that's when hundreds of xxxxxxx (2) (duplicate files) appeared in the
11 GB Recovery drive - the D: drive directories. - Space remaining became 6.9 MEG !!!!
Deleting all (2) dupes (exact same times and sizes) brought free space up to 55 Meg, still with warning of low disk space on D: (Alert now
disabled) - I can find nothing writing to the D: drive.
55 meg is all that is free and somewhere I was told it must be >=200 meg free to be sufficient. is that true?
this all started after a 1st-time backup restore ended up in D: :-(
And this HP 6240f machine was only a week or so old. :-( - I have been using it (no choice as web pages needed work) for ~3 weeks now with no
operational problems, but as I'm still getting the low D: Drive space warning when enabled, I must have a problem still.. :-(
Have wised up and made the 3 recovery CD's, but being polio-disabled, I just can't face starting over, and hope to just "fix" it. :-)
I'm afraid I'm "hosed" if that 55 Meg Free will stop a future system recovery. :-( :-(
Here is a scan of the Fonts directory. The red arrows show already deleted 2nd copies, but the JAP and KOR ones can be seen in the JPG. - CAN
they be deleted?
http://www.pixtoshare.net/d_drive_boot-Fonts.jpg
I have managed to go from that 7 Meg free to the current 55 Meg free by ALSO deleting almost 800 other (2) type dupes in other D: directories!
(Same situation - same names, dates and sizes, but with a (2) after the name.)
Forgive me if a bit slow - as a Polio Survivor, I have difficulty typing and will try to get captures or refer to earlier one(s) ;-)
Summary as of today:
1) d_drive_boot.jpg is exactly the same sizes and 7/14/2009 file dates now with those (2) ones now gone. the FONTS directory therein now has new
date of 07/22/2010, as we might expect and next will look into that FONTS directory:
2) d_drive_boot-Fonts.jpg has exactly the same sizes and 7/14/2009 file dates now with those (2) ones now gone.
what bothers us is that the free space does not reflect that massive deletion!
3) NEW-SCAN - http://pixtoshare.net/d_drive_main-newest.jpg is exactly the same sizes as before with some new dates and with those (2) ones
now gone.
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4) NEW-SCAN - http://pixtoshare.net/d_drive_hp-top.jpg added - /APPS has 39 directories - all 2009 or jan 2010 dates.
/CDCreator log empty - /Drv has 19 Directories 2009 and jan 2010 - /INI dated 7/21/2010 has 18 ini's
all usual 2009 or jan 2010 dates
5) /MLs has 3 ini files - all same dates as above (factory dates)
6) / PCDRWINPE has 1560 files all 2009, as are the sub-directory file dates.
7) /recovery has /Log, /patch and /update subdirectories. /update is empty, but /log may be interesting noting file dates of the (2) ones and originals
- will post at http://pixtoshare.net/hp_recovery-log.jpg
/patch has only the factory files w/2009 dates.
(HOPE I DON'T TIME-OUT!)
/support has only factory files.
/preload (above /hp) in d:root has only 74 factory 2009 files
/Recovery in d: root has system 32 dated 7/21/2010 and not accessible, and WindowsRE dated 7/21/2010 and also, not accessible. also has 2009
desktop.ini file
/System Volume Information (dated feb, 2010 - (Factory) not accessible.

HOPE this helps - Could not scan some, but they were all factory-dated. Gotta take a rest.
Tom in GA

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01 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Am I missing something? - Zero response? - nobody knows the answer? - Am I the only one with the problem?
Tom
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01 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Try describing the problem in 5 short sentences. Preferably numbered 1, 2, 3....
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01 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
difficulties..

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Try describing the problem in 5 short sentences. Preferably numbered 1, 2, 3....
I totally agree, Bill and can try all over again as IS my default, but was a cut-and-paste WITH breaks and sectionalization that formatted badly.

As I mentioned in that mess (grin):

"as a Polio Survivor, I have difficulty typing and will try to get captures or refer to earlier one(s) ;-) "

Tom
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01 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Have all your documents and files been restored back on to your computer from the back up?
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01 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
backup and re-installations

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tezlewis View Post
Have all your documents and files been restored back on to your computer from the back up?
THANKS for the response.

I have rebuilt the structures I had saved (Documents, photos, Web Work directories, addresses, my settings and data for the 12 YAHOO groups I run, and the rest of my non-program data laboriously, and have been re-installing individual utilities I need (editors, mail, HTML and Flash editors, ad nauseam) for the last few weeks and all seems to be running well.

I have been re-backing up all NEW info, data, texts,to an 8 GB flash card, as well as to the original External 640 GB HD 2 times/week as I worry that (Like the previous PC) a HD failure might crop up.

My main concern (Buried in the mess of mis-formatted stuff above) is that 55 MB remaining in the D: Drive, spawning (disabled now) warnings of low drive space there.

Hope that helps.

Tom
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01 Sep 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

I'm not sure a Recovery partition needs to have a specified amount of free space. You may be confusing it with the error given while running Windows 7 backup imaging if the 100mb System Reserved (boot) partition doesn't have a certain amount of free space.

The way to find out is to try making your Recovery Disks. If you have done that, then try running your Recovery Partition from boot to see if it will cue up. But read the Manual to make sure you know what you are doing since you'll need to be able to bail out of it - or back up your files and let it run to know for sure.

If it won't make disks or run, then going on the hunch your crowding fear is correct use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to borrow some space from adjacent Windows 7 partition to see if it corrects the problem to make the disks or run Recovery.

If you've made your Recov Disks you can even consider wiping the Recov partition to reclaim its HD space into Windows 7 or another partition, using free Partition Wizard bootable CD which can resize in any direction flawlessly. Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

What you probably really want is a good baseline Windows 7 backup image stored externally after you setup as you like, rid yourself of the bloatware you don't want, put on a good lightweight AV like MS Security Essentials, uncheck the startup freeloaders in msconfig>Startup, clean and order perfectly using CCLeaner and Auslogics Disk Defraggers.
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