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Windows 7: D Recovery Drive full


20 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
D Recovery Drive full

A month ago I upgraded from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium on my 8 mon old Toshiba Satellite L300 ..now recovery d drive is full..only 7 gigs ..I guess the backups have been going there and have not removed previous backups ..now processing is slower and I worried about a total freeze.( could some components of my OS be there as well?)
I used the disk manager and tried to add space onto my d from c but only ended up with an unallocated partition of 20g's ..couldn't figure out how to add to D..

CIs there a way to get into the d and delete backup files ..or as I read in another forum.. do I remove the partitions letters for the d ? would that just make it one big c drive? ..would that effect computers performance? how can I get that unallocated partion back to c ..or to d ? I could sure use some help ..thanks, gerry


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20 Jan 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gerrmcke View Post
A month ago I upgraded from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium on my 8 mon old Toshiba Satellite L300 ..now recovery d drive is full..only 7 gigs ..I guess the backups have been going there and have not removed previous backups ..now processing is slower and I worried about a total freeze.( could some components of my OS be there as well?)
I used the disk manager and tried to add space onto my d from c but only ended up with an unallocated partition of 20g's ..couldn't figure out how to add to D..

CIs there a way to get into the d and delete backup files ..or as I read in another forum.. do I remove the partitions letters for the d ? would that just make it one big c drive? ..would that effect computers performance? how can I get that unallocated partion back to c ..or to d ? I could sure use some help ..thanks, gerry
Gerry Hi and welcome

I dont know how big your HD is. but there are a few things to consider.
1-do you want to back up (a good idea)
2-how big is the C:\ partition? win 7 needs about 25 gigs
3-slowness. can be either from a fragmented HD, too little space, too little ram etc

If you give us your specs we can help more

Ken J+
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20 Jan 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Giving D more space is counterproductive. i assume that is your system recovery partition - and that should never be written into. It's only there for an emergency reinstallation. Open the partition (e.g. in Computer) and delete everything that does not belong there. If you don't know what, take a snip of the open partition and post it. We'll help you sort it out.
But that should not be the cause of a system slowdown. There must be other reasons. Maybe you can give more info of the circumstances.
The 20GBs you shrunk off your C you better put back in. You could add them to D, but that is a rather complicated procedure. I don't think you want to know. It is only easy when the free space is to the right of the partition (as seen in Disk Management).
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20 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Hi Gerry -

Can you please post back screenshots of your full Disk management drive map as well as the D: drive folder.

Use the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attaching files using paper clip in reply box.
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21 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for all the responses ..here's some info requested
Name:  ComputerCapture.PNG
Views: 135
Size:  13.0 KB

Disk Management.doc

Hope this helps
thanks..again


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21 Jan 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

We need to know what's on your D partition. Please open that and take a screenshot.
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21 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gerrmcke View Post
A month ago I upgraded from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium on my 8 mon old Toshiba Satellite L300 ..now recovery d drive is full..only 7 gigs ..I guess the backups have been going there and have not removed previous backups ..now processing is slower and I worried about a total freeze.( could some components of my OS be there as well?)
I used the disk manager and tried to add space onto my d from c but only ended up with an unallocated partition of 20g's ..couldn't figure out how to add to D..

CIs there a way to get into the d and delete backup files ..or as I read in another forum.. do I remove the partitions letters for the d ? would that just make it one big c drive? ..would that effect computers performance? how can I get that unallocated partion back to c ..or to d ? I could sure use some help ..thanks, gerry
Your D: drive is SUPPOSED to be full. It is made just large enough to hold the recovery files. You aren't supposed to put anything additional on that drive. Vista had a lower threshold before it would show the drive full message. You can make a registry entry that will turn off the message, but again, what you are seeing is normal.
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21 Jan 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Your D: drive is SUPPOSED to be full. It is made just large enough to hold the recovery files. You aren't supposed to put anything additional on that drive. Vista had a lower threshold before it would show the drive full message. You can make a registry entry that will turn off the message, but again, what you are seeing is normal.
He has only 2MB of free space. If should show red in Computer because he has fallen below 10% free space - that's how he probably spotted it. I suspect he wrote stuff on the partition. The normal culprit is file backup because it assumes D as default and people don't bother to change that. I hope he posts a snip of his open D. Then we can advise him which files are safe to delete.

Btw: some manufacturers leave quite a lot of free space on D - e.g. Gateway. But with HP it is always tight. Just enough to accomodate the 300MB minimum shadowstorage without turning red - in case someone turns system restore on..
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21 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm having trouble accessing my d drive files and folders...I unchecked "don't show hidden folders, Hide empty drives Hide extensions Hide protected Os ..etc"
but still couldn't open the files.. only came up with
see........Name:  D Drive.png
Views: 81
Size:  11.7 KB

When I tried to open the folders it said I couldn't access them..would the file
Animal dated 17/01/2010 be just a backup because of the date
also ..I'm not sure how to put the unallocated drivefile back into drive c using Windowsdisk management utility..thanks again , Gerry


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21 Jan 2010   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is all very strange. Normally it is no problem opening D - it is just another volume. Could you explain again what this "animal" thing is.
If you want to add this healthy 7.5GB partition without a drive letter to the right of D (as seen in your Disk management) watch that I have made to explain it. It is towards the end of the video.
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